1) I joined the Lichfield Players 26 years ago in 1993.
2) Having trained in London, I have always been involved in theatre professionally and Amdram. When I first joined LPs they were performing at the Arts Centre and then the Civic Hall producing some wonderful productions for community theatre - it was a joy to be part of any season, so many talented and dedicated people to spend time with not only when doing a show but also at LPs social events.
3) I first joined the committee in 1994 undertaking Publicity, soon afterwards I became Chair for the first time. I have had various committee roles. Recently I re-joined the committee as their Play Reading Convenor and now once again their elected Chair. With my professional knowledge and experience I know I have the credentials both as an experienced Director/Actor to compliment the Lichfield Players and its membership to produce great shows for all to enjoy. Being part of the Lichfield Players committee warrants dedication no matter what role you undertake. Its a pleasure to be on the committee with like minded people who work hard for the Lichfield Players future.
4) I've participated in so many productions over the years its hard to say which is the best production for me. If I stick to the most recent seasons I would say that I thoroughly enjoyed directing a cast of 32 for Dads Army and as an actor being part of the all female cast Cheshire Cats.
5) I enjoy most of the genres within the performing arts and I do like to tackle 'new plays' if directing. I personally have undertaken roles from all genres when acting. Comedy/Farce is great - timing is paramount, a successful comedy lifts the spirits for all. Dramatic Plays/Thrillers lends a different aspect where body language and emotions are crucial. Directing calls for different skills - you need to know the script backwards to ensure you get the best from your cast/team. Attention to detail is one of my traits that I truly believe in.
6) Being part of community theatre and enjoying the skills that can be learnt or taught is wonderful. To see someone grow with confidence over a few plays is delightful. To hear from our audiences that they have enjoyed our show, they have been entertained. Being part of the Lichfield Players isn't just treading the boards its being part of the whole team from helping to build a set, distributing flyers, wardrobe/props/crewing even making the rehearsal coffee, no job is done without someone taking the role on whether on stage or off! Team work is paramount to a successful company.