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Cinderella Reply to this News Item Print this Topic E-Mail this Topic
Posted 2007/06/19 - 15:26 By Jean
News There will be a production meeting on 27th June, 8.00 pm in the Nags Head. Anyone is welcome to come along and share their ideas or suggestions. Please come along if you are interested in helping out with the production of Cinderella. Hope to see you there.

Jean


After the show, the carnival! Reply to this News Item Print this Topic E-Mail this Topic
Posted 2007/05/31 - 12:07 By sue
News The three one-act plays are done and dusted. For ELAPs Juniors, this was the first time that they had been integrated into ELAPs' Spring production, repeating their award-winning performance of Tom Stoppard's abridgement of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice. The increase in their self-esteem and confidence as they took to the stage in the Village Hall was inestimable.

Several of the youngsters have told us that their teachers have recommended that they join ELAPs to get the experience and the fun of working in amateur theatre - a fantastic accolade for the group.

Gill Bowness, not quite repeating the role that she had in Play On! two years' ago, was overwhelmed by the reception of her first play, 'Hindsight', which was the second feature of the evening. Starting at the end and working backwards, the two-handed play traced the course of a doomed love affair, matching the course of the relationship with the year's seasons. 'Hindsight' has reached the final of NANDA's Playwriting Competition to be held at Radcliffe On Trent Village Hall on 7th July 2007, the 60th birthday of NANDA, and has been entered into NANDA's One Act Festival at the The Duchess Theatre, Long Eaton on 17th June 2007.

Finally, we had a hugely enjoyable black comedy, 'Miss Glossop's Weekend Break,' to send the audience home chuckling. Some of the double entendres only became apparent to me, as Mrs Jarvis, once I was up on stage and in front of an audience. I have to confess that I broke one of the cardinal rules of theatre, and had to try and conceal my laughter. I was supposed to play it straight! Maybe I'll do better tonight.

But there's no time for a breather. We shall be straight into planning entertainment for East Leake Carnival. This year, we actually have an entire float to ourselves for the parade. It's all hush-hush, and I'm not being told what the theme is, so you'll just have to go out to join the throng on June 23rd, to find out.

And once the carnival is over, the summer workshops, which we use as a preparation for the December production, will begin. On June 28th, Sue Hutton will be leading a workshop in improvisation, aiming to encourage creative performance and interaction with other players. On July 5th and 12th, we welcome the return of Julia Gaunt, a professional voice coach who has links with the Leicester College of Performing Arts, and the Midlands Academy of Dance & Drama in Nottingham, and Zak (we only know him as Zak!). Julia will be giving tips on vocal technique, and Zak will be opening our eyes to business and characterisation on stage.

That's it for today. Check out www.elaps.co.uk for information and to drop us a line. You can come to meet us every Thursday in the Village Hall at 7.30 pm. Everyone is welcome.


Award winning Juniors front Spring production Reply to this News Item Print this Topic E-Mail this Topic
Posted 2007/04/30 - 16:29 By sue
News Be sure to come and watch the award-winning ELAPs Juniors in their abridged version of Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice', by Tom Stoppard.

The Juniors' performance starts off ELAPs' Spring production of three one-act plays taking place in East Leake Village Hall at 7.30pm, Thursday 17th, Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May.

Starring Ellie Bowness as Shylock, and Larissa Oates as Portia, both highly commended for their acting at this year's NANDA (Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Drama Association) Youth Theatre Festival last Saturday, the cast of 20 aged from 7 to 17, won plaudits from the adjudicator for their creative, disciplined and mature interpretation of the language. Essentially, they brought the play alive.

Which is why the adjudicator, Jill Gautrey, gave her special prize to the group as an ensemble for successfully tackling a challenging piece of theatre. George Hutton played Antonio, Max Carter Bassanio, Tom Burrows Graziano, Tom Hind Lorenzo, Jessica McVay Nerissa, Nadia Oates Jessica, Bethan Roberts Launcelot Gobbo and Joe Spencer was both Tubal and the Duke of Venice. In her summing up, the adjudicator said that the actors had established their characters and relationships very well, even in the smaller parts such as Solario (Daisy Johnston) and Salerio (Patricia Gregory). Sonya Oates was the director and Jean Makin the producer.

The second play of the evening, 'Hindsight', has been written by Gill Bowness, an ELAPs member since 2002. This is Gill's first venture into writing a complete play, although she has done short pieces before. Starring Hayley Masom and Keith Benedict, the play examines the blossoming and withering of an affair in harmony with the year's seasons. 'Hindsight' is being entered into NANDA's playwright of the year competition in July, and the company is certain that it will do well.

