Our committee consists of a variety of characters contributing their strengths while admitting their weaknesses, all epitomising the generally happy and varied mixture which makes for a sociable, committed and effective unit.
Our newly elected Chair who keeps us all well informed and in line. She's also our musical supremo, encouraging members who profess they can’t sing to produce harmonious combinations, much to their surprise. Liz has also taken a variety of major roles, notably as a siren in ‘Season’s Greetings’.
A very gifted actor although you’d have a hard job to convince him of that, Mark joined us for a Panto and has gone on to produce some truly lovely and utterly convincing characters. He has proved himself a master of timing and facial expressiveness and is developing into a major player.
In addition to being our Girl Friday, Sue is also our Vice Chair. No problem is insurmountable for her. Wardrobe mistress par excellence. Incredibly calm in a crisis. Sue’s ability to squirrel costume items away is legend. For a group of our size we have enough costume to provide the BBC with all they could need.
Humble, magnanimous and without ego, the avuncular Arthur is equally happy to play the lead role as a walk on part with just a line or two. As a teacher at Waddesdon school for most of his career he has, at some point, taught most of the people in our audiences.
Leoni’s enthusiasm and cheeriness lifts everyone’s spirits. Onstage her willingness and capabilities in fulfilling any role – she has excelled in a whole range of major and minor parts, from heroine to tree – contribute, in huge measure, to the good humour and camaraderie of the Group. As anticipated, Leoni has quickly mastered the intricacies of Treasurership’.
Steve is the kind of person any group would treasure. Amusing, witty, imaginative, adaptable, immensely modest, skilled in every aspect of production, untiring, uncomplaining, the first to learn his lines, build the sets, suggest productions, and sort out problems.
Among her family and professional commitments Kate still manages participation in dramatic activities, appearing in a range of productions, as a major cast member in plays and as a group and individual performer in our variety shows. A skilled raconteur with a profusion of real-life experiences to regale us at appropriate social moments.
A born organiser, an ideas man and a driving force. Uses his business world skills to our advantage. Occasionally needs feet re-attached to the ground but takes all ribbing in good part. A whizz at securing finance and dependable in performance, often playing the villain. Well connected – thus a surprising message of support from Stephen Fry at opening of one production.
Whether it be front, back, under or above stage, we count ourselves lucky that in Jackie we have the perfect volunteer. Ticket sales, publicity, refreshment provider, venue booker, talented actress (including roles as back or front of cow) nursemaid, supportive friend, Jackie fills all positions with the greatest modesty.
June is a group stalwart. Good with words, and supportive of new ideas she can be relied upon to get behind a production and will turn her hand to anything and get on with it. She undertakes much of the background research, PR and publicity.
What a bonus for the community when Mary arrived. Once we had breached her modesty, we discovered a person of wise judgement, integrity and efficiency. A committed thespian whose range of experience is still being wheedled from her. Conveniently, her admission of life as a former Group secretary led to a speedy election to that post with us.
Spotted in her church choir as a talented soloist, Carol, one of our recent recruits, has also proved to be an all-round performer with hidden talents, not least as a comic. Modest and self deprecating, Carol has additionally used her many contacts in the music world to expand our membership and repertoire.