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.
Superwoman. Working mother, magistrate and major contributor to our Group, on and off stage. An indefatigable organiser and Mrs Fixit as well as being a talented actress and an accomplished director. The Group’s effervescent chair, a team builder and a problem solver whose patience is elastic.
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.
Our reliable secretary 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’.
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.
Sue is our Girl Friday. 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.
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.
Another one who is able to direct others capably. Up for a challenge on Stage Sue is always keen to try new and different roles and has taken on and successfully delivered a wide series of roles in murder mysteries, pantomimes and more serious dramas.
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.
June shows genuine interest in, and empathy with, other people. Her enthusiasm for life is infectious. She has danced, sung, acted and increased our audiences with her wide and ever growing circle of friends, all wanting to see her succeed. She has proved herself a real trouper.
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. In addition she volunteered to fill the vacancy as treasurer, a position she has quickly mastered while remaining modest and self-deprecating.
Leoni’s enthusiasm and cheeriness, coupled often with culinary expertise, lift 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.