Barnstormers proudly presents…
Tickets available now!
Barnstormers proudly presents…
Tickets available now!
Barnstormers recently took part in the ‘Love Patcham’ festival where churches from the surrounding area united to put on a festival of music, acting and fun.
Barnstormers were asked by the event organisers to perform a section of their upcoming show “Barnstormers Does Broadway”, which they did to critical acclaim.
Barnstomers kitted out in their newly purchased light blue t-shirts took to the stage and wowed the crowds with soaring harmonies, in the form of a medley of Andrew Lloyd Webber songs.
Caroline Lucas said (MP) “Fantastic” … “Hoping it becomes an annual event from now on.”. Of course we have since made contact with the member of parliament letting her know that the Barnstormers shows are a bi-yearly event.
If you missed out on hearing Barnstormers at the Love Patcham festival, fear not! There are still opportunities to get hold of some tickets to Barnstormers Does Broadway and experience the medley and many other Broadway classics for yourself.
The Argus article can be found here: http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/11506541.Churches_in_Patcham_unite_to_run_their_first_free_community_festival_enjoyed_by_hundreds/?ref=erec
This is a comment made to me from a first timer in our audience;
Barnstormers proudly present an amateur production of ‘A Christmas Carol – The Musical’, based on the famous Charles Dickens’ story. Join Scrooge on his journey as he is forced to contemplate his past, present and potential future. Will Scrooge mend his ways or will he remain a broken man?
Show times: Thursday 7th November at 19:30, Friday 8th November at 19:30 and Saturday at 14:00 and 19:30.
Tickets are £6, concessions available for families and children. Contact Jean at the box office on 01273 502293 to book your ticket today!
Tickets for Barnstormers’ next production, A Christmas Carol, will be go on general sale at this weekend Barnstormers Jumble Sale.
Come a long, buy your self a ticket, stay for the treasure!
Tickets for Barnstormers production of Crazy For You are available now!
Book now to avoid disappointment!
So, we’re half-way through the rehearsal period now and we are more or less where I wanted us to be, in terms of what we have covered, so well done to you all and thanks to Hannah P, Margaret and Russell for what you have done already. Hannah P is doing a great job and working you hard with the singing, and I am very grateful to her for her commitment to the show, despite her hectic and demanding career. Margaret continues to be wonderfully creative with the choreography, of which there is a lesser amount required in this show, so do make the most of the dance numbers and give them, and Margaret, your all. It was lovely to have Russell with us last Thursday and I hope that those involved were suitably “Pyjama’d out”.
Our costume dept, are really getting things sorted now and Caroline C is going to visit her contact tomorrow to pick out things to borrow. She’ll be like a child in a sweet shop and hopefully we may have some of those costumes to view soon. Laura M. and the crew are also working well getting props together and sorting out who is doing what. Thanks to Gary, Karen A. and Nick P’s step father for taking on specific projects. I’ve had an initial meeting with Paul S. about lighting and Alex has kindly taken on the preparation of the text which will be projected showing the date, time and location on the ship throughout the show.
Having spoken about other people, so to my thoughts in all this. Barnstormers’ continues to astound me in the talent, enthusiasm and warmth that exudes from it. This was never going to be an easy show to direct, with it’s complex score, the sensitive nature of the story line and of course, the amount of characters and “doubling/tripling up” needed, but all this I knew. When I first saw this show, it had such an impact on me, even though the sound quality was very poor, I knew I was passionate enough to want to direct it. Since the day I found out that we had got the license to perform the show, and after the initial panic, my mind has been a logistical whirlwind of possibilities. How to simulate an 11 storey high cruise ship? How can they get changed in time to another character? How to ensure the tragic story line is deal with sensitively? Could we have a Bridge on a different level with such a small stage and low ceiling? You get the idea, and a director will always have so many things to take into consideration, regardless of the show, so nothing new there. For me, it’s a relatively new experience, having only co-directed before, and I’m actually enjoying it, for the most part anyway! The sleepless nights pondering, endless scribblings, diagrams, meetings, emails and phone calls all become so worthwhile when a scene comes together and it evokes an emotion. I’ve already had quite a few “moments” where I have been so amused or “moved” by the intensity of characterizations and interaction and we are a long way from port yet, so well done and keep it up.
Over the last couple of weeks I have been impressed with how the accents are developing, so don’t be afraid to go with them and get used to how they sound. Also, as I said, you are really working on your characterizations and to help even more, have a look over/research your character’s information, get into their psyche. Think how they would have behaved, their demeanor and how they fit in with the characters around them.
Some of you are memorizing your lines and being able to put your books down for certain parts which means that really your acting can be more animated, so now’s the time to have a go mastering one scene at a time.
I have now decided that we will go ahead with doing a Jumble Sale and Coffee Morning on Saturday 13th October to help with the costs for this show, so I’ll need loads of offers of help to make it successful. Please let me know if you can help am/pm or both, sorting, selling, in the kitchen, clearing up, taking away left overs etc and it’s first come get the choice they want regarding which stall to be on. I’ve attached a poster for displaying in windows, cars & local shops and flyers to hand around, so please print them off soon. Jumble can be brought along to rehearsals any time now. Crew, please note that this date is instead of the crew painting/preparation day.
