The Livingston Players – Committee Members
Alex has been a member of The Livingston Players for less than 10 years, but he is no stranger to amateur theatre. From his first leading role as the Lord Chancellor in Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Iolanthe’ whilst a student, Alex has been involved in over 90 productions, performing in musicals and opera from Carousel to The Bartered Bride, in plays from Pinter to Shakespeare and in pantomimes. He has also been a Director and a Musical Director. As he has lived in various parts of the country he has performed with Thurso Players, Whitehaven Amateur Operatic Society, Carlisle Musical Society, Cumbria Opera, Dumfries Musical Theatre Company, Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society and, of course, The Livingston Players. Alex took up the role of President in 2017.
A native of Ireland, Judith moved to Scotland in 1978 and joined the Players in 1980 for My Fair Lady. Since then she has performed in almost 100 plays and musicals. Judith has been fortunate to have played leading roles in Lovers, Stepping Out, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Cemetery Club, Steel Magnolias, The Odd Couple and Calendar Girls, to name but a few. She has also worked backstage, done props, prompted and helped front of house when not on stage. Judith has also had several stints on committee as President (twice), Secretary and Treasurer as well as general committee posts.
John has been performing in musicals for far longer than he is prepared to admit. He has been in over 50 shows and has played the leading role in 13 of those. This wonderful hobby has given John tremendous enjoyment over the years, and left him with many enduring friendships.
Gill has been associated with the Players for a long time, and having relocated back to Scotland from England decided to tread the boards once more with the society when she played Kitty in the Players 2013 production of Blackfriars Wynd. Gill has played many a role, both in plays and musicals with the Livingston Players. With singing and acting being her passion she is delighted to be back and thrilled to be part of this hard working committee.
Carol has been with the Livingston Players for many years and has taken part in musicals and plays. She can often be seen and heard in the chorus and thoroughly enjoys learning her craft in plays. Her favourite role so far was Mel in “Shakers” in 2010. Carol has been an active Committee member for many years and is a past president. She acts as the Child Protection Officer for the Players.
Tammy has been a member of the Livingston Players since 2014 after not performing since high school. Over her short time with the Livingston Players so far, Tammy has come to realise that we are a Family like society, making her feel extremely welcome and has helped build her confidence in performing again. Tammy joined our committee in 2016 as a member and is delighted to be taking on the role as Publicity Officer and hopes her knowledge of marketing and PR will help support The Livingston Players over the next few years.
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Suzanne has been a member of the Livingston Players since 2013. Previously she was part of the Bathgate Phoenix musicals group. She joined the Livingston Players playing Alison in “Blackfriar’s Wynd” and followed that by taking the part of Doreen in her first play, “The Steamie” in 2014. She has also performed the role of Annelle in ‘Steel Magnolias‘ in 2016and is proud of the fact that both plays had two successful runs at Howden Park Centre and the Bathgate Regal. She has since enjoyed being part of the nuns chorus in the recent production of “Sister Act” and looks forward to participating in many more future productions.
Karen is one of the longest serving committee members, having been involved in Livingston Players for over 25 years. Karen has done everything from lead roles to being an active chorus member, occasional prompt and always there to help out when needed. Karen’s famous phrase “is it time for gin yet?”
Janet danced with Linlithgow Ballet School for 8 years, in 2014 her dance teacher moved to Australia, instead of going another dance school, Janet decided it was time to move to pastures new. She joined Livingston Players in Oct 2014 and her first play was “the Two of Us” Jan 2015. In May 2015 she took part in her first musical, “Sweeney Todd”, in this year’s production of “Sister Act” Janet went from being a Hooker to a singing/dancing nun, and enjoyed every moment of it. She looks forward to many more years performing with the Players.
Shane started singing at a very early age, being a member of NYCOS (National Youth Choir of Scotland) and also a member of the Boys choir when they split into two. He has taken part in musicals and choirs through School. He has also been in the Edinburgh Voice of a City choir and was involved with The Newtown Entertainers doing pantomimes, both onstage and as MD and assistant sound technician. He has done a number of shows with the Livingston Players, both plays and musicals, and has loved every part he has played, whether named character or chorus. He enjoys learning new things and doing different characters and accents. He enjoys being on the committee and hopes to do so for many years to come.
Alistair first appeared with Livingston Players in the 2006 production of “The Scarlet Pimpernel” playing the villainous Robespierre. Since moving to Bathgate in 2007 he has become a more regular on stage presence for the Players including taking lead roles in several plays and musicals, including Bill Snibson in “Me and My Girl”, Mickey Johnston in “Blood Brothers”, and Rene Artois in “Allo Allo”. Apart from the Players, Alistair has spent many years appearing in multiple productions in and around Edinburgh and is looking forward to assisting on committee.
Louise has been with Livingston Players for 3 years performing in both musicals and plays, taking on such roles as Olive in The Odd Couple, Michelle in ‘Allo ‘Allo and Roz in 9 to 5. She joined our committee in 2017 and we look forward to the ideas, local knowledge and enthusiasm Louise will bring to our team.