Note from the Chair New Year 2017
Our 2016 year has come to an end. A huge thanks to patrons, crews and committees for your ongoing passion for the Playhouse. Without you – we would not be able to keep our doors open. With four successful HHDS shows down I can report that the HHDS has strengthened financially in 2016. This is thanks to the hard work of many people. A full report will be issued at our AGM, details of which can be found below.
One of the most positive aspects of 2016 has been our acquisition of NPO status. This opens many doors for us to more efficiently run a theatre in dire need of alteration and repair.
It was unfortunate that our fifth HHDS show planned for December 2016, Fawlty Towers, could not be performed. The rights application went through at a very late stage and when we were declined by Samuel French, the show was practically ready to open. The ethical and lawful thing to do was to respect the wishes of the right holders and thereby avoid a fine and blacklisting. The show did therefore not open. Norman McFarlane resigned as a director and from his capacity on the committee immediately after this and whilst we are sad to see him go, we respect and understand his decision.
In some more exciting news, we are proud to welcome Bryoni Currin on-board as a HHDS director after her fabulous work on Little Red Riding Hood and look forward to her work in 2017.
Our internal HHDS awards for 2016 will be combined with the awards of 2017 in a ceremony to be held in early 2018. An executive decision was made to do so based on a variety of reasons. We are also currently preparing for the CATA Awards which we will host in late February and hope that the HHDS will once again be able to bring some home!
2017 promises to be an exciting year and we are kicking off with a unique show by Lindsay Small. We have added extra performances of London Suite which will proudly be our first production of the year! Keep a close watch of our website and facebook page for auditions for the remaining shows and a big musical planned for November / December!
International artist Ike Moriz will be at the Playhouse with ‘Love Swings’ on the 24th and 25th of February to rekindle you valentines spirit. We will also be welcoming back Pieter-Dirk Uys after his sell-out season this year. Diarise 1 – 3 March for some more local fun! We ware also looking forward to the popular comedy drama Calendar Girls presented by Carnivals of the Heart in association with Helderberg Hospice. There really is always something on at the Playhouse! Any schools, studios, artists or private persons wishing to hire the Playhouse must contact Ann on 082 678 9077 as soon as possible as the calendar is filling up!
Have a blessed holiday and see you all in the new year!