As you'll all appreciate, Culter Theatre Club has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown and social distancing requirements like everyone else.
The committee had been waiting to to see how the situation developed over the last few months, however we have now had to take the hard decision not to put on our Christmas Panto in 2020. This would have been our 30th year.
The health and safety of our audience, cast and crew was paramount in this decision. Auditions and panto rehearsals would start in just a couple of weeks time, however with social distancing in place these would be impossible for us in practical terms. Additionally if at any time anyone became ill, they, and potentially the whole cast/crew would have to self isolate for fourteen days - this may even be the case right through show time. With the existing social distancing rules our seated capacity would be reduced by 80%, all of which makes it unsustainable to put on a production this year and led us to this decision.
We are very much hoping to be able to put on a show in Summer next year, and of course all being well our 30th panto after that - which will be bigger and better than ever! We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all our supporters, young and old, and we very much look forward to seeing you all in 2021! In the meantime we will be having a (socially distanced) AGM in September - further details to follow soon.
You may have noticed our new Culter Theatre Club logo, which is now on our Facebook, Twitter and Website. For many years we'd just used a basic "theatre masks" icon to represent the club, but recently we decided we should have our very own logo!
The new logo uses the letters "CTC" in a bold design that shows everything linked together. The red colour stands for the stage curtains, the yellow the stage lights, and the purple for the Grampian mountains. The black areas are also an integral part of the logo - as they represent our amazing back stage crew and all the people who work away without being seen. In our logo they're right there making the rest of the logo work and just as important as all the rest.
We've also launched our new website, with a fresh new theme that is mobile friendly. Our previous site had stood us well for many years, but didn't work well on mobile phones, whereas our new design should be much better when displayed on either a desktop, tablet or phone!
We're very pleased to announce that part of the proceeds from our Saturday Matinée performance of 'Allo 'Allo will be going to support the very worthwhile charity, the Bone Cancer Research Trust. Tickets are available on our website for the show - just click the "Buy Tickets" link!
Culter Theatre Club needs you!
Culter Theatre Club has a busy schedule this year with another run of the very popular “Allo Allo” on the 7-9th of September, tickets are available on-line this year, and details can be found on our website and Facebook pages.
Straight after, we will be working hard on our annual pantomime, which this year is “Snow White”, keep a look out for our audition notices around August this year.
To do all of this we need a great cast, director, producers, musical director, choreographer, stage crew, dress makers, make up artists, lighting and sound technicians, set builders and painters, prop makers, stage mangers etc.
For all the people you see on stage, there are just as many back stage and behind the scenes, each one playing a vital role in each production.
Every year we get a lot of people auditioning to be on stage, far to many to give everyone a role, however we only get a few people coming forward that want to help backstage.
With the natural progression of people through the club we always find ourselves with plenty of cast but not enough people willing to direct, produce, choreograph and all the other roles the club needs to continue putting on the productions of the quality we are so famous for.
It is now getting to a stage where we are finding it very hard to put on productions.
We have a brilliant cast, a magnificent stage, state of the art lighting, sound and projection facilities. We play to 1200 people every year for the Panto, hopefully some of those people can help us.
We urgently need some brilliant Directors, Producers, Choreographers, Musical Directors and all those other vital roles if we are to continue to function as a club.
If you want to help, or know someone that can, please get in touch with me for an informal chat, I’m happy to show you the facilities we have.
Culter Theatre Club.
Well that's panto over for another year, and a huge well done to all the cast, crew and band!
Another brilliant show enjoyed by over a thousand people over the five nights.
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A cabaret with live music and comedy, and a three course meal in Cafe Rene ( 'Allo 'Allo) with your favourite characters played by CTC members of course! To raise funds for Culter village Hall and Culter Theatre Club. BYOB over 18 only. Tickets £20 available from Culter Village Hall, telephone 01224 734371.