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PLEASE NOTE  OUR NEWSLETTERS HAVE MAINLY BEEN REPLACED BY MAIL CHIP EMAILS.  If you are not receiving them please let the secretary know.  

We also publish a 'Committee News' shortly after each Management Team meeting. This is to help keep members up to date with matters from the committee meetings and offer the opportunity to comment on these matters, thus feeding back responses to help guide the committee. 

Committee News Items are published below, with the latest edition at the top of the list. scroll down for previous notes.


COMMITTEE NEWS 17th July 2018

Please see below notes from  management team meeting on 17th July 2018.

Charity Concert for Crediton ELF
CODS has been asked to perform a concert for ELF on Sunday 7th October, and we need to know by Thursday 26th July who can commit to this charity event, so that we can let the organisers know whether we are able to do it. This is shortly after our main concerts, so just a brush-up rehearsal on the morning of the 7th is needed, for an hour long performance in the afternoon (starting at 3:30 p.m) at Hatherleigh. There is a sign up sheet on the board at the town hall for next rehearsal (25th), or you can register your interest to Steph by emailing devonette@hotmail.co.uk.

CODS September Concert

Carol will need help to set up the venue - St Boniface Centre - for our concert in September.  Please respond directly to Carol with offers of help. You can contact her by clicking here or emailing carol.stoyle@googlemail.com. She will need assistance during the day on the Friday, and at some time during the Saturday to re-set the room.

Set Construction

As you know, we will not be able to have Dean as our set construction leader, and we are still in need of practical help for set constructions and pre-production work for Carousel. Please do think of any friends or family who may be able to help us: we cannot create a pop-up theatre without a construction manager and full support team (as well as the support of all cast members). Please contact Anton who is the production coordinator on  antonheal@yahoo.co.uk, with offers of help or useful contacts who may be willing to lend a hand.  But especially, as stated, we are in urgent need of someone with the skills and willingness not only to lead a construction team, but also to get involved in procuring the necessary materials in advance of the get-in, and to co-ordinate deliveries to site if needed.  It’s a big ask, but we need to ask it!

Sub-Committees
We have revisited the list and we will be issuing this shortly. Please do volunteer to help in an area that is of interest to you so we can widen participation in the organisational activities of our group.Nothing that we do happens by magic!

The chair of each committee, listed below, will contact existing members to check whether they still want to contribute, but we will welcome any new members so just have a word with the chair and find out what’s involved:

 

CONCERT MUSIC – MIKE CANNING

CONCERT PRODUCTION – CAROL STOYLE

OCTOBER AND OTHER PRODUCTIONS – CATHY LAMB

SOCIAL AND FUND RAISING – BEN EDGECOMBE

PUBLICITY – GILLIAN MACKENZIE

SOCIAL MEDIA – JOSH SANDERS

SHOW SELECTION – BEN EDGECOMBE

COMMITTEE NEWS JUNE 2018

Please see the following from the last committee meeting on 26th June.

Reminder from previous meeting: Future Production roles

With the October and spring production in mind, we are looking for individuals to take on a number of roles such as Production coordinator, Set Designer, Front Of House Manager or Stage Manager. If you feel you would like to take on or even assist in any of these roles, please contact myself or any member of the committee.

Carousel

Following the questions raised by John Nash at the AGM and accusations made against some members of the committee, John was invited to meet with the committee. Following the AGM the committee were made aware of the feelings of some members who were unhappy with the way John put his arguments across. Following discussions with John it was felt that the poor relationship between John and the committee and his perceived grievances did not bode well for a harmonious production. With this in mind a vote was taken as to whether it was in the best interests of the society to continue with the existing Director. The vote was unanimous that we could not continue, and that we should request nominations for both the post of director of Carousel and the October production of A Bunch of Amateurs, these nominations to be received by Sunday July 1st.