I hope that by trying to schedule rehearsals more exactly, it helps you to know when you are needed and when you may leave although as we get further on in, this may not be quite so possible. I know that people have lives and are busy and I do appreciate your prompt time keeping. It is so helpful to me and your fellow actors and means that others are not delayed. Do keep advising me of any holidays/absences asap please, (by email,) as it is a major problem putting together a rehearsal schedule only to find that people are away on the day.
Finally, (you say,) this week goes like this;
Thursday 6th September No Hannah P, Hyder, George or Becky H.
Ruth has very kindly offered to play the piano for us so that we can refresh staging for previously learned songs
5.30-7.15pm Those who have arranged for early rehearsals with Hannah P to go into the church via the Fellowship Room and not via the main hall please. If you would still like to run through something individually, in a pair or small group, please email Hannah to arrange at firstname.lastname@example.org
7.30- 8.00pm All required with me (not pit singers)
Going over 2f – 2K
8.00- 8.20pm Jig dance refresh with Margaret. All ladies in this needed, not spectating men though.
8.00- 8.20pm James and Stephen to work on accents with Bob – Act 1 Scene 5
8.00- 8.50pm Gary, Officers, Seb & Nick H to work alone on their scenes and learn lines when not needed, under the command of your Captain!
8.20- 8.50pm All in Act 1 Scene 5 – Lady’s Maid with me to refresh staging of the scene and song.
8.50- 9.05pm Break
9.05- 9.30pm Dancing with Margaret all in “Dressed in your Pyjamas”
9.05- 9.30pm James & Paul with me Act 1 Scene 7 refresh
9.30-10.00pm All in Act 1 Scene 9 to go over the scene for tomorrow’s run through.
Friday 7th September No Hyder, George, Clare J, Becky H or Beth
Please go and see Paul Harrington to have your photo taken if you missed out before and he will be taking shots of you in action during the Act 1 run-through. Becky K you will need your Darlene costume and photo taken. Russell will be filming for rehearsal purposes and thanks to them both.
7.30- 7.40pm Paula S & Keith with Hannah P for “The Glinka 1”
7.30-7.50pm James with me to refresh staging for “Barrett’s Song”
7.40- 7.50pm Hannah M with Hannah P for “The Glinka 2” (can the word “glass” be changed to “drape” please as this will be done in front of the curtains)
7.50- 8.15pm Paula S & Keith with me refreshing staging of “The Glinka 1” & 17b “I Have Danced”
7.50- 8.15pm James, Ann, Louisa, Matt, Gary, John C, Nick P, Hannah M, Seb with Hannah P for Scene 9 solo parts (as much as can be managed)
8.15- 8.30pm All in “Doing The Latest Rag” dancing and singing with Margaret & Hannah P.
8.30- 8.45pm Early break
8.45-10.00pm Run through of Act 1 -Good luck everyone, give it your all.
Hello there everyone.
Well, 8 weeks down and 10 to go, so nearly half way through our rehearsal time already. How time flies, and we have achieved so much, but there is still lots to do. Please do make a real effort to learn your lines & song lyrics as we’re nearly into September now and before you know it, it will be time for no books to be used. Next Friday, 7th Sept, I am still planning to try a run thorugh of Act 1, so all will be needed. No doubt it will be bitty, but it will give everyone an idea of how it fits together.
As well as last week’s busy and productive rehearsals, the costume dept were busy forging ahead with getting people’s costumes sorted or ideas for them. Gary, the officers & 3 Kates (for 3rd Class,) don’t panic as we are hoping to hire your costumes. Costume dept have asked if Gary and the officers could please find their own white shirts and black shoes and can all the ladies please source some black shoes with small heels, (character shoes would be ideal,) if you don’t already have them, that are relatively quiet.
I have scheduled in specific slots on Friday for required people to go up to see the costume people, to alleviate waiting around or missing out, so I hope that helps.
We are also doing well regarding props, and thanks to those of you who have offered items for loan. We have some dates booked for the backstage crew to work on scenery/props & painting, and if anyone if available on any of the following dates to give a hand, even if only for a couple of hours, that would be really helpful. You don’t need to be an artist or a carpenter, just willing. Jill & Gordon M. and Julie & Adrian Walker will join us from “stage up” day.
Sat 8th Sept 1.30pm – 5pm
Sat 22nd Sept 9am – 12.30pm
Sat 29th Sept 10am – 1pm
Sat 6th Oct 10am – 5pm
Sun 21st Oct stage out and stacked pm,12.30-5pm
Sat 27th Oct stage up and static from then on 10-5pm
We have also booked the 13th October, but I am thinking about trying to fit in an autumn jumble sale, to boost this show’s profits, but more about that later.
