The Moat Club Update - 4th October 2011

Table Quiz

The Moat Club Table Quiz is on this coming Wednesday, 5th October in O’Connor’s at 8pm. Do please come along for a good night, and to help raise a few quid for the club. Pat Callaghan will be asking the questions on the night. Tables of 4 cost €40, or €10 per person. Please encourage all of your friends to come along.

Front of House

The Front of House team are in need of more people to volunteer for most nights of the week, but particularly Sunday. Sundays are not the busiest day for front of house in terms of the number of shows, but there is currently an extremely small number of people available. If you are willing to be added to the Sunday list, please get in touch with Laura Sheehan. For other days, please contact Pat Callaghan and he will put you in touch with the relevant FOH co-ordinator for that day.

Arising out of the FOH Training session recently, it was noted that FOH staff must take ticket stubs from every patron entering the auditorium, to comply with fire safety. We will be placing a temporary sign by the door for shows asking patrons to wait to be seated, to give the staff a chance to ensure they can do this.

Bar Staff

The number of staff available to work behind the bar is once again too small, and more volunteers are being sought. If you would like to sign up for the bar, you should contact Kathleen in the Theatre.

PR Team

Another reminder that the PR Team are still short one member and they really need somebody else to join the team. The PR Team perform a critical role in selling our club and our shows and their current resources are spread too thinly to continue with their current level of work without at least one additional person. If you are in a position to join the team, please contact the Club PRO Pat Keaveny, or any member of the committee.

You can see and hear some of the fruits of their labour about the place at the moment for ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ with material in the local press and radio, large posters and displays in Barker & Jones, Prouts and Credit Union in progress, posters, Facebook promotions, and so on.

“Dancing at Lughnasa”

The club’s October play, “Dancing at Lughnasa” will start its run at the Moat Theatre next week. Best of luck to all cast and crew involved – and please ensure you get your tickets, if you haven’t already done so, as it is sure to prove a huge hit.

The Dress Rehearsal will take place on Sunday 9th October at 7pm and all members are welcome to attend.

Play reading Group

This week’s playreading has been moved from Sunday evening at 7pm to Monday night at 8pm. This is in order to avoid a clash with the Dancing at Lughnasa dress rehearsal to allow members to attend same. We will hold the play reading on Monday evening instead, where we will read Timberlake Wertenbaker’s “Our Country’s Good” over tea/coffee/cakes/biscuits/wine/whatever you fancy yourself.

Annual Subscriptions

Once again, can we remind you that 2011/2 subscriptions are now due if you haven’t already paid. Subscriptions are due to be paid within one month of the start of the club’s year, i.e. just about now, so if you haven’t paid your subscription yet, please arrange to do. Payment should be made to Moll Fullam, Assistant Honorary Treasurer, or any member of the committee. Moll can provide you with membership forms which you should complete so we can keep your contact details and areas of interest up to date. A membership card for the year will then be left for collection at the theatre Box Office.

“The Importance of Being Earnest”

Auditions for the festival play – directed by David Cullinane – take place on 17th October, with callback auditions on 24th October. David has sent the detailed note (attached to this email) outlining the plans for the production, and it should answer most of your questions hopefully. He has also sent on the audition pieces he plans on using on the night – which are also attached to this email. I have also placed a copy of each piece in the Theatre Box Office for members who do not receive email updates.

“Something Wicked This Way Comes”

We are still looking for more suggestions and participants for our Gothic evening at Hallowe’en (taking place on Sunday 30th October), so please get in touch if you want to help.

Moat Christmas Fair

If you know of any crafters, artists, etc who would be interested in taking a stall at the market please get in touch with Lianne O’Shea and she will forward you the email to be sent to prospective participants, which includes all the info they will need. If you are interested and available to get involved over the days of the fair (25-26 November) in any capacity – baking, set-up, entertainment, etc, please let us know.

Congratulations

A big congratulations to Moat member Sandra O’Rourke-Glynn who won the best actress award at the Ballinamore International Film Festival for her performance in “Ursula’s New Job”, by Sheila Peelo.

If you missed the film when it was premiered at the Moat, you missed a terrific performance from Sandra and the rest of the cast (most of them Moat Club members). Director Paul Sheehan would like to pass on his and Sheila’s congratulations and thanks to Sandra and all the cast and crew for their work. They are hoping to enter the film for more festivals next year so watch this space!


The Moat Club Update - 11th October 2011


“Dancing at Lughnasa”

Opens tonight at the Moat Theatre. The cast, crew and all involved have put in lots of work over the past few months, and the PR team have also done sterling work in trying to ensure there are big crowds there to enjoy it. There are some tickets available and members should make sure they snap them up in order to avoid missing out on the show!

End of Show Party

To celebrate the end of another succsfull Moat Club production we'll be having a party in the theatre this Saturday the 15th October. Once the play is over the bar in the foyer will be open and while the actors get out of their costumes and into their gladrags the social committee will be setting up table and chairs in the auditorium. Dee and Lianne will be organising a home cooked supper and there'll be music in the background to set the mood. The end of show party is open to all club members (and their partners) but anyone planning to attend for supper should give their names (and €5pp) to Dee or Lianne (or write it on the list back stage). If any cast or crew on the show would like to bring along any side dishes... (bread, salad, etc) for sharing that would be most welcome. The usual craic agus ceol will no doubt follow - so don't miss out on a great night in the club.

