The Web: August 2012

Chairman’s Chat
Welcome to …what should I call it, let’s say end of summer season newsletter. I do hope you have managed to catch some sun. The committee are hard at work on a programme for the next few months, so please take a good look at the Web as there is a lot in there!

Unfortunately for reasons beyond our control we have had to cancel the makeup party which we had hoped to reschedule to October 13th. We plan to do something bigger and better in the New Year.

Gill White has decided that she can no longer continue as Minute Secretary to the committee. We are sad to lose her, she has been on the committee for eight years and our thanks go to her for all her support over the years.

Bill and Caroline have moved at last and we wish them well in their new home.

Our best wishes also to Anne Ayre for a speedy recovery, as she has been unwell recently.

We are now gearing up to the next production.  We are pleased to announce that we have a complete cast which includes new and old members.

If you have not recently supported us with set design and construction  or any other front or backstage jobs, and would like to do so, please get in touch.

Our next production “Uninvited”
“Uninvited” by Tim Kelly is a play adapted from a ghost story written by Dorothy Macardle. The play is full of mystery and thrilling moments. Pam Fitzgerald and her brother Roddy, seeking peace and quiet to write a play, find Cliff End, an empty house called in the west country that overlooks the Irish Sea. The purchase it from Commander Brooke, a crusty old man, for a suspiciously low price. It turns out that fifteen years earlier a murder is said to have occurred by the tree that can be seen from the windows.

Over time the Fitzgeralds sense an evil spirit inhabits the house. It announces its presence with sudden, bone-chilling cold. Lizzie Flynn, their housekeeper, has a cat that fears the nursery and a woman’s weeping is sometimes heard coming through the door along with the scent of mimosa. Dr Scott, Mrs Jessup, the local gossip, and Miss Holloway, a former governess, visit and tell strange stories about the beautiful Mary Meredith the Commander’s daughter and her artist husband and Carmel who modelled him. His final painting of this striking but unstable woman led to her destruction. It seems Stella, the Commander’s granddaughter holds the key to the true events of fifteen years ago.

Together with their friends, the actress Wendy, the painter Max and Dr Scott, Pam and Roddy hold a séance at Cliff End. Secrets are forced out into the open and the ghost, the “Uninvited”, is discovered to be both very real and horribly dangerous.

The performances will be from Thursday 22nd till Saturday 24th of November at the Victory Hall, Lewdown. Larry Girling is the director.

“Uninvited”: the Programme
We cordially invite all those with artistic and creative leanings to put in designs for the front cover of the programme for ‘Uninvited’. Could all designs please be sent to Rosa Watkinson by 30th September at the latest.

Red Spider Christmas Meal
Our next Christmas Meal will be held at Cowslip, Newhouse Farm,   St. Stephens Launceston Cornwall PL15 8JX on Friday 30th November at 7.00pm(?). Would you please bring your own preferred alcoholic drinks to have with the meal, Cowslip can only provide soft drinks. However, coffee and tea are included.

The menu can be found by clicking here.

Please send your menu choices with a cheque for the full amount to Alison Crawford (Barn House, Heale, Launceston PL15 9QX) no later than Friday 16th November.

Play Readings
There will be no more play readings until the New Year.

Red Spider Website
We hope you have all had a look at the new Red Spider Company website. It does look marvellous doesn’t it? Do encourage everyone you know who might be interested to visit the site. Who knows? They might be interested and enthused enough to join!

Red Spider Youth Group
Jeff Boxhall will be running a youth arm of the Red Spider Company known as Children’s Theatre. It will begin in the New Year so watch out for the Web to find out the dates for that. Sessions shall be run with the help of other members of Red Spider and of a rota of interested parents, with the aim of putting on a production in early April. All those who know of children who might be interested please get in contact with Jeff.

Remember that Suzanne Clayton is still in charge of membership. If there are any of you out there that would like to join or if you know someone who would like to join the Red Spider Company please contact her.

Chairman: Frances Girling –
Treasurer:  Suzanne Clayton –
Secretary: Pam Ingham –

Committee Members:
Jeff Boxall –
Maureen Cooke –
Alison Crawford –
Gill Squires –
Rosa Watkinson –

We wish you all the best and some sunshine from The Red Spider Company.

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