October Production

Following the decision to postpone The Men who Marched away, which will now probably take place as part of next year’s Crediton Festival, a play by Ian Hislop “A Bunch of Amateurs” has been chosen for October. This is a very funny Comedy with a cast of 4 Women and 3 Men and is also a feature film. Auditions will take place on Monday 16th July and if anyone wants a copy of the script, please contact me. (Details at end of report). If anyone wants to take part and is unable to make this date we will consider auditioning on an alternative date.

Nikki May Workshop

Nikki May workshop, Physical Theatre, will take place on 22nd July, there are two distinct workshops: the morning will be devoted to Physicality, i.e. using the body as an acting device, what to do with your hands and feet etc. Whether you perform in plays or musicals this will be an invaluable workshop. The afternoon session is devoted to auditioning techniques, so if you want to bring along a backing track or a piece of text Nikki will guide us through the process. Please note we received a grant from the Town Council to provide these workshops and they are hugely discounted so please support them; a buffet lunch is provided and it makes for a pleasant social event, so please let Gill know if you wish to attend, so we can be certain we have enough support. It is a great opportunity to develop your skills with professional advice.

September Concert AuditionsThese will take place on Wednesday July 4th, so if you want a Solo please notify Mike Canning and have your Audition piece prepared.

Finally I would like to give my thanks to Steph Morgan for taking notes at the Committee meeting so that I can get this out to you. And if you want to talk to me about anything at all, my email address is paul.walker49@tiscali.co.uk or phone me on 01363 84642. At the end of the day, we are here to try and provide you, the members, with the society you want, so any feedback is vital to us to carry out that function. Please do not be hesitant in making your views known.

Paul Walker
Chairman

COMMITTEE NEWS May 2018

 Please see the following from the last committee meeting on 21st May

1.    Reminder from previous meeting Future Production roles
With the October and spring production in mind, we are looking for individuals to take on a number of roles such as Production coordinator, Set Designer, Front Of House Manager Stage Manager. If you feel you would like to take on or even assist in any of these roles, please contact myself or any member of the committee

2.               Tesco Bags for Help Scheme
We have been approved by Tesco Bags for help scheme, so please hold on to your blue tokens till we have the CODS bin in store and then make sure you get one to donate as often as possible.

3.             The Men Who Marched Away – Kirton 14-18

This is our October Production and there will be a workshop on Monday 11thJune 7.30 in The Town Hall providing there is sufficient support from the membership, as a minimum the production will require 5 Women 4 Men and 3 Children.

4.             Problem with e mails.
Due to changes to the data protection on emails some of us have not been receiving postings, blame Microsoft, we are working on the issue.

5.             Christmas Meal
Christmas meal 19th December at the Crediton Golf Club, get the date in your diary.

6.             Nikki May Workshop
Nikki May workshop, Physical Theatre, is now postponed till 22nd  July , please let Gill know if you wish to attend, so we can be certain we have enough support. It is a great opportunity to develop your skills with professional advice.

7.             AGM
CODS AGM Monday 18th June 7.30 in The Town Hall, Nominations for officers and committee members to Yvonne ASAP. Don’t forget we need everyone on the company to help and support the running so as we can .continue to put on great performances.

Finally I would like to give my thanks to Cathy Lamb for taking notes at the Committee meeting so that I can get this out to you.

Paul Walker
Chairman

COMMITTEE NEWS 20th April

Apologies for the delay in sending this and I promise to get the next one out much quicker, most of the meeting was spent discussing the musical and matters arising from the previous meeting.

However the following matters are worthy of your attention.

  1. Future Production roles

With the October and spring production in mind, we are looking for individuals to take on a number of roles such as Production coordinator, Set Designer, Front Of House Manager Stage Manager. If you feel you would like to take on or even assist in any of these roles, please contact myself or any member of the committee

  1. Choral Sub-Committee

The next production is our Choral Evenings in September. We are looking for people to join this sub-committee and assist with the organisation of the production as this is one of our major money raisers.

