International Theatre Studio Marbella
ITS News
News from ITS
There are a few dates to give you for the coming months; these are all included in red text below.

Spring Production 2017: Peter Brooks directed “Kindly Leave the Stage” by John Chapman in early March. Karl Maresz was the producer. It was a very successful production supported by 411 people over three nights. Peter had cast old and new faces with three actors returning after a substantial gap: John Foulkes-Jones, Pam Butler and Frances Butler. Then we had two 17 year olds, Georgia Souter as “Angela” and Sophie Jessen as the prompt. It is so good to have young people involved! And topping it off we had four ITS regular performers Paul Baker, Carol Woolnoth, Carmel Rogers and Ruth Baldwin. Congratulations to all involved. Thank you to Neil and his staff at “Urban Chai “ for the fantastic meal for our cast party.

Programmes for our productions:
At our Board meeting last week we agreed to provide free programmes for our audience members for future events on a trial basis. This decision was taken because we only sold 90 copies at 1€ each even though we had large numbers attending. We think it is very important for our advertisers to have a wider circulation and it also helps to publicise ITS to a broader group. We are able to do immediately because “Time in Spain” based in Estepona Port have kindly offered to sponsor the next two programmes. Thank you to David and Martin for this generous offer. If you or a friend would like to volunteer to sponsor future programmes we would be delighted to hear from you.

The next play reading
Carol Woolnoth will be organising the next play reading on Tuesday 18th April at El Candil at 7.30 pm for an 8pm start. We will be reading “Separate Tables” by Terence Rattigan. It is part two but it does not matter if you missed part one. Please come along to read a part or to simply relax, laugh and listen. All are welcome and there is no charge for this event.

The Lark in the Park: our annual charity event
This year we will be holding our outdoor picnic and live entertainment on Sunday 4th June in the Parque Leonera in Benahavis in aid of Age Concern Estepona.

We have Martin Curd making his directing debut with “Last Tango in Benahavis” written by David Tristram. We will let you know the cast members shortly. Jamie Stonehewer has agreed to do the technical support for the event. This is an onerous daylong task for him so we are grateful for his time and expertise. Following the play, Maretta Ragnarsson has arranged for three musical acts Stella, Karen Danzig and Sam Oliver to perform for us. Carol Woolnoth is coordinating the whole event.

Entrance is by a minimum 13€ donation to the charity; details will follow nearer the time. You can bring a picnic and eat in in the lovely grounds of the park on your picnic blanket or on your picnic table and chairs. You might wish to splash out and bring a bottle of wine to eat with your smoked salmon sandwiches! Don’t forget to bring a cushion for the amphitheatre, as there are no seats as such simply concrete steps. It is a really lovely event, one not to be missed!

The Autumn Production 2017
We will be holding our autumn production in October this year, as opposed to November. This is because the hotel will be closing for renovations. As soon as we have the exact dates we will let you know.

We are delighted that we can use the Atalaya Park Hotel for our production; we did think that we would have to find a new venue this year.

Consequently, the auditions for this production will have to be held on Wednesday 12th July with rehearsals over the summer. More details about the production will be circulated once the play reading committee have chosen a play. Diana King will direct it.

Update on Membership
Eileen Audas, our treasurer and membership secretary, has done a great job of increasing our membership numbers recently as follows:
76 people with joint membership
31 people with single membership
6 people with lifetime, honorary membership

Membership is essential to ITS as it provides a small but regular income and helps to keep us solvent.

However, juggling the role of treasurer and membership secretary is a pretty heavy workload. Fortunately, Carol Woolnoth has volunteered to take on the role of membership secretary with immediate effect. Thank you Carol! Thank you to Eileen too for her superb work.

Our website
Nina, our webmaster, is doing a great job of improving our website. She is making it much easier to use it on a mobile as well as a laptop. And at the same time she is keeping the current website up-to-date! We hope to launch the new site very soon.

The most important change will be the inclusion of an online ticket booking system, which should help people to get tickets more easily.

Veronica del Cerro continues to keep our Facebook page updated. Along with Beverley Stonehewer and Ruth Baldwin she is working with Nina on what needs to change on the website and is providing vibrant images for our events. It is looking good so far, so watch this space!

Dates for your diary: future play readings
Sandra Sprawson will be leading a play reading on Thursday 11th May and Andrew Gommersall will lead one on Tuesday 12th September. Full details of these will be circulated nearer the time as usual.

I am delighted that we have so many events planned for you already and I sincerely hope that you will be able to support them. I look forward to seeing you a future event.

Best wishes