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Sweet Charity 2014; Theatre Etiquette.

The following is for your information when we are in the West Cliff Theatre, please read and adhere to;
  • Please enter and exit from the door on the Prompt (Church) side only.
  • Please ensure you tick the Theatre Fire Register when you arrive or leave the Theatre.
  • Please follow any directions the Stage Manager or Crew give you, it's for your own safety.
  • You may sit in the Auditorium for the Dry Run and Tech Rehearsal, but make sure you do not miss your cues!
  • Be prepared for a long Rehearsal for the Tech run. Please remember that the Production Team have only had the Set and Stage for a few days so they need to get all the changes right, which may mean going over certain bits again and again or we may only do the start and finishing of dialogue or scenes. The Tech run is not the Cast's Rehearsal, its the Crews.
  • The Dress Rehearsal is run like a Performance, so everyone must remain back stage please.
  • Please ensure that when you are not onstage, you remain in your Dressing Room with the door closed. This will minimise the noise and also ensure that we are abiding to our Child Protection policy as there are Members under 16 years old in this Production.
  • Please do not smoke, eat or drink in your hired Costumes. We will lose our deposit if any Costume goes back damaged. You are responsible for your own Costumes, please look after them. Make sure they get put back on hangers before you go Home.
  • Please only use the Make Up, Chris Bareham, Make Up & Hair, asks you to use. There is a box in every Dressing Room and if you need any help Chris will be around.
  • Anyone under 16 years of age must stay with their allocated Chaperone at all times.
  • Any Member under 16 is also not allowed in anyone else's Dressing Room.
  • No photos are to be taken inside the Dressing Rooms of the under 16s, if the Chaperone allows and is present, they can be taken in the corridor or outside.
  • Only Members who are on the Theatre Fire Register may be back stage. This is for security and safety reasons. If anyone is seen back stage that should not be, please inform someone on the Management Committee and they will be asked to leave and escorted to the exit.
  • Please do not bring personal belongings or valuables into the Theatre. The Society or the Theatre takes no responsibility for any damage or lose to any personal belongings or valuables.
  • You are not allowed to use anything with a plug in the Dressing Rooms or Theatre unless it has been PAT tested first. This is due to the terms of our hire with the West Cliff. Any item found being used that has not been tested will be confiscated. 
  • Please ensure that all doors back stage are kept shut as they are fire doors. Never prop open a fire door.
  • Please ensure that when you are waiting in the wings to go onstage, you remain quiet and out of any light. If you are in light, then you can be seen by the audience. Also please do not touch or move the Black Tabs. Imagine they are a brick wall.
  • Please only do what you have been set to do. Do not mess around onstage and put your fellow Cast Members off. We must keep our professionalism at all times.
  • Please ensure you take good care of the mics and equipment. It is all very expensive and we do not want to lose any money we may make on a Show replacing equipment due to carelessness. Of course accidents happen but just make sure you try and minimise this.
  • Everyone will be given a job for the 'Get Out' which is on Saturday 28th June 2014. The Stage Manager will be allocating out the jobs. This is done so the Back stage Crew can enjoy the After-show Party, which is normally on the Friday evening. This year it is on Friday 4th July, but this does not mean Members do not need to help and support the Get Out. Once you have done your allocated job on the Saturday night please ensure you see the Stage Manager before you leave. If everyone helps, we can all get Home quicker.
  • Front of House Helpers must report to the West Cliff Duty Manager who will sign you in and give you a Visitors Badge, which you must wear at all times. When you have finished, please make sure you hand the badge back and get signed out.
  • Finally, BE SAFE AND HAVE FUN!
  • If you have any questions, then please contact anyone on the Management Committee or anyone on the Production Team. Thank you. 

CMTS YPs present 'Musical Mayhem' *UPDATED 23.06.14*

This is the CMTS Youth Performers next Show.

It will be on Sunday 26th October 2014 at CCA.

It will include music from West End Shows from past, present and future.

Rehearsals start on Friday 4th July 2014, 6 to 9pm.
Audition packs will be available for £1.00.

Auditions are on Sunday 13th July 2014.

The Production Team confirmed so far:
Producer - Sam McCarthy.
Choreographer - Emily Aldis.
Dance Captain - Kerri McCarthy.
Chorus Mistress' - Sophie Read and Gabrielle Tyler.

All Members from 7 to 18 are welcome to join us.

We hope to see you on the 4th July. Thanks.

'Sweet Charity' Second Keys Player Needed!

We still need a Second Keys in the Band for Sweet Charity. If you know someone who can help us out, please ask them to contact Sam McCarthy 07585 440815. A Fee is available. Please share. Thanks.

'Sweet Charity' 2014 Photos

Photos for 'Sweet Charity' will be on Sunday 22nd June during the Costume Parade and during the Dress Rehearsal on Tuesday 24th June.

'Sweet Charity' 2014 - Last Rehearsals Reminder


Just a reminder of the 'Sweet Charity' Rehearsals that are left before Show week.
These Rehearsals are still at our HQ.

  • Sunday 8th June - 1pm
  • Monday 9th June - 7.30pm
  • Thursday 12th June - 7.30pm
  • Monday 16th June - 7.30pm
  • Thursday 19th June - 7.30pm
  • Friday 20th June - 7.30pm
Then Show week:

  • Sunday 22nd June -10am for 10.30am start. Costume Parade (WCT). Band Call. 2pm. (CMTS HQ). Dry Run (WCT) 7pm for 7.30pm start.
  • Monday 23rd June - Technical Rehearsal. 7.30pm.
  • Tuesday 24th June - Dress Rehearsal. 7.30pm.
  • Wednesday 25th to Saturday 28th June - Performances. All evening plus Matinee on the Saturday.

Chelmsford Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (CAODS) Plea!

Chelmsford Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (CAODS) are looking for 3 men to play the roles of Roman Soldiers in their forthcoming production of 'Jesus Christ Superstar' at the Civic Theatre Chelmsford 23rd to 27th September 2014.

We rehearse on Mondays and Fridays from 7.30 to 10pm at the CYGAMS HQ in Chelmsford, Meteor Way, and some setting calls on Saturdays.

If anyone is interested, please email caods1@googlemail.com for more information.

The Campaign Project

This is a small but unique charitable project which is closely linked to the film and music industry. It has the intention to operate as a non-profit making organisation using only the minimum amount of bureaucracy.

The project now urgently requires the occasional participation of two mature and photogenic ladies with an interest in nostalgic music to help promote awareness towards an important range of varied issues.

No previous acting experience or singing will be required for this part time opportunity as only a very limited performing ability would be necessary prior to rehearsals. This exciting proposal will be salaried for the chosen candidates. Commitment enthusiasm and good time keeping is essential.

For further enquiries and to receive full and comprehensive details, please phone Matt on 01502 530866. Available 9am to 9pm.