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Onwards and upwards!

The pace is picking up, and we have the end in sight! Phase One was the demolition. Phase Two, the laying of all those pink support beams and the packing to make things level. But with Phase Three, the laying down of new strong floor boards, things are starting to get exciting! There is a new cunning plan for our raised seating areas too - the top level (which you will remember was enclosed with our famous picket fence) is now going to have storage underneath it, and the middle level w...

June 19, 2022

Into phase 2

Things are moving fast now that the new floor is down.  Already, work has started on the new tiered seating which will improve the theatre experience for our audiences, ensuring everyone has a good view of the stage. A clever design will allow the lower levels to be stored away when not in use, so a larger floor area can be used without us having to lug great heavy platforms out of the way. ...

June 11, 2022

Looking ahead

Rodd, Brent and Wayne from SOTS were privileged to have a sneak peek at the progress of the auditorium space of the Clutha Community Hub recently. The SOTS team have been working with the Clutha Community Hub Trust, and specialist Rob Peters from Theatre Systems, by providing advice and expertise in lighting and sound requirements for the new space, thus ensuring it is fit for purpose for theatrical, dance and many other school/community performances....

May 21, 2022

Treading the Boards

When we bought the building, the present kitchen was only a third of the size it is now, and there was a garage roller door to the outside world about where the door between the auditorium and kitchen is. There was also a potbelly stove in that vicinity, which we cranked up with all the off-cuts and left overs from set construction each rehearsal night to keep the cast warm.  The lighting room was accessed from the auditorium. Many things have changed - the potbelly exited the building and ...

May 15, 2022

It's a wrap.

Robyn asked me to be Production Manager for this new show that she was directing, so I said yes if there was a person that I could mentor and train. Of course, Robyn only heard the first part, so I was it.As soon as we had auditions, I was hooked on the idea of being involved myself, due to the calbre of the prospective cast members. So many new people keen to be involved, along side us oldies plus a generous smattering of returning past members. And what a show - From the first rehearsal, you c...

December 22, 2021

Impossible comes true!

Tracy loves being in our musical shows and lending her talents to the chorus numbers. She's a very good dancer and also sings in the Phoenix Singers, so has a lot to give.  Here she talks about the journey of Dreams Are Free. "It’s been great to be part of the ‘Dreams are Free’ team which includes a cast of all experience levels and ages.  It’s exciting to see the show; directed and choreographed Robyn, musically directed and scripted by Denise, costumed by Marion, stage m...

August 10, 2021

Living her best life!

It's lovely to have Anna and her mum, Sue, back on board for another show.  Here's what they have to say about it.Anna:  "I like being a part of the show, Dreams are Free.  I like to sing and dance in the show, Robyn is a great teacher. She teaches us dancing. She does all the hard work into music and lighting on the stage.  The stage looks amazing. We have 8 shows to perform.  I love to be in the show from Anna." Sue: "This is the second show that Anna ha...

August 4, 2021

Views from the stage

One of the best things about being in a show is the camaraderie of being part of a team of people who are giving their best and supporting each other.  Here are a couple of our lovely cast members with their reflections on Dreams Are Free. Nathan is in the scripted 'committee meeting' that links the show together and also in several chorus numbers. "Well, this has been the first production I've had the pleasure of being around, since 2014 in my final year of high school. It's been awesome t...

July 28, 2021

From the horse's mouth

Robyn Gardner is our very talented and experienced director and choreographer.  The veteran of many shows, her ability to organise everything from the rehearsal schedules to the lighting plan is awe inspiring - not to mention how well she has choreographed every number in the show with a cast whose dancing expertise is, shall we say, varied.Robyn says: "I couldn’t believe how great the auditions were with such a strong line of talent.  The hard bit was then making sure all that talen...

July 23, 2021

19 rehearsals to go.....

That sounds like a lot of rehearsals doesn't it?  But it really isn't!  With songs and dances to learn, costumes and changes and entrances and exits to get right, there is so much to perfect, it feels like we need twice as many!  But there is something magical in the process of theatre that never fails to surprise. Gradually, we go from stumbling and bumbling around the stage, tripping over our own feet and singing the wrong words with the wrong notes at the wrong time to becoming...

June 17, 2021

Rehearsals are fun....honestly!

Ok, so they are also hard work, but hey, hard work is fun too.  It's satisfying to come away after two hours of concentrating, learning, practising and doing.  We are making progress so quickly, thanks to the dedication of everyone involved.  As you can see, rehearsals are well under way now for Dreams Are Free, our musical show for August.  We have a great cast, with some new faces and new talent joining us for the show, which is shaping up to be an exciting and varied eveni...

May 23, 2021

Playing Around

It's the final week of rehearsals this week - the last chance for the cast and crew to iron out all the gremlins (can you iron a gremlin?) and get this year's Playing Around ready to go.   This is our fourth Playing Around and something we all enjoy doing, for a variety of reasons.  It's nice to get out and perform in other places, reaching new audiences and rising to the challenges that new venues pose for us.  We've dealt with a few over the years - tiny stages, no backstage are...

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