Concert for Guide Dogs
Now that we are a registered charity, we are able to claim Gift Aid on all donations, including membership fees from anyone who is a UK tax payer. If this is you, please get in touch.
Big thanks to everyone who came along on 22 Dec 18 to Morrisons to help bag pack and sing – we raised an amazing £687 of which we have retained £340. The other half goes to the teenage cancer charity CLIC Sargent which Morrisons sponsor.
Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme
We are delighted to let you know that our application to the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme has been successful and our project will be put forward to a customer vote in Tesco stores during January and February 2019. We will be looking to use this to support our next Youth Project.
Our project along with the other two successful projects in our region will go forward to a vote in Tesco stores where their customers will decide the outcome by voting for their favourite project each time they shop. Voting will take place from Tuesday 1st January 2019 to Thursday 28th February 2019.
The project with the highest number of votes across your region will receive £4,000, the second placed project £2,000 and the third placed project £1,000.
Please see below a list of stores taking part in the voting on our project. Feel free to share this with your friends and family:
Bathgate Blackburn Road (D) (B) EH48 2ES Superstore
LIVINGSTON MN ST EXP EH53 0EJ Express
To vote, you will need to make a purchase within store of any value. You will receive one token per transaction and it’s not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the Playfest in Oct 18. This production was aimed at giving members a chance to take part in various different roles in a production both on stage and behind the scenes. In that it was successful with quite a few people appearing in their first play, with a new Director, a new Stage Manager and new backstage helpers.
We have had two successful concerts in recent weeks, one at the Dobbies’ Christmas Opening event and more recently at the West Lothian College Graduation ceremony. Well done to those who took part in those and thanks to Lynne for adding some movement to the pieces, Bob and Sue for helping us with the music. Well received performances all good for letting people know about The Livingston Players.
Dobbie’s Open Nights and West Lothian College Graduation
We have also been asked to entertain the guests at the West Lothian College graduation on the morning Saturday 27th October.
Please email if you would be able to take part in any of these so that we can arrange some rehearsals.
The Sociable Plover
Congratulations to all of those involved in “The Sociable Plover” directed by Ronnie Barnes who came first in the Divisional Finals of the SCDA one-act-play festival and who will now represent the Eastern Division at the Scottish Finals. They also won the trophies for best acting and best stage presentation. The Scottish Finals will take place at the East Kilbride Village theatre on 19th-21st April 2018 with Livingston Players on the Saturday night. It would be great if lots of people from our club could support the festival and particularly our team. Tickets can be obtained HERE:
October Playfest 2018
This year we are planning to produce an evening of one act plays in October to give an opportunity to new aspiring Directors and to give more players the chance to take on an acting role in a play. We will be running some workshops for first time Directors to help them prepare for this – so this is a great opportunity to give it a go. If you are interested in being considered as a Director or would be interested in taking part in this project, then please get in touch.
Success for -The Sociable Plover!
Huge congratulations to Ronnie Barnes and the cast of Jeff Robinson and Jack Stewart who were placed 2nd in the SCDA One Act play festival!
They also achieved the Highest Marks Acting!
They will now go on to represent Edinburgh at the Eastern Divisional Final in Killin 22 to 24 March.
Many congratulations and thanks to all who helped – cast, supporting cast, crew, tech support and drivers.
Livingston Players perform for Guide Dogs for the Blind event
What a night! An audience of 80 enjoyed an evening of “Songs from the Musicals” performed by members of Livingston Players on 16 Mar 18. Our performers sang their hearts out and the audience loved the sing-along numbers with the words displayed on the wall. There was lots of laughter and Guide Dog Puppies Kirky and Darcy along with our wonderful support dog Nessie encouraged everyone to “dig deep” with their giving raising a magnificent £738 for Guide Dogs. Well done to all involved!
On the Elf Day of Christmas – Murder Mystery
We held our Murder Mystery social/fund raising evening last Saturday (9th Dec) which was attended by nearly eighty people. The Murder Mystery, “On the Elf day of Christmas” was once again written and directed by Annie Townsend and Lynne Hurst and, as with their previous murder mysteries ,had everyone laughing out loud as they tried to guess who had murdered Santa and Kitty Claws. A huge thank you to Lynne and Annie for this and to the cast of Players members. In addition to the Murder Mystery there was a raffle, lucky dip, guess the weight of the Christmas cake, how many sweeties in the jar, have your photo taken with Santa and a craft stall; some hot snacks were served before people left for home. This array of delights was organised by Judith Hutchinson, Sue Rankine, Karen Walker and Frances Kemp. We am delighted to report that over £800 was raised to help with Players increasing expenses. Thanks to those who worked so hard and to those who came along, took part and put their hands into the wallets!
