Exclusive news? Wine…not?!

You heard this here first! A blog exclusive announcement…no secrets really, just a great time planned!
Encore Theatre Company invite you to join them for a fundraising evening of wine and cheese tasting at the end of April!

WineIf you are anything like me you will head off for the weekly shop and wonder which wine goes with what food and wonder if it will it actually taste as good as the label looks?!…because to be honest that is all I look at…anything with a comedy name and I’m sold!
How great would it be to actually know a little bit more about the wine in the supermarket? Here’s how…Encore have arranged a social wine and cheese tasting event for its members, friends, family and anyone who might be interested in joining us for a relaxed evening filled with wine, information, cheese, supper and maybe a boogie at the end of the night brimming with merriment and a bit more wine education!

We will be holding our wine tasting evening at the Ferrybridge Community Centre on 30th April at 7pm. The talk will feature 6 cheeses and 6 matching wines with a supper break half way through the evening. We also have a few games and raffle prizes to be won. The event has been arranged as a relaxed, fun evening while at the same time to help us raise funds for this year’s show and beyond. The wine talk will be held by John Butterwick of Winetalks who specialises in various forms of wine education. We have met with John and he definitely knows his stuff! John isn’t a wine merchant so none of the wine will be available to purchase on the night but it is all sourced from local supermarkets!
In 1991, John began to develop his long-standing interest in wine, by establishing his first wine tasting group, which soon became his main hobby. The research necessary to run such a group broadened his knowledge of wine.

In 1997 he passed the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Certificate and in 2001 he achieved the WSET Higher Certificate (since re-named the WSET Advanced Certificate). He has ambitions to pursue the WSET Diploma as soon as time permits, leading to an application for membership of the Association of Wine Educators.

In 2002 he was asked to develop and deliver a 10-week Wine Appreciation course (“Exploring the World of Wine”) by the North Yorkshire Adult Education Service based at Tadcaster Grammar School. This was followed by another 10-week course, “The Wines of France”. The courses ran for 5 years in Tadcaster and Sherburn-in-Elmet, but withdrawal of the Government subsidy for this kind of ‘leisure’ evening class, with a consequent increase in fees, resulted in a drop in the level of interest and those courses have not run since 2007. The courses recently resumed for a while at Wetherby High School for Leeds City College. John has been asked regularly by former course participants, to re-establish wine education opportunities in the local area. He has also collaborated with local restaurants (Mirabelle Restaurant in Harrogate and Le Box Bistrot in Boston Spa), local vineyards (Leventhorpe Vineyard near Leeds, Yorkshire Heart Vineyard near York and Ryedale Vineyard near Malton) and with the international hotel chain, the Holiday Inn.

CaptureSo if you are in the mood for a laid back, no obligation to buy, fun-filled tasting evening why not join us on Saturday 30th April at 7pm?!
Tickets for the evening are just £15 each, or £25 per couple and £100 for a table of 8. Arrange a table with 7 friends and save money, it’s that easy!

You can buy tickets from us via email or phone/text to 07788720943 and arrangements can be made to pay by cheque or come along to rehearsals and pay for tickets.
This evening has been arranged to try something a little different in a relaxed atmosphere with great company and to learn something new.


Meet The Committee Part 5

Our Meet the Committee series continues this week with our very own Chairman/Woman and so much more Mrs Pam Robinson.
How long have you been a member of Encore Theatre Company?

40 years in September 2015.

When and why did you join ETC?

Joined in 1975 when I was very, very young!

My mum knew people who were involved with the then Featherstone Amateur Musical & Dramatic Society and she used to organise party bookings to see the shows.  I went to a few shows with her from being about 10 years old and after every show said to her that I wanted to join.  Being very timid and shy (which you probably find hard to believe!), I don’t think she believed me, but I did eventually join with my friend Karen when we were 13 years old.

When we went to our first rehearsal at what is now Featherstone Academy / High School, there was no one else our age there and we were told that we probably wouldn’t be able to go on stage until we were a bit older, but we could come along and watch!

So we kept enthusiastically turning up at all the rehearsals and eventually they gave us the roles of maids on stage in our first show, “Me and My Girl”, which was staged at St Wilfrid’s High School.

Do you have and favourite show/s performed in?

Lots of favourite shows and lovely memories, but top of the list perhaps: Hello Dolly; Sweet Charity; Jesus Christ Superstar; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; Half A Sixpence

Pam as Viv Nicholson in ‘Spend, Spend, Spend’

Tell us your favourite role/s? (past roles and dream ones)

Irene Molloy in Hello Dolly – special because it was my first major role in a show and I have played the same role twice; Charity in Sweet Charity; Viv Nicholson in Spend Spend Spend.

Roles I would have liked to have played, but now too old!
Maria Von Trapp in Sound of Music
Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady

However, a dream role I might still be in with a chance – Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly

How long have you served on the committee?

Since 1979 as Secretary and then Chairman

What was your reason for joining the committee?

