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Monday, May 16, 2011

Reps Reporter – May 2011

With the year rushing ahead to its near mid-point, Reps continues to be active and busy, so here’s some updated information on what’s been happening and what’s coming up.

Exco planning for the future

Members of the Executive Committee have met for their first Strategic Planning Seminar in a few years, aimed at creating a working plan for Reps for the coming 24 months. They were joined at the all-day session on May 7 by staff and Repteens representatives. Discussions and planning were very useful and showed a clear focus on what needs to be done now and in coming months to take Reps to a new, higher level, building on its past success. Business continues this coming weekend and a draft Plan will be produced soon afterwards. Content of this will be communicated to members of the working committees and thereafter a members’ general interest meeting will be called so that it can be communicated to the members of The Repertory Players. The idea will be to ensure every member shares the same vision and agrees with what Exco is doing. Key to the success of this will be to find ways of ensuring financial strength and making sure all the operational aspects of Reps are working and working well.

Repteens elect new Chairman and committee

A report from the new committee of Repteens: Repteens held its Annual General Meeting in February, when the following were elected into office: chairperson, "Kuzy" (Kuzivakwashe) Muvezwa; vice-chairperson, "Fluffy" (Meredith) Render; committee members: Peter Blackburn, Fraser Flight and Tristan Charnley. Repteens are now involved in rehearsing, set construction and fundraising for their main stage production for 2011 - Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which runs from May 19 to 28. The script has been adapted from those of the original radio shows by Andrew Hyde (a retired Repteen), and is being directed by Kevin Hanssen (another retired Repteen). Repteens’ fundraising events include the now-regular Saturday afternoon car washes, which are steadily gaining momentum. Regular Saturday afternoon movie screenings are also taking place, usually at 3pm and 5.30pm. Watch out for details of what’s being screened.

Bar improvement programme under way

Visitors to the Members’ Bar will have seen changes taking place, resulting from funds raised last year and this and from support given by sponsors. Jenni Ferguson has been spearheading this and it is hoped to have the new Tada Terrace (named after one of the key sponsors) operational in its new style by the end of May. The refurbishment started on May 4 and should be completed by May 23. Costs for this project are entirely free of any expense on Reps’ part and consist of funds raised from the Reps Golf Day 2010 and donations/discounts from suppliers involved in the project. The value of the project is $9 000. Work being done includes high-pressure cleaning and repainting of interior and exterior patio walls, as well as the balcony under Theatre Upstairs from 'Exit' Main Theatre to stairway Theatre Upstairs. Tada Teak & Iron have donated six bar-height round tables, 24 stools and tie-on cushions. Several potted plants will be put into the 'drink boxes' in the patio walls, and pebbles and pot plants will surround the cactus. The Reps Comedy and Tragedy Masks will be sandblasted onto the bar sliding and swing doors, and new curtain rods and fully lined curtains will be erected over the sliding doors. On completion of the project, the patio will be named Tada Terrace and Tada will be erecting relief signage on the wall next to the wrought iron gate onto the pathway from the car park. The patio is closed to everyone and the sliding doors will remain shut for the duration of the exercise.

Jesus My Boy continues this week in Theatre Upstairs

For the first time The Repertory Players had a production in HIFA, thanks to Mike Southall and Sue Bolt entering a delightful John Dowie play called Jesus My Boy. It ran to full houses in the festival and has been given a post-HIFA run in Theatre Upstairs so that it can be seen y a wider audience. It is a one-hander featuring Mike Southall as St Joseph – with an interesting and often amusing take on many of the things we know about from the life of Jesus Christ. It has been widely acclaimed and is highly recommended. It completes its run this Saturday, May 14, so get your booking in as soon as you can.

Also coming up at Reps …

… on the Main Stage, Repteens The HitchHikers’s Guide To The Galaxy, based on the Douglas Adams novel and full of weird and wacky characters and plots. Runs May 19 to 28 (preview is May 18, when pensioners will be free). Directed by Kevin Hanssen.

… also from HIFA, an extension of Whatever Happened to Betty Lemon, another sold-out one-hander show with a fascinating look into the mind of one woman. Runs June 1 to 4 in Theatre Upstairs.

Bar attractions this Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Jenni Ferguson is arranging snacks this Friday evening, as she kindly did last week. There will be the draw for her fundraising raffle and the bar draw this week is a whopping $230.

The FA Cup will be screened live on a big screen in the bar on Saturday afternoon (starts 4pm).

Christine Sandford has arranged a fun Sunday, with pub quiz at 11, followed by lunch and a beer and wine tasting, as well as entertainment from Steve Theron.

Did you know …

… that Innocent Museve is on leave for May and his place in The Spotlight is kindly being taken by Philippa Johnston and Jane Burne – thanks to them both for their support and hard work. The Spotlight is open Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm, and between 9am and 12 noon on Saturday. As the box office, it is open an hour before curtain up for all Main Stage and Theatre Upstairs shows, when it is manned by volunteers. If you would like to be on the box office team please let Erin Cooper in the Reps office know.

Until next time, best wishes to you all …. From the Executive Committee

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