So onto to this week and Hannah P is not with us at all but Russell is with us on Thursday;
Thursday 30th August (absences advised-Hannah P, Stephen, Becky H, Laura & Rita)
7.30-9.00pm Singing with Russell – those who are in 23 “Dressed in Your Pyjamas” plus pit singers
Ruth, Bob, Katy G, Ann, Hyder, Hannah J. Bert, George, Becky K, Paula G, Katy G, Nick H, Rachel J, Hannah T, Natalie, Natasha, Rachael B,
Paula S, Keith, Clare J & Hannah M (2nd class from part way through)
Matt, Louisa, Claire F & Laura to learn the song also, to sing off stage with 2nd class.
7.30 – 8.00pm Staging with me Gary,Seb & Nick P for Act 2 Scene 4 p87-88
8.00 – 9.00pm Staging with me Seb for Act 2 Scene 8, “Mr Andrew’s Vision
9.00 – 9.15pm Break
9.15 – 9.50pm Staging/movement with Margaret for “Dressed in Your Pyjamas” (All those above in the song, unless needed for singing)
9.15 – 9.50pm Singing with Russell Paula S & Keith (in church please) 7 “The Glinka 1 (Beanes) p28) & 17b “I Have Danced)
(if time) Clare J & Hannah M 7a “The Glinka 2 (Charles)
9.15 – 9.50pm Staging with me Gary, Paul, Seb & Nick H Act 2 Scene 4 Radio Room P89-90 then Gary, Seb & Nick H Act 2 Scene 4 “The Blame” p91-93
9.50 – 10.00pm Run “Dressed in your Pyjamas”, singing & staging
Friday 31 August (pit singers not required) Absences advised – Hannah P, Hyder, John C, Becky H, Stephen, Beth, Sue & Rita.
7.30 – 8.10pm Dancing with Margaret “Doing The Latest Rag” All those who were in it last week
7.30 – 8.00pm Could Hannah M, Clare J, Keith & Hannah J see costume people upstairs please.
8.10 – 8.30pm Could Louisa & Claire F see costume people about their 1st class costumes please.
8.30 – 8.55pm Could Paula G, Becky K, Natasha & Rachael B. see costume people please.
8.30 – 8.55pm Staging with me – Louisa, Claire, Laura & Matt to refresh 2e, 2f & Act 1 Scene 5 plus Lady’s Maid
8.55 – 9.05pm Break
9.05 -10.00pm Staging with me 8 “What a Remarkable Age” & the rest of Act 1 Scene 3 All of those who are in this are needed. I need to concentrate on getting the chairs and table laid out, so particularly Natasha & Rachael B as you weren’t here when we did it last.
Well done last Friday, we got through quite a lot and thanks for arriving and being ready to start on time and to those who assisted with the moving of the communion table afterwards. This week has been hard to organize because we have quite a few people away, which was always going to happen at this time of year. Can I ask that if you do know that you are going to be away, can you please let me know by email asap so that I can allow for this when I am planning the rehearsal schedules.
A couple of gripes that I will get out of the way first. Can you all please collect, wash and dry up your own mugs, cups, plates etc as I don’t want to be there until gone half 10 each week doing kitchen duty. Thanks to those who always do make sure this is done. Secondly, if you know that you will be dancing, please wear suitable footwear that will stay on your feet.
Ok, that done, now to this week. Hannah P is away so we will not be learning any new songs, therefore pit singers will not be needed.
Thursday 26th July
7.30pm Margaret will go over and run the “Ladies Maid” additional jig dance that will come at the beginning of Act 1 Scene 5, before the dialogue starts.
Those needed are; Louisa, Claire F, Laura, Matt, Rachel J, Becky H, Natasha, Rachael B, Natalie, Becky K, Hannah J, Clare J, Hannah M, Paula S (dancing)
Keith, George, Bob, Hyder, (clapping)
(Hannah T, Paula G, Nick H, Bert and Stephen are also in this but are away)
Those who I have not mentioned have not been put in this due to “doubling up” already.
7.30pm I will work with James on the staging for “6 Barrett’s Song.”
8.00pm I will work with Gary and John C on staging for “10 Cap Lights” (Lightoller, Nick P is away)
and touch on staging for “11 To Be A Captain” with John C.
8.20pm Louisa, Claire F, Laura and Matt to work with me on Act 1 Scene 5 dialogue, (page 40) then staging for “Ladies Maid” song.
9.05pm All needed-Margaret will re-run “2e-2j” and make sure that everyone knows when they go on, where they will be and iron out any problems for the Opening Finale.
(apart from those below working with me)
9.05pm I will work with James, Paul B, Becky K and Becky H on staging “2, 2a & 2b”
Friday 27th July
Many of you indicated that you would like to watch the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics, which starts at 9pm with a pre run-up starting at 8.12pm, so there will not be a formal rehearsal that evening to allow for this. However, if anyone does not particularly want to watch it and they would like to work on something specific, do email me and I’ll see who’s interested and what I can arrange.
Bearing in mind that we will have had only one rehearsal for two weeks running, that will put us a little behind schedule so it will be “all hands on deck” next week.
Our Barnstormers’ prayer group will meet again on Friday 3rd Aug at 7.10pm and each Friday thereafter for anyone who wishes to attend.
Have a good week everyone.