When performing in a stage version of a well-known TV classic there are two things to consider – firstly do the audience expect the performers to be look alike mimics of the original TV cast and secondly continuity of a stage production is often limited compared with a televised version. Read more
Our next production will be The Vicar of Dibley to be staged on 27th, 28th and 29th April. Auditions will be held on Friday 10th and Sunday 12th February at 7.30 p.m. in St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington. There are 13 characters to cast, all adult roles. If you would like to take part but are unable to attend either audition evening, please contact Martin McLean on 01325 465275.
We would like to make special mention of the Makeup Team – Jaeden Lyth, Shauna Cane, Helen Patterson and Sophie Brignall. These guys are all students on the Production Arts Makeup course at Stockton Riverside College, and most have travelled to Darlington each night to work with our cast on their fabulous looks! Thank you for your time and commitment, and good luck with your final year exams.
Tickets are now on sale for our Pantomime – Dick Whittington.
Our performance dates are January 18th -21st 2017 – 7:30pm with a 2pm matinee on Saturday.
Tickets are £7 with a £5 concession price.
We also have a special Youth Group night on the 18th, with a concession price of £4. Get in touch for more information.
STARS have just completed a major overhaul of the stage and technical installation we have at St Augustine’s Parish Centre.
The changes included a full upgrade of the truss system above the stage. We have installed a fully winchable tuss, which allows our technicians to drop the rigging to a safe working height, rig the lights and set, and then winch the rig back up to operation height. This give us much more flexibility with sets and how the stage can be used from show to show.
We also installed our brand new black curtain set. We can now create a full black box stage which looks great day to day, and also gives us a blank canvas to work with.
Another big upgrade was to change the lighting bars within the hall and to future proof the systems we have. We now have installed network links from stage to the front of house where we operate, this enables us to easily connect the control systems when a show is on.
The Adventures of Mr Toad was the first show to use the systems, and it all worked perfectly!
St Augustine’s Repertory Society (STARS) was founded in 1981 by a small group of friends within St Augustines, who were keen to establish a new social dimension to the parish.
We are a very friendly group, with a diverse membership. Some of our members have years of experience drawn from within STARS and elsewhere. Others have specialised in backstage and technical roles over the years, and others still are brand new to any kind of amateur theatre. Our members age from 10 yrs to maturity, and all are welcome.