The Moat Club Update - 5th March 2012

Prop Search

Kill Musical and Dramatic society are putting on the one act play 'The Last Bread Pudding' next Friday. Does anyone have a bear skin rug to lend them for the play? If so please contact Laura Sheehan at laurasheeha@gmail.com or 087 2245549.

DLI Summer School

For those who have not heard, the Programme for the Drama League of Ireland’s 2012 Summer School is out on www.dli.ie. The school is residential and takes place on the fantastic campus at the University of Limerick, and every year a range of world-class tutors lead courses across a number of disciplines, alongside an equally busy, varied and exciting social programme. As the Moat Club is a member group of the DLI, a discounted rate is available for club members wishing to attend. Our own Anne Mekitarian is the Director of the School again this year. For members who haven’t been on summer school, it really is a fantastic week of learning, fun and friend-making. Lots of our members have been to the school (myself included), and any of us would be more than happy to answer any questions you have on what is involved.

Easter 1917

Many club members have contacted me offering their services in various capacities for the April production, and I will be contacting you all in the coming weeks to get you involved. We’re still looking for a fair bit of help, particularly for the build (in the lead up to Easter Sunday), and sourcing props. We are also putting together a float for the Naas Easter Parade themed around the show, with characters marching in costume, props from the show, carrying and handing out flyers and posters and so on, and generally promoting both the show and club around the town. If you would like to get involved in setting up, or being in the parade (for practical purposes, I’m not limiting this to members of cast), please let me know. In light of the great reaction we have been getting from local councillors and the relationships we are working hard to build with these bodies, it is important to show ourselves in a great light in the local community.

Charades Night

The second club charades night (held on 28th February) proved just as successful as the first. Barry/Dee/Liam/Helen’s team had a hard fought but deserved victory over Mary/Ger/Doreen/David, while Carola switched between bemused observer and efficient referee during the night. The clues came from the internet and nearly every one of them seemed to have somebody impersonating a bee somewhere down the line (usually involving pointing to backsides!), while Barry’s acrobatic attempts to portray a mermaid was a sight to behold.

The next instalment will be on Monday March 26th at 7.30pm (Venue TBC). Please feel free to bring along drinks. Rules and everything will be explained on the night. For this one, if everyone who is coming could bring along 15 clues, they will be added to the pot for use on the night. Prepare a decent mix of films, songs, books, plays, TV shows, and people to keep people guessing, and test the performers’ mime skills to the limit!

Social Media

Many members use social networking sites, and the Moat Club is active on both Facebook and Twitter (@moatclub). If you use these sites, please like/follow the Moat Club and encourage your friends to do so. Generally, these sites are updated and managed by the PR team, but the Twitter account is also used by directors of shows (if they like), and regular updates can be posted on the progress of upcoming shows. For example, at present I am also updating Twitter with developments, info, quotes, etc from #easter1917. At present, the Moat Club has 233 fans on Facebook, and is followed by 76 people on Twitter. It would be great if we could grow these numbers, as it is a great way to communicate frequently, for free, with lots of interested parties.


The Moat Club Update - 13th March 2012

Congratulations

On behalf of the Moat Club, our congratulations go to our own Michael and Padraig Broe who were recently honoured by Naas Town Council for their contribution to drama in the Naas area over many years. Well done lads!

Request for Performers/Acts

If any club members have – or know of somebody who has – a suitable act or extract, Tesco’s Community Champions are running a day long series of light entertainment on St Patrick’s Day at Tesco, Monread Rd. Any type of performance is welcome – song, dance, theatre, etc – and they are looking for pieces of about 40-50mins, to be performed at any time between 10am-5pm. All proceeds will go to a charity (to be confirmed, but probably AWARE). If you have something you would like to perform, you can contact Dave Passmore on 0868309626. Please pass on to any friends/acquaintances if you think they can help.