The evening concludes with a black comedy, 'Miss Glossop's Weekend Break.' Miss Glossop is a meddling amateur sleuth, rather in the style of Miss Marple, except that she misses some key clues. The cast includes Meg Dowdeswell as Miss Glossop, Steve Fordyce as Alan, the hotel manager, Nicky Spencer as his wife Margaret, Richard Hesk as Jean-Pierre the chef, Ania Roberts as an extremely tempting Russian hotel waitress, Kevin Spencer as Derek, a private investigator, Mandy Randall as Linda, Derek's secretary, hoping vainly for a romantic weekend, Jarrod Makin as Detective Sergeant Watkins, and finally, Sue Hutton as Mrs Jarvis, described at one point as, 'the idiot that some village lost!'

Both 'Hindsight' and 'Miss Glossop's Weekend Break' are being directed jointly by Gill Bowness and Gerry Wilson, their first foray into direction. Gisela Petschler is the producer.

Tickets are 5 or 3.50 for concessions, from East Leake Village Post Office, and The Olde Bakehouse in Main Street, East Leake.

ELAPs had an outstanding night at the Sixth Salute to Pantomime at Guthlaxton Community College in Wigston on 24th March, winning one award and being nominated in five categories overall, for last December's production of Aladdin. To cap it all, the company came joint second overall in the contest for the Blue Balloon Award, equal with Wycliffe Drama Group.

Mike Barclay won the award for best young actor, for his performance as the genie of the lamp.

Additional accolades went to Gerry Wilson and Jason Billin for set design, Emma Heath for choreography, Hayley Masom for best supporting female role, and Larissa Oates for Principal Boy. Larissa had also been this year's winner of our own Nikki Dinnie award for on-stage achievement.


ELAPs wins PAL honours Reply to this News Item Print this Topic E-Mail this Topic
Posted 2007/04/30 - 16:27 By sue
News ELAPs had an outstanding night at the Sixth Salute to Pantomime at Guthlaxton Community College in Wigston on 24th March, winning one award and being nominated in five categories overall, for last December's production of Aladdin. To cap it all, the company came joint second overall in the contest for the Blue Balloon Award, equal with Wycliffe Drama Group.

Mike Barclay won the award for best young actor, for his performance as the genie of the lamp.

Additional accolades went to Geri Wilson and Jason Billin for set design, Emma Heath for choreography, Hayley Masom for best supporting female role, and Larissa Oates for Principal Boy. Larissa had also been this year's winner of our own Nikki Dinnie award for on-stage achievement.

And this time, ELAPs was called upon to perform one of its numbers, Once in Every Show, with Gill Bowness and Jarrod Makin as the Empress and Emperor of Japan respectively, ably assisted and abetted by the antics of Celestine Stafford and Lesley Hesk as Ping and Pong in the background.

Hayley Masom, ELAPs chairperson, commented, "Very well done to everybody who helped to make Aladdin an award winning nomination show and a truly special well done to Sonya Oates, the director. It's a reflection on what a great leader and director she has been for the show which truly showcases the skills and ability of our little group. ELAPs undoubtedly has the smallest stage in the county, but has the biggest heart and the greatest bunch of people making it all happen!"

Don't forget that ELAPs' Spring production of Three One-Act Plays runs at East Leake Village Hall on Thursday 17th, Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May at 7.30 pm.

You can buy tickets at East Leake Post Office or The Olde Bakehouse, 5 or 3.50 for concessions. All tickets on Saturday are 5.

We're keeping our fingers crossed that ELAPs' Juniors will be displaying awards from the NANDA Youth Theatre Festival, since they will be repeating their performance of Tom Stoppard's abbreviated version of Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice' to start the evening off. The NANDA competition will have been held on the weekend of 27th-28th April.

Then we have Gill Bowness' one-act play called 'Hindsight', which has been entered into NANDA's play-writing competition scheduled for 7th July. And to round things off, enjoy the black comedy, 'Miss Glossop's Weekend Break.'

All for now. As ever, check out www.elaps.co.uk for information and to drop us a line. You can come to meet us every Thursday in the Village Hall at 7.30 pm. Everyone is welcome.


Nottingham Poznan Theatrical Exchange Programme Reply to this News Item Print this Topic E-Mail this Topic
Posted 2007/04/17 - 12:23 By Jazz
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Ania wrote: 
THE NOTTINGHAM-POZNAN THEATRICAL EXCHANGE PROGRAMME

The theatre exchange programme is desgned to consolidate the links between
Nottingham and Polish town of Poznan through the exchange of performances
and cultural activities. The programme is aimed particularly at those unable
to exercise such talents because of adverse circumstance.

The Polish exchange programme was a huge success and NANDA expects to
continue with its ties with Poznan.

During the week of the Programme both the performances given and the
workshops staged gave special emphasis on the development of the technical
skills required by performers; as well as giving the audience a visual
experience not hampered by the constraints of language. The last couple of
days saw the group attending workshops with performers from the Arts Theatre
that culminated in a joint performance on Tuesday evening.


We all enjoyed the week and look forward to working together in the future!