Play reading Group

The next outing for the play reading group will be Myles na Gopaleen’s ‘Faustus Kelly’ on Sunday 23rd October at 7pm. The play, which is full of the typical Myles/Flann wit, resets the classic tale of Faust into the Ireland of his day. A local councillor from a large national party sells his soul to a mysterious stranger in return for election as a TD. He then has to face the consequences, but in typical Myles na Gopaleen style, so does the stranger! There’ll be tea/coffee/cakes/biscuits or if you want to bring along wine or whatever you fancy, it should be a really fun read and a great evening.

PR Team

The team is still looking for that crucial additional team member, so if you are willing and able to lend your assistance, please get in touch with the club’s PRO Pat Keaveny.

Annual Subscriptions

Once again, can we remind you that 2011/2 subscriptions are now due if you haven’t already paid. Subscriptions are due to be paid within one month of the start of the club’s year, i.e. just about now, so if you haven’t paid your subscription yet, please arrange to do. Payment should be made to Moll Fullam, Assistant Honorary Treasurer, or any member of the committee. Moll can provide you with membership forms which you should complete so we can keep your contact details and areas of interest up to date. A membership card for the year will then be left for collection at the theatre Box Office.

“The Importance of Being Earnest”

Members by now should have received notification of the auditions next Monday 17th for the 2012 Festival Play, directed by David Cullinane, as well as copies of the relevant audition pieces. If anyone has any further questions, they, should get in touch with David directly.

“Something Wicked This Way Comes”

Under 3 weeks to go now and members of the public have already started buying tickets for our Halloween / Gothic themed evening. Lianne and myself have started putting together a programme of extracts from plays, poetry, novels and so forth, and if you would like to get involved in performing (reading) some of these on the night, please get in touch with us. We will also need members to volunteer to decorate the theatre on the day. There is a visiting show in during the afternoon so we need to get cracking once that finishes!

Table Quiz

We had some fine prizes on offer at the Moat Club Table Quiz last week, theatre tickets, vouchers for restaurants and shops, drinks and sweets. Everyone who was there (club members and guests) really enjoyed what was a great social night for the club and we raised nearly €500 as well.


The Moat Club Update - 18th October 2011

“Dancing at Lughnasa”

Last week’s run of Brian Friel’s classic went very well. Congratulations to all involved – cast, crew, director, PR team and the club generally. In usual Moat Club style, we saw the show off in fine fashion with a party in the theatre on the Saturday night – a big thanks to Lianne and Dee for the home cooking (and Ann Fleming for the salads!) and for putting the event together.

“The Importance of Being Earnest”

By the time you read this, the first round of auditions (last night, October 17th) will have been held – there are callback auditions next Monday 24th. Best of luck to all you auditioned, and to David in casting the festival play.

“Something Wicked This Way Comes”

Under 2 weeks to go now and members of the public have already started buying tickets for our Halloween / Gothic themed evening on 30th October. The programme is starting to take shape, and we still need volunteers to help with the readings. Expect a phonecall asking some of you to get involved over the next two weeks!

“Aladdin” – Panto 2011: Call for Chorus Volunteers

Eugene Delaney, director of this year’s panto, is still looking for volunteers to make up the chorus for the show. He has some already lined up but is looking for as many as possible. If you would like to get involved you should contact myself, or Eugene directly.

Play reading Group

The next outing for the play reading group will be Myles na Gopaleen’s ‘Faustus Kelly’ on Sunday 23rd October at 7pm.

PR Team

The team is still looking for that crucial additional team member, so if you are willing and able to lend your assistance, please get in touch with the club’s PRO Pat Keaveny.


The Moat Club Update - 24th October 2011

“The Importance of Being Earnest”

Further auditions took place over the weekend. As mentioned in David’s email late last week, there is a still a shortage of men for the play, so if this is a production you would like to appear in, you can still contact David about it and he would be delighted to hear from you. There will be further updates on the production in the coming weeks.

“Something Wicked This Way Comes”

By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes... join your fellow club members in the Theatre on 30th October at 8.30pm to celebrate Hallowe'en while we delve into a wealth of gothic literature - from the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, to the drama of Shakespeare and Marlowe to those novels which have struck fear into the hearts of generations - Dracula, Frankenstein and Jeckyll & Hyde - members will be bringing extracts of these works to life in what promises to be a great evening. There'll be finger food and wine and Hallowe'en clothing - though optional - is highly encouraged. So come along and get into the spirit of things. This event is open to the public - and tickets are €10 - members can get in free by donating a bottle of wine to be used on the night - we'd really appericiate if you could drop this wine into the box office in advance of the event - so we know if we need to buy more.

Play reading Group

We had a great laugh reading Myles na Gopaleen’s ‘Faustus Kelly’ last Sunday. We are currently putting together the plays for the next group of play readings, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know. We will be holding approximately one reading per month – generally on Sunday evenings, and they are great fun, and very interesting.

PR Team

The team is still looking for that crucial additional team member, so if you are willing and able to lend your assistance, please get in touch with the club’s PRO Pat Keaveny.