Our November Production: SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER

NOVEMBER PRODUCTION

At the recent Group Choice meeting a vote was cast for the next production and the members present (thanks to all who attended the meeting) elected to present

SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER

(The Mistakes of a Night)                                                                                                                            by Oliver Goldsmith

Plot:

Wealthy countryman Mr. Hardcastle arranges for his daughter Kate to meet Charles Marlow, the son of a rich Londoner, hoping the pair will marry. Unfortunately, Marlow prefers lower class women, finding them less intimidating than women of high society. On his first acquaintance with Kate, the latter realises she will have to pretend to be ‘common’ to get Marlow to woo her. Thus Kate ‘stoops to conquer’, by posing as a maid, hoping to put Marlow at his ease so he falls for her. Marlow sets out for Mr. Hardcastle’s manor with a friend, George Hastings, an admirer of Miss Constance Neville, another young lady who lives with the Hardcastles. During the journey the two men get lost and stop at an alehouse, The Three Jolly Pigeons, for directions.

Tony Lumpkin, Kate’s step-brother and Constance’s cousin, comes across the two strangers at the alehouse and, realising their identity, plays a practical joke by telling them that they are a long way from their destination and will have to stay overnight at an inn. The “inn” he directs them to is in fact the home of the Hardcastles. When they arrive, the Hardcastles, who have been expecting them, go out of their way to make them welcome. However, Marlow and Hastings, believing themselves in an inn, behave extremely disdainfully towards their hosts. Hardcastle bears their unwitting insults with forbearance, because of his friendship with Marlow’s father.

Kate learns of her suitor’s shyness from Constance and a servant tells her about Tony’s trick. She decides to masquerade as a serving-maid (changing her accent and garb) to get to know him. Marlow falls in love with her and plans to elope with her but, because she appears of a lower class, acts in a somewhat bawdy manner around her. All misunderstandings are resolved by the end, thanks to an appearance by Sir Charles Marlow.

The main sub-plot concerns the secret romance between Constance and Hastings. Constance needs her jewels, an inheritance, guarded by Tony’s mother, Mrs. Hardcastle, who wants Constance to marry her son, to keep the jewels in the family. Tony despises the thought of marrying Constance — he prefers a barmaid at the alehouse — and so agrees to steal the jewels from his mother’s safekeeping for Constance, so she can elope to France with Hastings.

The play concludes with Kate’s plan succeeding: she and Marlow become engaged. Tony discovers his mother has lied about his being “of age” and thus entitled to his inheritance. He refuses to marry Constance, who is then eligible to receive her jewels and become engaged to Hastings, which she does.

The play will be directed by Tony Traxler and is scheduled for performance 21 to 25 November at The Questors Studio Theatre.

Auditions will be held on

Sunday 23 July at 3 pm and Thursday 10 August at 7.30 pm at The Friendship Club, Age Concern Chiswick, Oxford Road North, W4 4DN

If you are unable to attend these dates but wish to take part in the production get in touch with Tony direct (07899 961813) to arrange for private auditions on his casting couch.  There ae quite a number of large and small roles for all ages available

 

Letter of thanks from Jean Silva at Age Concern

(Dear Freddie and the Theatre West Four team

I can’t thank you enough for your wonderful donation. It is so very kind of you all to think of Age Concern Chiswick and to give us £300 of your hard won funds. I know only too well how difficult it is to raise funds today. So your generosity is magnificent.

I have seen th excellent piece about us that you placed in the programme you produced for Separate Tables.  It must have had a really positive influence on the audience as the collection box contained a tremendous £52.12.  Very many thanks for your kindness in raising that additional amount.

I can assure you that your donations will be put to good use at Age Concern Chiswick as we continue to offer activities to older people in Chiswick and Brentford.  All our volunteers give their time freely and, as you know, we receive no government funds. We rely on our own fund raising initiatives and the support of donors. We are therefore really touched by the fantastic gesture of your friendship.

Sincere thanks from all the of Age Concern Chiswick.

Jean Silva (Mrs)                                                                                                                                                 Chair)

DONATION TO AGE CONCERN CHISWICK

 

On a scorching and sunny June afternoon, Neil and myself visited Age Concern to present Jean Silva and Di Skingle and a few of their members, with the donation we pledged of the profit of our last show Separate Tables in May.   We were able to present them with a cheque for £300 and also a collection tin which was held at our Front of House desk which resulted in a further £50.   The team at Age Concern were delighted with the proceeds and most grateful.

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SEPARATE TABLES – Our 2017 May production

 Images from a wonderful production

Directed by Tony Traxler

Cast includes:  Ellie Hopkins, Alice Klapwyk, Nicola Foster,  Gerri Heneghan, Mary Ennis,
David Bickerstaff, Juliet Cassidy, Clare Pengelley, Daniel Davis, Richard Scott, Sofia Morin. Lauren Powell, Tony Traxler

Membership Theatre West Four

Membership Theatre West Four

At  a General Meeting last year it was agreed that as the Group seemed to have now evolved into a Production Company, our Membership Structure should  be changed to reflect this altered situation.

Our membership will still run annually from October to October but we will no longer have an Associate Membership scheme and Associate members will now be classified as Full Members.

Annual General Membership fee has been reduced to £10 per person which includes all benefits like attending meetings, voting rights at Meetings, standing for Committee positions, receive copies of our in-house Magazine ‘Scene’, rights to auditions for all productions, etc.

However, we will now introduce a one off Annual Production fee of £30 (£15 concessions), running for the same annual period October to October)  should you be cast in a production or productions during a current membership year.

We feel that this will more appropriately reflect the current situation of the Group and our Constitution will be amended to incorporate this change.

 

Our May 2017 Production ‘Separate Tables’

At the play reading last Thursday 12th January the Group decided to select Terence Rattigan’s ‘Separate Tables’ as our next production to be staged at the Questors Studio Theatre on May 9 – 13, 2017.    Tony Traxler will be directing.

A reading of the play has been scheduled for Thursday 2nd February at 7.30 pm at The Friendship Club, Age Concern Chiswick, Oxford Road North, W4 followed by open auditions on Thursday 9th February 7.30 pm and Sunday 12th February 2.00 pm at the same venue.  For further information email info@theatrewestfour.co.uk or text 07860 448597.

Everyone is welcome to attend so we look forward to see you