  1. The Men Who Marched Away – Kirton 14-18

This is our October Production and there will be a workshop in the near future and rehearsals will commence in June. This is a Performance which involves both Singers and Actors and anyone who wishes to be involved will be accepted. More details will be available on the web site.

  1. The following are carried over from the previous notes but are still relevant.

 

  1. Sub Committees.

We will be reviewing SUB COMMITTEES shortly ready for a robust structure involving many members; this will be in place after the next AGM. Don’t forget any member is welcome to join a sub committee , just talk to Paul or the leader of the current subcommittee.

  1. CODS Charity

We are starting to think about the charity that CODS will support after the AGM. This coming year I am suggesting we have two charities taking into account our October production commemorating the end of the First World War. For the production we would like suggestions for an appropriate charity. For every other CODS event we are looking for one encompassing Charity. If you have a suggestion for a charity to support please let me or any committee member know prior to the AGM.

  1. Social Events

Emily Killeen and Mike Palmer have both come up with suggestions for a CODS entertainers evening, so we are asking them to liase with each other on this issue and more information will follow, including our Annual BBQ.

Finally I would like to give my thanks to Cathy Lamb for taking notes at the Committee meeting so that I can get this out to you.

Paul Walker

Chairman

COMMITTEE NEWS: Tuesday 20th March 
 1. New Committee Members & Under 40’s group

We welcome Josh Saunders and Georgia Steer to the committee. They, along with Ben Edgecombe and Tasha Currie, will bring an age balance to our management team and ensure the under 40’s views are brought to the table.

We also welcome seeing the outcomes from the CODS under 40's meeting in Weatherspoons at 6-7pm on Monday 26th March. We hope there will be lots of great ideas, plans and volunteers to make them happen. If you wish to go along, talk to Ben; even if you can’t attend, also talk to Ben!

2. Future Workshops

After the good response to last year’s Nickie Mae workshop, we have booked the next one for the 2nd June, which will be focused on acting through “Song and Physicallity” - aimed at using your body and movement on stage, what to do with your hands, etc. If you wish to appear on stage, you will find these workshops will help you to become a better performer - whatever your age or experience.

More information will follow and possibly a further vocal workshop on the 22nd July. These will cost £5.00 for members and £10.00 for non-members. Please register your interest with myself or Gillian McKenzie. The fees for delegates are greatly subsidised by the grant from Crediton Town Council, so make sure you can benefit from the chance to up your skills. More details to follow but we need your commitment to attend.

Don’t forget there are bursaries available from NODA to attend theatre courses and CODS can also consider applications from members to support training. Each year, NODA has a summer school, so please look at their website and if you are interested in attending, please let us know.

3. New Store

Soon you will all have the opportunity to visit the new store and you will be able to appreciate the structural work Dean Morgan and his team have done fitting out the space. You'll understand when you see it, why we have chosen to pay an additional £55 per month for these great facilities. And my thanks to all those who assisted with the move.

4. “Get In Weekend”

A misnomer really, as it always takes longer! Many of you have already committed to Heather Barlow’s work chart but not only do we need every cast member, but also any family and friends you can rope in - even if their only skill is making tea!

5. Show Week - Child Protection Policy

We have a great bunch of kids in the show but we have to adhere to current legislation regarding Child Protection and ensure we do not put CODS or ourselves as individuals in a vulnerable situation . On the CODS website you will find our policy guidance. Please take a moment to read this and talk to Ben or myself for further clarification or any concerns.

6. Sub Committees

We will be reviewing Sub Committees shortly ready for a robust structure involving many members. This will be in place after the next AGM. Don’t forget, any member is welcome to join a sub committee - just talk to me or the leader of the current sub committee.

7. CODS Charity

We are starting to think about the charity that CODS will support after the AGM. This coming year, I am suggesting we have two charities, taking into account our October production commemorating the end of the First World War. For the October production, we would like suggestions for an appropriate charity. In addition, we are looking for one encompassing Charity for every other CODS event. If you have a suggestion for a charity to support, please let me or any committee member know prior to the AGM.