The Sociable Plover
The play will be presented at the first “District” round of the SCDA festival in the ChurchHill theatre in Edinburgh on one night between 16th to 18th February.
The Concert Party
Always a Bridesmaid
14th Sept 2017 at 7.30 pm; Read through for January play “Always a Bridesmaid”, a great opportunity to hear a play being read.
17th Sept 2017 at Sept at 2pm; Auditions for January play “Always a Bridesmaid”
Production dates in 2018;
31st Jan – 2 Feb 2018 “Always a Bridesmaid”
Sunday 5th November 2017 at 2pm; Open Day for 2018 Musical “Follies”, come along and hear about next years musical for the Director Colin and hear some of the music.
12th October 2017 at 7,30-9.30pm. Shakespeare Workshop, a fun and informal workshop
Livingston Players is now a registered charity
We are excited to announce in August 2017 Livingston Players became a registered charity, we are registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (charity number SC047580).
SCDA Winners – Livingston Players with Steel Magnolias
Livingston Players have again won the SCDA Full length play with Steel Magnolias (Directed by John Hutchison)
Congratulations to everyone who was involved in getting the production to the stage and the well-deserved win. This is the second time that John has directed a winning production of this play the last being in February 1996. We are extremely proud of all the girls, John and all the back stage team involved in this production.
They will be presented with the trophy on the last night of their forthcoming production on Sister Act (31st May – 4th June 2016 at Howden Park Centre)
We had a great turnout for the Allo Allo auditions and Lynne was able to pick a very strong cast for the production.
The calibre of performance during the auditions was high with everyone getting into it and Lynne could have cast many of the actors who auditioned in several roles. There were some disappointed members – who auditioned really well, and they have been invited to take part in the production as townsfolk.
Lynne still needs a piano player, a soldier and an airman if you want a few lines and a chance to take part in a great show, please let Lynne know.
However, without further ado, congratulations to the successful cast members who are:
Herr Flick……Alex Rankine
Airman 1……..Ewan Hepburn
Well done to everyone, very well deserved.
Lynne will be in contact after Sister Act to arrange the first rehearsal, if you did not get your script today, please let her know and she will get one to you.
“Listen very carefully I shall say this only once”. Allo Allo read through Sunday 21st February 1pm at Carmondean church with auditions to follow the following Sunday 28th. Audition pieces will be discussed on the day Please come and support our next play to be directed by Lynne Hurst. There are lots of fabulous parts for males and females. It’s worth it to hear about “Ze knock wurst sausage and the fallen Madonna with the big boobies by Van Klomp”. See you at Cafe Rene, au revoir et bonne chance.
Sister Act May 2016 31st May – 4th June
|SISTER ACT – CAST|
|Delores Van Cartier||Gill Sullivan|
|Mother Superior||Annie Townsend|
|Sister Mary Robert||Jemma Lapsley|
|Sister Mary Patrick||Judith Hutchinson|
|Sister Mary Lazarus||Pam Murray|
|Sister Mary Theresa||Kate Halliday|
|Sister Mary Martin of Tours||Louise Farnie|
|Michelle / Tina||Fiona Wandlass / Dani Smith|
|Monsignor O’Hara||Alex Kemp|
Contact Membership Secretary Carol Collier atif you require any further information.
The Murder Mystery Evening Presents – The Sheepshank Redemption
Steel Magnolias Read Through
Steel Magnolias Audition Information
STEEL MAGNOLIAS – AUDITIONS
Read through Monday 5th October at 7.30
Auditions Thursday 8th October at 7.30
Livingston United Parish Church, Fells Rigg, Livingston
45th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION PARTY
Contact – Karen Walker 07921 498689
Rehearsal Schedule for Gym & Tonic
NOTICE OF LIVINGSTON PLAYERS 2015 AGM
Notice is given that the 2015 Livingston Players AGM will be held on Thursday 25th June 2015 at 7.30pm at Carmondean Community Centre, Livingston.
The AGM is the forum for members to hear about and comment on what the Management Committee has done in the past year, and to elect a new Committee for the year ahead.
There is a proposed change to Constitution which will be proposed to members at the AGM.
Wine and nibbles will be served after the business of the meeting is conducted.
The Committee looks forward to seeing you there.
Sue Rankine, Secretary