It is with great sadness that we pass on the news that Andy Steele died in hospital earlier this week.
Andy and his wife Wendy were absolute stalwarts in TATS for many years. Andy performed on stage, worked back stage and was invaluable in setting up and constructing things for TATS.
He was a very sinister Bill Sykes in our first “Oliver”, a loveable wizard in the “Wizard of Oz”. He was excellent in “Bouncers” and “Our day out “ He had a lovely singing voice, which was put to good use in our revues.
He will be missed by so many people and his TATS family will have so many lovely memories of him.
TATS have had their first two play readings in the last few weeks, with lots of fun and laughter being had as we read “Will you still love me in the morning?” a farce – written by Brian Clemens and being produced by his wife, Jan Clemens
The play will be performed on Wednesday, the 24th of November until Saturday, the 27th of November.
Sadly, for the first time in its long history, TATS does not currently plan to stage any productions this year.
A message from the Committee
We would have expected to be telling you about now that tickets are on sale for our November production of the musical “Oklahoma!” but, with the ongoing virus situation, it is not to be at the moment.
Putting on a production can be quite a commitment, be it turning up to rehearsals and learning your lines, building the set, finding props, sewing costumes – the to-do list is always fairly lengthy!
So, what have TATS’ members been up to with all their spare time?
Some members have been using their skills to make scrubs and face masks for health workers, others getting creative and making beautiful, painstakingly hand sewn quilts.
Others have been out and about delivering PPE to GP surgeries and pharmacies in desperate need, growing masses of fruit and vegetables in their allotments or getting to grips with that long needed clear out project!
We all very much miss our TATS family; the regular meeting together to rehearse and plan our shows, the laughter, fun and nerves as the performance date draws near.
As things stand, we have not been able to make any detailed plans for future productions, but, when the village hall is able to reopen we hope to be able to hold some socially distanced play readings
Earlier in the year, we had to postpone our planned production of the play “My Mother Said I Never Should” to 2021 due to the lockdown restrictions required for Covid-19.
We have now also made the difficult decision to postpone our big musical production of Oklahoma! until November 2021.
This means that the previously advertised dates for read-throughs and auditions are cancelled.
Unfortunately we just felt that there were too many unknowns regarding the continuation of social distancing etc for us to audition, begin rehearsals for a large cast and plan to stage the show in the Village Hall.
If there is a bright side to this very difficult situation perhaps it is that we have had some time and space to reflect on the importance of our local community. Lots of us have been grateful to live in a village with such a vibrant and supportive spirit where people are willing to help others.
TATS very much hope that as people perhaps look to find their entertainment closer to home, they will want to get involved with Oklahoma! next year; we would welcome new faces. The show has a big cast so there will be lots of parts available – but as ever there is a lot of fun to be had off the stage as well, with lighting, sound, painting, set building, wardrobe… the list goes on!
Further details of dates for read-throughs and auditions for both planned productions in 2021 will be published here in due course.
Long Term TATS Friend and professional Musician, Andy Stewart, has hinted that he may be making a surprise appearance in the Medical TV series ‘Holby City’, but he’s keeping his cards close to his chest.
So will it be Andy Stewart MD or Andy Stewart MD we wonder? – watch this space!
We were absolutely thrilled that our TATS production of Little Shop of Horrors was nominated for 2 NODA awards in the categories of Best Musical & Best Technical Production.
The Awards Ceremony was be held in Stevenage on March 8th, and whilst we did not win this time round, to be recognised and nominated still deserves many congratulations to all involved in this stunning production.
Congratulations from TATS to all NODA award winners, and especially to our friends down the road at AD HOC who won the best drama for their production of ‘Humble Boy’.
Thank you for supporting our recent production of A Vicar of Dibley Christmas
Four sell-out audiences competed with
each other to raise the largest sum in our raffle each night with the
highest night being donated to charity.
Our Saturday Night audience were the winners and the Raffle proceeds of £208 will be donated to the Trussel Trust Food Bank, in Bedford.
Thank you all for your generosity.
The directors changed but we still made a record breaking return to Dibley in November, following our first visit back in March 2017.
The latest antics of the Rev Geraldine Grainger and the other eccentric residents of Dibley took us through a madcap selection of tv highlights, from Alice’s discovery of her pregnancy, through to the birth during the Dibley Nativity, via the great storm and Radio Dibley – including Frank’s ‘coming out’ and perhaps the worst audition sessions you’ve ever seen.
We had fabulous audience feedback for this show, so well done to cast crew and especially directors Karen Pickwick and Michele Swales, who also brought us ‘Allo,’Allo’ in 2011, ‘Calendar Girls’ in 2012 and the panto ‘Knight Fever’ in 2015.
To see our cast list and some rehearsal photos, please click GO below.
And… we hope this video captures the essence of this popular and very funny production, with thanks to Stephanie Munno for the photos.