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Here is the latest update for you on our activities since the last newsletter in June.

Our next Production: dates for your diary
Auditions were held last week for the autumn production, “Waiting for Gateaux” by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood. These are the same writers who created “Dirty Dusting”. It is another comedy and will be very enjoyable.

Kate Jackson, vice president, is directing it and the cast will be as follows:
Maureen: Eileen Audas
Jackie: Carmel Rogers
Donald: Paul Baker
Raven: Veronica del Cero
Sophie: Beverley Stonehewer
Rachel Armstrong, Ruth Baldwin and Anna Clara Power will appear in an additional dance exercise scene.
Sandra Sprawson will be the producer, with Maretta Ragnarrson as the Stage Manager and Diana King, vice president, as the Prompt.

The performance dates will be Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November 2015. Full details will be circulated nearer the time.

2015 is the 40th anniversary of the International Theatre Studio. It was set up in September 1975.

We have organised a celebration party for Saturday 3 October 2015 at El Campanario Country Club. This is a beautiful venue with very good food, it is up the road behind the Diana Park Hotel.

Tickets for the party are €25.50 per person. This includes a three course dinner including a welcome glass of cava at 7 pm, dinner starts at 7.30 pm, followed by live music performed by "Stella" until midnight. Dancing is optional!

We will be sharing our ITS stories and memories, as well as displaying some materials and articles from the past. It will be a special night and we hope you will join us.

Tickets are available from Friday 4th September. Contact Carol at HomeCare in local 31B C.C. Costasol from 10 till 2pm on 952 880 630 or Maretta at Grupo Diz offices in San Pedro call 697 491 947 between 10 am and 2pm.

The ITS Treasurer, Eileen Audas and I were very proud to go to the Ayuntamiento at Benahavís to present a cheque for €2,500 to DEBRA España, helping children with butterfly skin. It was the result of our charity performance "The Lark in the Park" held on 7 June in Parque Leonora by kind permission of the Benahavís council. Printing costs were sponsored by Inmobiliaria Real Estate Luz.

Following the last newsletter in February, I would like to update you on what’s happening next for ITS. Get your diaries ready for a few nights out with a difference.

The ITS Board is sad to announce the death of Fred Wallis on 11 April 2015. Fred was our Honorary Vice President and was a member of ITS for more than 30 years.

8.30 pm at El Candil Bar in San Pedro

We will be holding auditions for a one-act play on Tuesday 28th April 2015 at El Candil Bar in San Pedro at 20:30 hrs.
The play will be performed at our annual charity event at Parque de Torre Leonora, Benahavis on Sunday 7th June 2015.

It is a comedy called the "Last Bread Pudding" by Nick Warburton. Kate Jackson, who will be looking to cast the following roles, will direct it:

Following the Committee meeting in early February I would like to update you on what's happening in the near future, there are a lot of good things going on.

7.30pm for 8pm at EL CANDIL

Dramatized from Jane Austen's novel by HELEN JEROME

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." So Jane Austen sets the backdrop for her famous novel about manners and society in 19th century England, the importance of status and class and the difficulty of finding a suitable match.

The Annual General Meeting of the International Theatre Studio will be held on Tuesday 10th March 2015, 7.30 for 8pm, at Bar El Candil, San Pedro.

2.Opening Remarks by President
3.Minutes of the last AGM
4.Matters Arising
5.President's Annual Report
6.Treasurer's Report
7.Election of Officers
8.Election of Board Members
9.Any Other Business

On completion of the meeting, members are invited to stay for refreshments, courtesy of the International Theatre Studio.
ITS Casting Spring Production

Aspiring actors are invited to attend an audition by the International Theatre Studio for its next major production.

'Side Effects' is another mischievous comedy by Eric Chappell of 'Rising
Damp' fame. It will be directed by Diana King; full length play.

Setting Of Play - The visitors' room of a convalescent home

Frank Cook, having been taken ill with a rare complaint, has been booked
into a private nursing home by his wife June for a week's respite. Whilst
there, he encounters the Reverend Paul Latimer who is recovering from a heart
transplant and whose odd behaviour is beginning to alarm his wife, Sarah.

The young, attractive Tracey might provide the answer. She is convinced
that the vicar's new heart belonged to her recently deceased lover Melvin, a
fairground "wall of death" rider. Could it be that Paul has taken on Melvin's
personality traits as well as his heart?

That would explain the swearing, the smoking, the drinking and the
clandestine canoodling with Tracey in the rose garden. Then again, perhaps he's
just suffering from the side effects of his medication? Frank, ever the
cantankerous sceptic, is delighted by the vicar's fall from grace, while June
does her best to rein in his detective work.

It features five characters –

Frank Cook, 50 or over;

June Cook, his wife, a few years younger;

Rev. Paul Latimer, 40 or over;

Sarah Latimer, his wife, same age;

Tracey, 20ish.

As ever, the director is prepared to be flexible over precise ages!

The audition is on Tuesday, February 10, at El Candil Bar, San Pedro, at 7.30pm for 8pm.

Newcomers – who will be most welcome – can contact Diana King (690 108 852), who is directing the play, for directions to the venue or any other issue.

Dates for the actual production are Friday, April 17, Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, as usual at the Atalaya Park Hotel.