Elmwood Players, Team 2020
Patron: Hilary Muir
President: Garry Thomas
Secretary: Andrea Quinlan
Treasurer: Matt McKenna
Committee: Sammie Murray, Sally Wilson, Braydon Priest
A warm welcome to you all to our 2020 AGM; thank you for taking the time to be here.
From last year’s minutes, the following people were present for the 2019 AGM: Garry Thomas, Susan Cameron, Sonya Cameron, Sam Primrose, Phil Dean, Libby Wilson, Doug Clarke, Andrea Quinlan,
An apology was noted for Steve Millar.
Our elected committee for 2019 was Sam Primrose, Braydon Priest, Libby Wilson, Andrea Quinlan, Andy Simmonds, Phil Dean, Matt McKenna, Susan Cameron and I. Susan was re-elected Treasurer, Matt McKenna secretary and I was once again elected President. Andrea Quinlan picked up the membership portfolio and Andy Simmonds continued as our technical expert. Hilary Muir continued as our Patron. Susan Cameron was made a Life Member.
During the course of the year, Phil Dean, Andy Simmonds and Sam Primrose resigned from the committee. Joining the committee later in the year were Sally Wilson Sammie Murray, and Jon Amesbury and we welcomed back Sarah Coursey.
2019 was another excellent year for Elmwood Players, capitalising on the momentum from the previous year. Once again, we staged 3 full length adult productions and a season of one act plays under the new Array banner, plus a children’s production under our Kidz Theatre banner.
Our first presentation for 2019 was in January with the Kidz Theatre Production of Rapunzel. This was a well received and well attended production, directed by Steve Millar. Locally written, there were no performance rights to be paid for this play – a fee that in previous years has been a crippling factor. I believe our Kidz Theatre productions are an important part of Elmwood Players’ schedule, and encourage that they continue.
Our first adult production for last year was the extremely well received Calendar Girls, directed by Susan Cameron. This was a very well attended production, with a number of sold out performances, with an average attendance of 83 people per performance.
Last year we brought forward from August to June our season of short plays, so that it did not clash with a number of other one-act plays being staged at that time of the year. We also branded the season as Array, in this case, Array ’19. As per the previous year, this was staged in a cabaret styled format. The four plays staged were Hardstuff, Abandon Hope, Kevin – the other reindeer and the monologue You. The three nights were well attended, and well received.
August arrived, and with it the Libby Wilson directed comedy, Is The Real You Really You? A well attended season resulted, and it was pleasing to see a number of new faces on stage at Elmwood.
Our final adult production for the year was Be My Baby in October, which I was fortunate enough to direct. This was a well received and – by Elmwood standards – a well-attended production, with an average of 38 patrons per show.
Front of House:
We continued to have a liquor licence for our adult productions last year, and will do so again this year. We also made a big effort to improve the FoH experience with table and chair seating, poster displays and food and drink selection. We also purchased a number of second hand chairs at a reasonable price to replace those previously used in the foyer.
Once again, our challenge for the year was marketing and sponsorship, with minimal success. This needs to be addressed by the in-coming committee.
The last year has been another successful one for Elmwood Players and I’d like thank the current committee for their continued support, and obviously, my thanks go to all who supported Elmwood Players over the past 12 months, both on and off stage