|A message from the Chairman|
I hope that you're all well and managing to stay safe and sane in these interesting times.
The committee last met in person on March 16th, 2020, exactly 95 years after the inaugural meeting of Knutsford Amateur Dramatic Society, as recorded on our website 50 Dramatic Years
It's an interesting thought to consider what our society has seen over the last 95 years and survived and I'm sure that we will also survive through these current challenges and return again. I am certainly looking forward to our centenary season and ways in which we can celebrate and reflect on our achievements.
Grant from Cheshire East
I'm delighted to say that we have been fortunate enough to receive a grant of £10,000 from Cheshire East, to help us through these difficult times. This will help with managing the building service costs, whilst we have no income and covers the potential profits that we could expect to make from the productions we've had to cancel.
We owe thanks to Paul Baston for highlighting the grant availability to us and to Sally for submitting the application.
At present, we do not have definitive guidance as to when we can resume our normal activities. We have looked at the possibility of introducing social distancing within the auditorium, however it does not look to be a feasible option, with occupancy figures in the region of 10-20%. Aside from the obvious financial restrictions, we don't feel that this would be the most enjoyable experience for either the cast, or audience members.
At present, we believe the earliest production we can stage will be the pantomime, given the time durations of audition and rehearsal schedules. We will, of course, continue to monitor the current guidelines and compare how other societies and similar entertainment venues operate. At present, there is little official guidance to inform amateur theatre groups.
We're aiming, where possible, to reschedule the productions by 12 months. We've had confirmation from the licence holders for The Addams Family that they are agreeable to this and Sean has confirmed with David Soames, author of Penny for the Guy, that this is acceptable to him.
At this time of year, our thoughts are usually turning towards the AGM, but as I'm sure you all appreciate, this is highly unlikely to take place in its usual format this year.
We have considered numerous options for this and at present, we feel the best route to explore further is the idea of an "off-line" form of AGM. The majority of the existing committee is prepared to stand for a further year, however Sean Duvall has regrettably decided to stand down from his current position, acting as secretary and Lesley Reed has also offered to stand down. To that extent, we will be opening up nominations for committee positions for volunteers and we will be holding postal votes as required to fill these positions. Prior to the AGM we can circulate documents such as the financial reports to the membership for review and acceptance. Once normality returns, we can hold an EGM if required to discuss matters further.
This is only one option and we are open to alternative ideas, possibly using technology in the form of virtual meetings, so if you have any thoughts, please do get in touch.
As you'll all know, membership becomes due at the AGM, however we know that there are financial pressures on everyone at the moment and it feels a little unfair to ask for membership subscriptions when we currently cannot operate. Because of this, we have decided to extend all current membership subscriptions to cover the 2020/21 season.
We would ask though, if you feel it is appropriate, that you consider a donation to the theatre in lieu of your normal membership subscription. All of our finances go to staging productions and the upkeep of the building, so "every little helps" as they say.
Members of the committee go to the Theatre on a fairly regular basis, to ensure that the building is secure, check post etc. It is strange to see the set standing unused for so long and at times I would not be surprised to find a still smoking pipe on the stage, or a bowl of warm soup!
It's been great to see that we have activities continuing virtually, with Paul's quizzes plus the many creative projects that members and friends have been sharing online. This enforced isolation can be difficult for many people, so it's important that we can continue to be a community and support each other in the best ways we can.
To see inside auditorium and view theatre/seating layout click here
Hearing Loop effective Rows E to M - Wheelchair space
Tickets for all Adult productions are £10 and our Junior production is £6. These can be purchased by clicking on the BOOK NOW logo below.
If you have problems booking on-line, please leave us a message on our unmanned phone on Knutsford (01565) 633000 and we will get back to you.
Knutsford Little Theatre
Tel 01565 633000 (unmanned phone, please leave a message)
E-mail us at email@example.com
We have a growing collection of pictures of productions staged in recent years.
Please visit the past productions page and select the link next to the play name.
and a scan of our 50 Dramatic Years booklet.
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