Postering Update

The PR team are always looking for more people to give a hand with putting up posters for Club shows, especially in the areas outside/surrounding Naas. If you can help, even just occasionally, please get in touch with Pat Keaveny, Club PRO. Pat: patkeaveny@gmail.com / 0852889934


The Moat Club Update - 20th March 2012

Easter 1917 – Some Updates

· Set Build We will be building the set over the days leading up to Easter – Good Friday being one day we hope to get a lot done – and painting/dressing in the following days. If you are available to help, please get in touch with me. Note: set build would ordinarily take place beginning Easter Sunday, but the Easter Craft Fair will take place these days.

· Extracts Keep an eye out over the next while for details of extract(s) from the play we will be performing in the run up to opening.

· Foyer Display The PR team hope to put together a display in the foyer in the lead up to, and during the run of, the show themed along the lines of “Naas and the Easter Rising”. They have already press released a call for submissions from local people, so if you have anything of interest, please get in touch with the PR Team. They are not looking for items of monetary value, but rather photographs, articles (contemporary or historical) and so on. It would be great to have a really interesting display in place – the attached Press Release has more details.

· Panel Discussion The team are also putting together a pre-show talk on the Thursday of the show (19th April) to tap into interest there may be in the historical themes and setting of the play. The panel is likely to feature myself, local historians and authors. If you would like to get involved in this – be on the panel, pose a question, etc. can you get in touch with Eilish Rafferty eilishr@hotmail.com, 0879174360.


Easter Parade

The Club has committed to participating in the Easter Parade on Easter Sunday 8th April in Naas, themed for ‘Easter 1917’. We really need this float to look impressive, as we are showing ourselves off to the whole town. I am co-ordinating the float due to its relation with the upcoming production. If you can get involved, please get in touch with me. We are looking for as many people as possible to march in the parade, but as we need to ensure everyone is appropriately costumed, just let us know in advance so I can make sure there are costumes for everyone. We will also need a bit of help in the days leading up to the parade to get banners, etc ready. Let’s get a positive image of the Moat Club out there!


The Moat Club Update - 26th March 2012

Charades Night - Cancelled

The charades night due to take place this evening has been cancelled, and will be rescheduled for a future date.

Easter 1917 – Some Updates

· Set Build A further reminder that we need a fair few bodies over Easter weekend to help us build the set. The more people we have, the less time it will take! Let me know if you are free to help, and what days over the weekend suit. As I said last week, we hope to do a fair bit of building on Good Friday, April 6th.

· Request for Materials – You Can Help! As part of the set, we are constructing papier mache pieces so we really need the raw materials for this. Can I ask any members who can to hold onto and donate to us any newspapers, toilet/kitchen rolls (the cardboard insert obviously!) – drop them into the theatre or pass them to me if you see me.

· Extracts This looks like it will take place on Easter Monday evening in Kavanagh’s. We are still confirming the exact details, and will keep you posted, but for now hold the date.

· Foyer Display Reminder to submit anything of interest for the foyer exhibition.


Easter Parade

With only two weeks to go, we still need a number of people to volunteer for the Easter Parade float. There are over 60 clubs and businesses from the town taking part in the parade, so we need our float to be as good as possible in order to impress the thousands of people on the streets of Naas who will see us. This really is a fantastic opportunity to get ourselves seen by such a large number of people – for free – as well as being a lot of fun to take part in, so please put your name forward! If you’re new to the club, don’t be shy – it’s a great way to meet some of the members.

“A Life”

Don’t forget about the reading for “A Life”, which takes place this Friday at 8pm.

Kildare TV looking for actors - Please contact if interested

Kildare TV are producing a video for the Kildare Road Safety authority and we are looking for actors.
We need a mum and dad, a male teenager and two males in their mid twenties.
The idea is to show what happens in the lead up to a car crash. The mum & dad have a quick chat with their son then wave him off . He leaves on a bicycle without wearing a helmet. We then see two people getting into a car, the passanger is not wearing a seat belt.
There will then be shots of a fire brigade, and amublance etc ( on their way to a crash )
The mum then get a knock on the door, it is the gardai and a priest. We see her break down as she realises her son is dead.
We would need the parents & the son for about 1 hour some evening this week.
We would need the two males for about 1 hour as well.
The roles are unpaid I'm afraid.
Kind Regards
Dee
045 848848
FAO Committee Members
A reminder that the next meeting will take place on Tuesday 3rd April at 8pm.