Well the sun has set on MMuDS’ Production of Beauty and the Beast. Apart from the usual post production blues, we have to say that it all went well … actually, it was, quite simply, fantastic!
They say it takes a village to raise a child, well, it takes a community to stage a musical. There are many, many, many, people to thank for the success of Beauty and the Beast. A few require special mention:
Michael Isbister – Director: for his vision, drive and determination
Monica Sketcher – Musical Director: for her commitment, enthusiasm and sharing of chocolates!
Bernadette Gifford – Vocal Coach: for moulding a diverse group of oldies and first timers into a harmonious ensemble and principals that knocked our socks off
Matt Godding – Stage Manager: for dedication, perseverance and sheer hard work.
Cathie Smith - Costumes: – weren’t they extraordinary?
And, of course an enormous thank you to the cast, crew, and support teams and their families; and, most importantly, our thanks to you, our audience, for making Beauty and the Beast the success it was.
Enquiries to Producer, Karen Pirie: firstname.lastname@example.org
After a month’s recess to ease the load on our members who were taking part in the brilliant MMuDS production of “Beauty and the Beast”, the playreading group will resume in November.
This month’s choice is a one-act comedy by Woody Allen entitled “God”, which explores the notion of reality with a light touch.
The scene is an amphitheatre in Athens, approximately 500 BC. Diabetes, an actor, and Hepatitis, a writer, sit on stage lamenting that Hepatitis’ new play lacks a good ending.
Suddenly they ask if the audience have any suggestions. Alarming abysses open. What if the audience are characters in another play, and somebody is writing THEM?
Diabetes and Hepatitis ask the author of the play, Woody Allen, if he has any advice. But before he can respond, other playwrights and actors from different periods and different places join the action.
In the ensuing melee of shifting realities, time and space become inextricably mixed.
Finally the curtain falls on “God” but not on the audience. The play ends where it began, suggesting that reality exists in an infinite loop.
Everyone is welcome to attend the reading at the Delatite Hotel on Monday, November 28, starting at 7 pm sharp.
For more information phone Janet Mackenzie, 5775 2988.
What a brilliant job the MAD Orchestra did in providing the backing for Beauty and The Beast!
If you play a musical instrument and would like to join the MAD Orchestra please get in touch with Monica Sketcher email@example.com
Here's a picture of the Orchestra marching in the recent Mansfield High Country Festival parade:
Local Vocals has started rehearsing for Christmas Carols in December. We're going to be performing Handel's Hallelujah Chorus with the MAD Orchestra on Friday 2nd December at Mansfield's annual Carols by Candlelight. With only three rehearsals to go, we welcome anyone interested in singing carols to come along.
We meet at Nobian Place each Wednesday 7.00 to 9.00pm during school term. For more information contact Bernadette on firstname.lastname@example.org
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MMuDS is always looking for volunteers and people interested in assisting or taking part in any of our programs or productions. Even if you don't want to be on stage, you could usher, help with hair or makeup, assist at the box office... the list is endless!
You can find information on MMuDS productions, membership and lots more by exploring this web-site or our Facebook page
You can also contact the committee at any time by emailing here. We would love to hear from you.
Did you know that there are a number of excellent amateur theatre companies in the North East? (i.e. apart from MMuDS :-)
Here are some links to follow:
Benalla Performing Arts Centre (BPACC)