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News from ITS
As Christmas and the start of 2017 approach rapidly, we have prepared another newsletter to keep you up to date with what is happening. There are several dates here for your diary.

A play reading
Veronica Del Cerro set the mood for Christmas with a play reading at El Candil on 1st December. Over 35 people came to read or to listen to “The Christmas Carol”. It was a lovely evening, full of fun as usual. Thanks to Veronica and everyone involved.

Christmas celebration
Our Christmas celebration and meal is on Friday 16th December 2016 at La Grappa Restaurant in Benavista. We need your meal choices before the 12th December please if you intend to come along. It starts at 7.30 for 8 pm.

The autumn production 2016
Kate Jackson directed our autumn production, David Tristram’s, “Going Green” at The Atalaya Park Hotel in November. Our audiences loved it! Whilst it was another comedy, it was different to our normal productions. It was a tricky play technically but Andrew Gommersall, with the help of Veronica, did an amazing job with sound, lights and effects. Congratulations to Kate, the cast and backstage team for their excellent work.

Here are some quotes from the emails we received:

We thought you were fantastic last night, well done. We loved the show and hung on every word.” (JS)

Have to say how much we enjoyed it yesterday. You were all very good and we can’t believe how many lines you had to learn and you did so very well.” (JG)

Congratulations to all the actors for their excellent performance.” (MG)


Spring Production 2017
Our next production is “Kindly Leave the Stage” written by the master of comedy and farce, John Chapman. Peter Brooks will direct it.

The performance dates will be Friday 10 th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th March 2017 at the Atalaya Park Hotel.

It is possible that we may transfer it to the Salon Varietes in the first week of May.

Audition notice
Auditions for this fast moving comedy will be held at El Candil Bar in San Pedro on Thursday 12th January at 8.00 pm. Audition pieces for all characters will be available from 7.30 pm.

Cast and age ranges required:
CHARLES 45 – 50*
MADGE 48 – 50*
SARAH 35 – 40*
RUPERT 45 – 55*
MRS. CULLEN 70 – 75*
ANGELA 20 – 35
NURSE 25 – 60
EDWARD 60 – 75

The ages are only a rough guide, as they will depend on the full casting.
* Upmarket in the play within the play but then revert to own dialects (which could be any).

Please don’t hesitate to contact Peter on 95 288 73 72 or 617 520 923 for any information on the characters, availability of audition pieces or alternative arrangements if you cannot make the 12th.

The play’s synopsis:
The play opens in the middle of a dinner party, which has been embarrassingly interrupted by a major row between the host and hostess. While the wife, Sarah, continues to offer food the husband, Rupert, starts packing

The guests, married couple Charles and Madge, are both solicitors who offer to handle the divorce for Sarah and Rupert respectively. Sarah’s mother, Mrs Cullen, arrives and signally fails to pour oil on to troubled waters.

Then the twist…. despite a couple of loud prompts, the actors apparently depart from the script as ‘Rupert’ can no longer restrain his fury over the discovery that his real-life wife, the actress playing Madge, is doing wild things in her dressing room with the actor playing Charles.

A further complication, ‘Sarah’ reveals she has a crush on ‘Rupert’, who by now is brandishing a knife in his rival’s face. Charles hides for protection, and then the farce really begins, to be whipped to a potential frenzy by the arrival of Mrs Cullen’s husband Edward. He is actually an ageing alcoholic thespian that still dreams of his glory days playing King Lear but is utterly confused and unaware of how the turn of the ‘play’ within the play has taken.

The ITS Board
There have been a few changes to the Board recently as follows:

*Kate Jackson, vice president, has resigned from the Board for personal and health reasons.

*Sandra Sprawson has been asked to take on the role of vice president and has accepted. This will be ratified at the AGM.

*Martin Curd has been asked to join the Board and has accepted. This will also be ratified at the AGM.

*Carol Woolnoth will be returning to the Board following her sabbatical.

Play readings and staged play readings

It seems that our friends and supporters really do like these events and these are always well supported. Over 100 people came to Veronica’s evening of “ David Ives’ sketches” at the Atalaya Park Hotel. It was a hilarious evening. We intend to try and organise one of these each month. We will be doing a murder mystery in February….watch this space for more information!

Membership
We are making an effort to increase our membership numbers, as traditionally these have been relatively low despite the excellent support we receive. Eileen Audas did a great job at the “Going Green” evenings to secure some new members. If you know someone who would like to join or you haven’t yet joined (or maybe not paid your subs for this year!) please email us at the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details. It is only 10€ a person or 15€ a couple for the year.

Members leaving the coast
During the year a number of our members have either planned to leave or have already left Spain to return to the UK.

At the end of last year we were sad to see Diane and Michael Clarke sell up and leave. Now, Richard and Sue Packman are moving back to the UK after 15 enjoyable years living here on the coast. Kate and John Jackson are also planning to return along with Barbara and John Mitchell. We wish them all success with selling their homes and relocating back to the rain!

Please note the dates:

** The Annual General Meeting
The AGM will be held on Thursday 6th April 2017 at El Candil. Papers will be sent nearer the time.

** The Lark in the Park annual charity event will be held on Sunday 4th June 2017.


Thank you to you all for your incredible support over the last twelve months.

We would like to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and a happy, prosperous and peaceful new year.

Best wishes,
Diana King
President of The International Theatre Studio

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