Wednesday, June 27, 2007
A group of enthusiastic theatre goers is now helping us to make a visit to the Regal a more enjoyable experience by setting up a REGAL THEATRE CLUB. The Club will be launched in the bar pre-show and in the interval of BRISTOL OLD VIC THEATRE SCHOOL's production of ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL on 3rd JULY 2007.
Members will enjoy the following benefits:
A hospitality corner in the bar for members before a theatre club show - wine & cake or snacks appropriate to the show
Additional information about theatre club companies in newsletters or email postings
Opportunities to meet cast members after the show where possible
Special deals for some theatre club shows
Occasional pre-show suppers at local restaurants
More details in the Regal Theatre website www.regaltheatre.co.uk
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
The Somerset Fellowship of Drama held its annual awards nights for the Phoebe Rees Competition at Bridgwater Rugby Club in October. Seventeen people across West Somerset had been nominated in the competition, which is affectionataly known as the ‘Somerset Oscars’. The nominees and their friends turned up in their glad rags by car, bike and Rolls Royce, anxious to know if they had indeed won a prize.
In the end, five West Somerset people came away with awards: Jenny Warwick won the prize for Best Actress as Viola and Lis Halliday the prize for Best Supporting Actress in Roadwaters Players production of ‘Twelfth Night’. Adam Price was Best Male Actor under 21 and Alice Martin was Best Female Actor under 21 for their parts in Minehead Youth Theatre’s ‘Blood Brothers’, and Sarah Jane Cross won the prize for the Best Cameo Performance for her part as the maid in Barnstormers’ Fallen Angels.
Everyone came away feeling pleased with themselves and happy that the large number of nominations across the range of West Somerset companies reflected the fact that local drama is alive and well. THe community appreciate the efforts of all the local groups, while all the local companies are grateful that the public continue to turn up and help finance the shows which they love putting on.
The photograph shows Lis, Sarah-Jane, Adam and Jenny with their awards - Alice was unable to make the ceremony.
The Take Art: Live Village Performance Scheme is a well established scheme set up to bring professional, and semi-professional, arts events to rural communities across Somerset. The scheme relies on a partnership between local organisations and Take Art. By working together, memorable events can be organised in rural areas where people live and meet and so provide a way for peopel to come together socially.
Take Art exists to work with rural communities to promote arts events and provides an agency service to venues like the Regal undertaking to vet perfomance companies for quality. There are four events coming up that have been promoted by Take Art! Look out for the logo and be confident in attending a quality event.
To become a friend, call at the box office and pick up an application form. If you would like to get more involved in the theatre, please contact us, as new volunteers are always welcome!
Membership of the Friends of the Regal is separate from Film Society Membership.
The Regal Theatre is a hugely successful community project. Over 200 volunteers contribute to maintaining the building and to opening the theatre for events, and refreshments in the bar, on over 120 nights a year.
Whatever your interest and skills, if you have time and energy you would like to contribute, we would welcome you enthusiastically. There are hosts of areas which need volunteers to keep them going.
* Performing: Please see our list of Member Companies for contact details
* Back Stage: Stage management, make-up, costumes, props … contact the companies and offer your help; you will be snapped up!
* Sets: Join a regular team which designs, builds, paints
* Front of House:Programmes and tickets on the night of performances
* Publicity: Hand delivering brochures, stuffing envelopes, sending information to the media, gather advertising/sponsorship for our brochure, keeping the editorial up to date on our website
* Box Office: Volunteering morning or afternoon sessions to work in the box office
* Technical: Working to set up sound and lights for performances and managing the desk during performances … training given
* Bar: Serving refreshments behind the bar on performance days
* Performance Days: Help visiting professional companies with their get-ins, give them information; help carry in/set up
The Regal Theatre, The Avenue, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5UQ
Phone the theatre Box Office 01643 706430 (Monday – Saturday 10am – 3pm)
Or email us.
The Regal Theatre stands in the centre of Minehead, and is loved by the people of West Somerset for its wide ranging programme of professional and community entertainment that includes drama, comedy, dance, music and performance of all kinds - completely run by volunteers.
The theatre bar is open during intervals and before each performance. It is an ideal place to meet friends and enjoy refreshments or to relax on the balcony overlooking the town centre.
The MATA Regal Theatre Company Ltd runs the theatre with the help of an army of volunteers all of whom work hard to make you feel welcome and to ensure that you enjoy a splendid night out.