They needed someone who could type letters and take minutes at meetings, which is what I did as a job, so I volunteered.  The committee at the time was very much comprised of the ‘older generation’ and I think they thought I was a bit young to be joining them, but in the absence of anyone else …

I worked for quite a few Chair-people in my years as Secretary, but always remember how much I admired the organisation and efficiency of Jeni Fieldhouse; she encouraged me and I guess she was my role model to become more involved.

Pam irene molloyYour role and responsibilities?

I am now the proud Chair of Encore and can’t quite remember how many years I’ve been doing the job!

My role as I see it is to co-ordinate the Company’s activities by liaising with members, committee and production team to ensure that everything which needs doing is covered.  I also like to be ‘hands-on’ and get involved / do things myself; delegation is not my strong point, but I’m working on it!

Describe a task you have completed for this year’s committee?

I think one of the most difficult tasks in the last 12 months for me personally, was coordinating and communicating with everyone involved in “Annie”, as there were lots of new children / parents who understandably had lots of questions and I responded to queries on a daily basis – it was like having a second job!

But I don’t mind really as I hope most of the time everyone knew what they were doing and people were very complimentary about our organisation so there was some job satisfaction at the end.

What are the main challenges facing the committee?

It’s always disappointing to receive criticism as a committee, but I guess it’s part and parcel of the job.   So an ongoing challenge is to try and make the right decisions for the Company as a whole, learn from our mistakes (yes, I admit we do make some from time to time!) and continually improve on the way we do things.

Pam as Charity in ‘Sweet Charity’

Our biggest challenge for 2016 is “Bad Girls” and getting everyone on board, whether on stage or not, to help promote the production.  I hope members not involved on stage will still keep in touch, come along to rehearsals and help out in the lead up to the production and during show week.  We need everyone’s support and it’s in everyone’s interest to make it a success so we can move forward to future successful productions they will probably be involved in.

I’m proud to be involved with a great group of people and the fact we’re still thriving is testimony to everyone’s efforts – let’s keep up the hard work!

Thank you for  taking part and answering our questions Pam.

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What’s New Pussy-cat?

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This post has nothing to do with a cat unfortunately but we do have a what’s new post for you!

This week on the blog I am sharing  a little update on what’s new with Encore, as Bad Girls is more of a reduced cast for one reason or another I thought it would be nice to keep everyone up to date on what is new with us and upcoming dates!
We have a few things in the pipeline over the next few months leading up to and beyond our next production Bad Girls the Musical.

Firstly we have a few dates in the calendar

Score from last weeks rehearsal

We have our first round of promotional photographs taking place on Saturday 12th March which should be interesting so keep an eye out for those in the next few weeks.

Saturday 16th April, 9am till around noon cast members will be distributing Bad Girls flyers and posters around the local area. If anyone would like to give us a hand on this day we would really appreciate it. Please email us and let us know if you are available. etconline@live.co.uk

Our Annual General Meeting is now confirmed and will take place at St Joseph’s Primary School, Castleford, on Tuesday 26th April at 6.30pm before that evening’s rehearsal. All members including everyone involved with encore over the last 12 months are requested to attend so we can update everyone on events over the past year as well as forthcoming events. It’s a perfect opportunity to stay after the meeting for a coffee and a catch up too. You might even get chance to watch some of the rehearsal!

Our promotional day at Carlton Lanes, Castleford will take place Saturday 4th June 9am onwards to hand out flyers and speak to the public about the show and maybe see and speak to some of the characters themselves!

Cast of ‘Bad Girls’ concentrating on harmonies

We will be holding an open rehearsal at Castleford Phoenix Theatre in
May, which we have arranged for the press and educational visitors, and to give people the opportunity to see how our rehearsals run and to have a sneak peek at the show before it’s ready for the stage. Tickets for the show will be available to buy at this rehearsal so it’s a great opportunity to ‘try before you buy’!

We have recently signed up to Sardines magazine, an amateur theatre directory and social network. They allowed us to create an online society directory and place information about us and our upcoming/past shows. It’s great to build good connections on-line and spend more time using social media to keep people bang up to date with Encore news.

I have just created ETC’s own Instagram page which I hope to use as much as possible at rehearsals when I am not needed…and sometimes when I am!

Rehearsing ‘First Lady’

I have created our very own hashtag for this year’s show #etcbadgirls that people can use to share their own pictures at rehearsals or other encore related posts.
Please also use the more general hashtag #encoreonline before and after the show to help bring everyone’s posts together. I can’t wait to see the pictures people tag us in and get a different perspective on rehearsals as well as my own…already had one post from my husband Phil Clarkson on there, got him well trained 😀

Speaking of social media our Facebook page has recently reached 475 Likes which is amazing to say our member numbers range from 24 this show to around 50 ish panto time.
How great would it be to push our likes up to 500?!! All I ask you to do is share our page with your friends and they might like to join you in a visit to a performance and then we might tempt them into liking us too…all it takes is a little click of a button and you are done and everyone’s a winner!

That’s all for now. We hope to see you all soon and hope you are all on with planning a trip to see Bad Girls in June!
Members, keep an eye out for further dates from Pam and an email with details of official Encore T shirts, Polo shirts and Hoodies coming soon! Don’t forget to pop down to a rehearsal to say hello too.
Thanks for reading

Sarah xx