The stars of the show were obviously the actors, who kept the audience entertained through out the evening with their stunning performances and were rewarded by their well deserved encores. However, it was delightful that at all 3 shows, the audience amusingly gave applause to the stage crew as they quickly went about changing the scenes!
To put on such a production as this, there are many people involved - the unsung heroes, who work behind the scenes to make it all possible. The sets once made need to be transported and erected which takes many hours of work and then dismantled and packed away ready to repeat for the following performance. Then there is the sound and light team, the front of house team, the bar and catering team and all those jobs that need to be done but don’t have a title! There are of course the stalwarts who work long hours setting it all up and then popping off into the changing room ready to tread the boards. It has certainly been a busy time for all the English Theatre Company players and support team but it’s all been so worthwhile and great fun to be a part of.
People who have only recently known about The English Theatre Company may be interested that we have now put on 15 well received productions in different towns and villages throughout the Gers and Haute Garonne region and our group and its faithful followers, just keep growing. The venues for our shows have been as varied as the content. Some performances have been held in restaurants with 3 course meals, but more usually in a Salle de Fete with afternoon tea and cake or wine and canapés and once even with Bubbles and cucumber sandwiches! Not even Covid could put us off and 3 very successful concerts were held out in the open with the audience invited to bring their own picnics!
The Committee will be meeting shortly to start planning our next event. So watch this spot to see what we are going to be doing next - maybe its something you might like to get involved in! There are many ways for people to help in a production and we are always on the look out to welcome new members.
Melodie Minty 23 May 2022
How was she received?
Very, very well according to all the plaudits that came in via email, Facebook, incoming letters and word of mouth!
We played three venues — Sainte-Dode, Boudrac and Marciac.
Our audience numbers totalled 340 — a record for the ETC.
We welcomed new actors, new helpers and won many new friends.
We ran a bar at each venue which proved to be immensely popular.
Our 16-page full-colour programme also proved to be very popular raising a considerable amount of funds.
The only downside was the difficulty in dismantling, transporting then building a full stage set at each venue for a single performance — something that could not have been done but for the huge effort put in by an army of willing helpers.
Now, just over a week after the final show, most of the various elements are either back in our storage facility in Castelnau-Magnoac or various other storage areas. Most pieces of missing bits and pieces have been found and returned, monies have been calculated, expenses paid and we are ready to face the post-Dibbers future with satisfying smiles on our faces.
We have exciting plans.
The ETC is going from strength to strength and the future is looking bright.
As the founding President I am immensely proud of what you have all achieved since our inception in 2016 — some 15 productions !!!
So, well done everyone: the acting corps of around 27 players, the back stage and front of house gang of about 17 volunteers and the countless helpers that support us with loans of props, gifts and huge amounts of moral support — I salute you all !