8. Social Events

Emily Killeen and Mike Palmer have both come up with the idea of a CODS entertainers evening, so we are asking them to liaise with each other on this suggestion. More information will follow, including news of our Annual BBQ.

Finally, I would like to give my thanks to Cathy Lamb for taking notes at the Committee meeting so that I could get this out to you.

Best Wishes, and to all those involved in Witchfinder: “Break A Leg”!

Paul Walker    Chairman

COMMITTEE NEWS: 20th FEBRUARY 2108

Following the recent General Meeting we have decided to try to be more communicative with the membership. I felt that the General meeting was very productive and will now become an annual fixture 6 months from the AGM so that members can air their views to the committee members and Vice Versa.

Your Committee held its most recent meeting on Tuesday 20th February and the following is a summary of the main issues discussed.

1. Data Protection

Stephanie Morgan made us aware that as a company we have to comply with new regulations [25th May 2018] and that we need to gain EVERY MEMBER’S and Friends consent to use their personal details. This will entail a new CODS email address being created and written consent to our use of their personal data. Look out for communications about this so we can continue to send messages to you. On your behalf I would like to thank Steph for all the work she put into this, she also produced a proforma which we will be issuing to everyone shortly.

2. Future Workshops

Following the success of last year’s workshops with Nikki Mae, Gillian is looking to follow these up with further workshops and also facilitate members to take part in similar events organised outside of CODS. For example NODA have a summer school which is open for anyone to apply for, (see the NODA website), and Bursaries are available to anyone who has not attended a NODA workshop before. There are workshops for anything associated with the theatre including both performing directing, script writing etc.

3. Younger Members Views

There was an unfortunate air at the General Meeting of “us and them” with regard to younger members. This is not a situation that anyone on the committee wishes to continue, so we want to create a working sub group to be formed from all those members under 40. This is a genuine attempt to get their views heard. To this end Ben and Tasha will be leading this venture.  Personally I would hope we can come up with ideas that cover all ages in the society as well as facilitating productions that younger members may wish to put forward. A proposal was put forward that we should ensure that at least 6 places are kept on the executive for members under 40, which was agreed.

4. New Store

A big thank you to all of you who have helped with this, particularly Dean Morgan, David Salter and Jo Ward who have given up their spare time to create a new store where we can put everything in it’s place and sets can be constructed, costumes stored and displayed for hire purposes etc.

5. Musical Director

Great news – Allan Fouracre has agreed to be our resident M D for our Musicals, he will also be involved with this October’s production of “The Men Who Marched Away Kirton 14-18”, CODS’ tribute to the people of Crediton and surrounding areas who sacrificed so much for us all during World War One. Watch the website for further details of this production and all the songs will be available on the website before the middle of March. Please listen to them and make your interest known to myself and Gillian if you would like to be involved in whatever capacity.

6. Carousel

We are led to believe that there is a feeling that Carousel is an old fashioned musical which will not appeal to younger members. Can I ask you to not pre-judge this show; John Nash has some very exiting ideas and has no intention of the show following the Hollywood format. He has agreed to present these ideas to you all, so look out for a Carousel workshop after Witchfinder has finished.

7. Out and About

Out and About – First Friday in the Courier will have an Arts page; we want to be on it. So look out for Mike Palmers articles which will give more details of our productions going forward.

Finally I would like to say how much of a privilege it is to serve as your Chairman, and to stress that if there is anything at all you wish to discuss; and I mean anything; please feel free to come and talk to me at rehearsals or e-mail, or phone me, I promise not bite, at least not to draw blood! CODS are there for all of us, young and old, short or tall. 2017 has been an excellent year, performance wise, and I would like 2018 to be even better if possible.

Best Wishes
Paul

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