This has been another successful year for the Littleport Players after staging the fantastic production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in June and then Red Riding Hood in December, it has certainly been a busy time for everyone! Chairperson, Becky Green, stated – “time goes by very fast – one minute we are busy rehearsing for the show, next minute, the performances are upon us.
It certainly couldn’t have been achieved without a superb set of volunteers who spend so much of their spare time putting all these shows together. Whether it is making costumes, preparing music, set designing, set painting, making props, rigging lights, it all takes a significant amount of time and energy but we do it because we love it!
Knowing that quite a few of our theatrical buddies have gone on to do bigger and better things, also reminds us that community theatre really does give people a good starter in life. It not only helps you gain experience on stage but also gives you confidence to perform and experience of working in a team, meeting new people and gaining lifelong skills required for everyday life”.
As a result of Littleport Players productions this year, the group were ecstatic to announce that both productions this year had been nominated for NODA (National Operatic Dramatic Awards) within the Eastern Region. Red Riding Hood was nominated for Best Panto 2014 and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was nominated for Best Technical 2014 (make- up, set and costumes).
Becky stated “we do not find out if we have won until the Awards Ceremony in May 2014, but just to be nominated for the Eastern Region is such an achievement for the group. It is great we have been recognized for all our efforts of putting on a theatrical performance despite difficulties against us”. Last year, the Players also received the Best Youth Actor 2014 (George Harrison) for his performance of Bugsy in Bugsy Malone. Again, it is a great achievement for George and the Group.
However, we are always on the lookout for new members (both on and off stage) and we encourage anyone over the age of 11 to take part. It really does make a difference in your life and there are so many opportunities to gain experience from – including make-up, costumes, stage design, scenery painting, prop making, front of house, stage manager, backstage crew, technical not to mention starring in a theatrical production (should you wish to tread the boards) – it’s great fun an such an achievement for all involved!
If you wish to take part please contact Becky on firstname.lastname@example.org or join the Facebook page on The Littleport Players or alternatively check out the website at www.littleportplayers.co.uk. Hope to see you all soon