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Hi there fellow Elmwoodites; well here we are with one month of the year gone already, and also our first production for the year done and dusted.  It’s a big congrats and thank you to the directors, cast and crew of our January Kidz Theatre production of Goldisnowerellahood.  It’s always a challenge staging a children’s show at that time of the year, with so many other events, plus the weather (should we mention the weather?!) making it just that more difficult to attract an audience – but I’m pleased to say that overall, the attendance for this wee gem of a production was very satisfactory ... and so we turn our focus to our April production of Always A Bridesmaid.  This is a genuinely funny comedy, from the Jones/Hope/Wooten team – check out their website and you’ll see just how popular their plays are.  Auditions are lined up for 17 February ... Also scheduled in February is our AGM – Sunday 25th, and yes, we are looking for new committee members, so if you’re interested, let me know ... This year we are finally sorting our booking of tickets situation out, and we will be utilising PatronBase for our on-line bookings.  This will mean you will now actually book your seats, rather than merely reserving them.  Minor changes will be no more phone bookings, an increase of our concession tickets by $1 to $18 (waged tickets remain $20) and a small on-line booking fee ... With our 2018 season now firmly in place, membership subs are now due, and details can be found elsewhere in this newsletter.  With Elmwood Players celebrating its 70th year this year, its going to be an exciting one, and I look forward to your continued support.


Always A Bridesmaid
Saturday 17 FEBRUARY
For more information and/or to book audition time: or text Sonya on 022 632 8975.
Four friends have sworn to keep the promise they made on the night of their Senior Prom: to be in each other's weddings ... no matter what.  More than thirty years later, these Southern friends-for-life are still making 'the long walk' for each other, determined to honour that vow. Libby Ruth, Deedra, Monette and Charlie are committed to the notion that careers, waistlines and even marriages may disappear, but real friendships last a lifetime.  Forsaking all others, in sickness and in health, they repeatedly struggle to stage the perfect wedding despite fistfights at the altar, runaway brides and the mistaken, and unfortunate, release of a flock of white doves on the first day of hunting season.  Always A Bridesmaid is the rollicking tale of four loyal and determined women who definitively answer the question; “Just how far are you willing to go to keep a promise to a friend?”
If you’ve ever elbowed a stranger out of the way to catch a bride’s bouquet, seriously questioned the mental stability of the duo saying “I do” or been forced to wear the world’s ugliest bridesmaid dress, this deliriously funny comedy is definitely for you … and your dearly beloved!
Character age: 20s
A kind-hearted, spirited Southern charmer.  Interspersed between scenes are vignettes of Kari Ames-Bissette, daughter of Libby Ruth, as she gives the toast at her wedding reception. Besides adding some additional humour, she acts as a narrator of sorts, tying the scenes together, and eventually appears in the final scene as the cycle of marriage continues into the next generation.
Libby Ruth
Character age: 40s/50s
Hopeful romantic with the perfect marriage who believes, despite all evidence to the contrary, that her friends can find the very same happiness
Character age: 40s/50s
Flashy, high-spirited and self-involved, continues to test her friends' love and patience with all-too-frequent trips down the aisle
Character age: 40s/50s
Salt-of-the-earth, tree-hugging Charlie discovers, the hard way, that marital bliss is not the end of her rainbow and panics in outrageous style when the opportunity presents itself
Character age: 40s/50s
Headstrong with a dry with, no-nonsense Northern transplant.  Her "rock-solid" union hangs by a thread when she discovers her husband of many years not only has a wandering eye, but the hands to match
Character age: 60s
A gregarious, no-nonsense, energetic Virginia hostess & wedding planner who is so enamoured with her establishment's reputation of never having lost a bride that she is not above employing a few, um, extreme tactics in preserving it.
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For 2018 our membership commences on 1 January 2018 and runs to 31 December 2018.
Full Year (1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018)
Individual: $40 - Includes 3 single comps
Family: $50 - Inc 4 single comps
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On stage in January as part of Elmwood Players’ Kidz Theatre this Shibby Production proved very popular with both young and old.


Celebrating our 70th year, Elmwood Players’ 2018 lineup features the just completed Kidz Tehaetre Goldisnowerellahood, a season of one act plays in August, and three major productions:
Always A Bridesmaid (By Jones, Hope, Wooten, directed by Sonya Cameron)
On stage 18 – 21 and 25 – 28 April
Auditions: 17 February
Four friends have sworn to keep the promise they made on the night of their Senior Prom: to be in each other's weddings ... no matter what. More than thirty years later, these Southern friends-for-life are still making 'the long walk' for each other, determined to honour that vow. 
Abigail’s Party (By Mike Leigh, directed by Doug Clarke)
On stage 13 – 16 and 20 – 23 June
Auditions: 21 April
A suburban situation comedy of manners, and a satire on the aspirations and tastes of the new middle class that emerged in Britain in the 1970s. Beverly Moss invites her new neighbours, Angela and Tony, who moved into the road just two weeks ago, over for drinks. She has also invited her neighbour Susan (Sue), divorced for three years, whose fifteen-year-old daughter Abigail is holding a party at home. 
Leaves Of Glass (By Philip Ridley, directed by Garry Thomas)
On stage 4 to 6 and 10 to 13 October
Auditions: Early August
A sharp, complex play about two brothers and the grim hold that their memories have on them. Barry is an artist who works for his older brother Stephen; Stephen is a successful business man with a beautiful wife and house, but absolutely no interest in his wife’s pregnancy. A series of flashback monologues describe the brothers’ father and his suicide, and slowly uncover the depths of their grief and trauma. The characters are haunted by the ghosts of lies that the family has told to keep going and by the pain they have not been able to bury.


The Importance of Being Earnest, 2006. Jay Grubb (nee Versteeg)
The Importance of Being Earnest, 2006. David Allen and Chanel Hughes
Cosi, 2013. Steve Millar, Karyn Gibson,  Chris Wood, Aimee Borlaise, Libby Wilson

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