Mansfield Musical and Dramatic Society, Inc.
A theatrical performance is made up of many parts. One of the less obvious is set dressing. Set dressing is everything on the stage that is not handled by the actors and fills the set, making it more appealing and interesting for the audience and helping to set the tone of the production.
One of the important pieces of set dressing in Beauty and the Beast is the Enchanted Rose. An Enchantress places a powerful curse on Prince Adam, handing him an enchanted rose and turning him into a Beast. The curse can only be broken if the Beast learns to love another and receives the other's love in return before the last petal from his enchanted rose withers and falls.
Enter our very own “Maurice” tinkerer and general problem solver, Tony Newman. Tony is applying his former engineering experience and skills to create an enchanted rose for MMuDS’ forthcoming production of Beauty and the Beast.
The brief: Create a rose that will reliably lose its petals, one by one, on cue and in time with the music. The rose will be on stage and visible during the whole performance. The rose will be covered by a glass dome so it cannot be “spot” lit. The rose has to lose its petals reliably for dress rehearsals and all performances.
The story so far: Tony has been working away during this long cold winter on what he has come to call …”the beastly rose”. After false starts, equipment failures, redrafts, system failures, rethinking and a number of prototypes, the enchanted rose is “coming along quite nicely”.
The result … well, you will have to come and see Beauty and the Beast to find out!
Lyfe of Bryan - the musical - showing June 2017
Cast information on the Lyfe of Bryan page.
Enquiries to Producer, Karen Pirie: email@example.com
The MMuDS Play Reading Group will continue with enjoyment of Anton Chekhov’s play, Uncle Vanya.
The July meeting looked at the script, read some scenes, discussed the themes and characters, and drew up a preliminary cast list. Having had time to get somewhat acquainted with the roles, we will complete the reading on Monday, August 29.
The play presents Vanya and his niece Sonya who for years have worked tirelessly to keep the family’s dilapidated estate from ruin. The return of Sonya’s father, the Professor, with his beautiful second wife throws the harmony of the farm off balance as old loyalties and new loves conflict.
Written more than a century ago, the play deals with surprisingly modern concerns about property development and harm to the environment. Funny and heartbreaking, Chekhov’s masterpiece lays bare his characters’ passions, hopes and desires with warmth and poignancy.
Are you a young, regional Australian?
Do you have a passion for your community and a story to tell?
Would you like to go to Canberra and represent your local community at the Heywire Regional Youth Summit?
The ABC Heywire Competition is in its 19th year. If you’re aged 16-22, and live outside the big cities, enter your story in the Heywire competition and be part of something big.
Entries close 16 September 2016. For more information please go to http://www.abc.net.au/heywire/
While the weather has suddenly turned just a little warmer (lovely sun-shiny days) this has not dented the enthusiasm of the Local Vocals choir to continue rehearsing for its performance at the Library this Friday. The choir will sing some of its old favourites such as Pachabel’s Cannon and have learned some new songs especially for this performance including Singin’ In the Rain and Sleigh Ride.
Lasting about an hour, this free event, which also includes drinks (including mulled wine) and nibbles, will be full of local talent and community spirit. Come and celebrate all things wintery, and join the Library and Local Vocals at the Mansfield Library this Friday (19 August) 6.30pm. Bookings are preferred: please contact the Library direct on 5775 2176.
Any one interested in being involved in Local Vocals is most welcome 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
The MAD Orchestra has returned to playing after a month long break during July. Lots of musicians were busy practising during the time off and some instruments were gathering dust!! But, our first rehearsal back was AMAZING!!!
We are preparing for a combined Soiree afternoon on September 10th with the Benalla Rose City Band, MAD Strings Ensemble and MAD Kids. We will be performing some combined items with over 40+ players for some pieces! Wow. This will be an event not to be missed. Music will include marches, movie themes and more! The concert will begin at 2pm at the Mansfield PAC. Donations at the door please.
Our BATB pit orchestra is busy at work preparing their parts for the upcoming musical. We have welcomed a couple of new faces to the crew and it’s been a great sounding group so far. Our string section have set the bar very high under the direction of Lucy Cleeland. They held extra rehearsals while the Sketchers were away traveling, so all the other sections are now busily rehearsing hard to keep up with them.
Finally, some of our youngest musicians are auditioning for solo positions in the upcoming September concert. They have been practising their chosen pieces hard, gaining confidence by performing in front of others and showing great focus during group rehearsals on Monday evenings. These up and coming musicians will be our future stars in the pit and on stage! Remember to come along to support them at the concert.
If you play a musical instrument and would like to join the MAD Orchestra please get in touch with Monica Sketcher email@example.com
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:
If you are a member of MMuDS, or are already on our contacts database, you should be receiving our email newsletter each month automatically. If not, you can subscribe here.
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.