Recently, CADS received an e-mail from Rosalie Lightman in Australia, enquiring about her mother Lorna Millar's involvement with the society. She remembered, as a child, helping her mother learn lines and seeing her on stage. Lorna passed away in 1974 and the family had no mementos of her CADS days.
Rosalie was thrilled when our Treasurer and Archivist, Ralph White-Robinson was able to research and establish that Lorna Millar first appeared on stage in 1957 and was involved in several productions up until 1963. Ralph was able to list each role she took and even provide photographs!
Our congratulations go to Ralph for his excellent efforts in providing a lady in Australia with a fondly remembered part of her family's past.
Members past and present can purchase a complete illustrated 'History of CADS' by Ralph White-Robinson by contacting him on email@example.com.
We are delighted to report that CADS’ production of 'Neville's Island' won the Area 11 Best Technical Achievement Award at the Awards ceremony on 3rd April.
Paul Welham (director), Terry White and Ron Crabtree (set builders) were there to receive the award. Well done!
'Neville's Island' was also nominated for Best Production, an award we won at the NETG Awards. Congratulations to our friends at Manifest Theatre Group for winning this time!
CADS belong to NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) which was founded in 1899 and is the main representative body for amateur theatre in the UK, supporting local groups like ours in a number of different ways to achieve the highest standard of production. NODA operates through 11 regional councils and CADS, who have been a member for many years, is in the Eastern region.
Some people may think that amateur dramatics is no longer the driving force it used to be in theatre and as such is somewhat outdated, but that is far from the case. Here in the East, NODA has over 280 members competing to be the best and the "friendly" competition makes sure we are kept on our toes as each year we strive to win our own local "awards".
We are pleased to report, amateur theatre is most definitely alive and well and flourishing in East Anglia!!
Our next production Weds 23rd – Sat 26th November 2016 will be ‘Blithe Spirit’, the well-known supernatural comedy and improbable farce by Noel Coward to be directed by Robert Easom and Christine Merlini, who produced the very successful ‘And Then There Were None’.
The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much revived classic offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting ‘happy medium’, one Madame Arcati. As the (worldly and un-) personalities clash, Charles’ current wife Ruth is accidentally killed, “passes over”, joins Elvira and the two ‘blithe spirits’ haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity.