New Stagers is a friendly, inclusive group and we are always looking for people to join us, either on or off stage.
I’m interested in finding out more about the group, what do I do next?
Please note that we will not be having October’s members drinks, due to our Annual General Meeting. But come down to panto auditions on 14th.
If you’re interested in the group, probably the best thing to do is to come along to one of our new members drinks sessions. We organise these once a month in The Brewers Inn for people who are interested in joining the group. They’re usually on the first Sunday of the month. We recommend meeting up in St. Anne’s Church Hall at 7 / 7.30pm where you can watch the last hour or so of rehearsals before we all go to the pub. Feel free to just come along, or email our membership secretary beforehand first if you prefer. However we encourage you to come down whenever you can and say hello, we love a chat with new people and will probably rope you into doing something! .
How do I join?
There are no auditions to join our group. We encourage newcomers to meet us at a rehearsal before signing up so they can see our facilities and get to know us. They can then get involved straight away with whatever production is in rehearsal; either by standing in for cast members, prompting, making props or costumes, painting/constructing the set or simply by making the tea!
You don’t have to be a member of the group to audition and we regularly cast newcomers. However, if you do get cast, we would then ask that you join as a member. This gives you access to members’ benefits (free entry to all New Stagers’ shows, quarterly e-newsletter, notification of New Stagers’ social events and a voice in group decisions, including deciding the yearly repertoire) plus helping to ensure the group’s productions are properly funded.
Auditions are advertised on the website a few weeks in advance.
Where/when do you rehearse?
We normally rehearse on Tuesday evenings 8.15-10.15pm and Sunday afternoons 4pm-8pm at St. Anne’s Church Hall. The rehearsal period for each show is approximately 12 weeks.
How much does it cost to join?
Subs are £60 p/a (contribution if unwaged), payable £5 monthly by standing order. You start paying from the next due month after you join (unless you accept a role in a show immediately on joining – in this case, the monthly amount is payable before your first rehearsal).
I’m more interested in helping backstage/with the technical side of things, rather than acting
Great! It takes all sorts to put on a successful production and the critical people are often working behind the scenes. So if you don’t fancy learning 300 lines of text but still want to be involved, please do get in touch!
Members can be involved in any aspect of staging a production from directing, through acting and stage management, to the more technical areas such as lighting and sound, making costumes and props, and building the set. There are also the essential areas of publicity throughout the build up, and front of house (checking tickets, serving the drinks!) during show week.
Is it a friendly group?
The group is very friendly and all members are encouraged to take part as they wish in any area of the group, regardless of experience. This means that, even if you’re not actually acting, you can still be involved in the production. Apart from the shows, there is a very good social scene, including fancy dress bar crawls, the annual dinner, biannual awards ceremony and regular trips to the local pub after rehearsals. Many members enjoy the social side of being a member of the group, and if you’ve recently moved to the area it’s a great way to get to know people.
You can find production photos of our some of our recent shows in the Gallery. But here are some photos that give you more of an insight into the group behind the scenes…