information is designed to give you an insight into the world of caods
and some idea of what's involved in belonging to one of the most successful
amateur groups in the area. New members from the age of 16, both on
stage or backstage, are always welcome, but please consider all the
information and be aware of the commitment required.
"treading the boards" isn't for you, then perhaps you could
join caods as a non-acting member.
We are always looking for members to assist backstage with scenery,
costumes etc. and welcome everyone. Perhaps making tea is your forte
- that is greatly appreciated too! You will receive regular updates
via newsletters and also be eligible to reduced prices for any workshops
that are run during the membership year.
It's also a good way to stay in touch with the society if taking a break
society currently performs two shows a year (each of six performances,
including a Saturday matinee) at the Civic Theatre in Chelmsford at
a cost of between £27,000 and £35,000 per show. Occasionally
other fund-raising shows are staged in either the Civic theatre or other
venues in the area. There is also a wide range of social activities,
e.g. workshops, outings, fun-days, social events etc. and a newsletter
is produced regularly.
Society's financial year runs from 1st June to 31st May of the following
appearing in one or both shows in any financial year are required to
pay the full Acting Membership fee currently set at £40. Fees
are reduced by 50% for anyone still undertaking full-time study. Non-Acting
members pay £15 per financial year
is also a Show Fee, presently set at £35 for each show.
members will receive the Society's Newsletter and information on all
its activities, together with advance booking forms for all shows.Membership
forms can be downloaded from the website and once completed should be
passed to the Membership Secretary, together with the appropriate fee.
are held for all prospective cast members for every show and take place
in private in front of a selected panel including the Director, Musical
Director, Production Assistant, Dance Captain and a selected Chairman
from the caods Committee.
and libretti for each show will be made available to the cast either for
hire or purchase.
wishing to audition for a show must be either an Acting or Non-Acting member
of the Society. Auditionees for Principal roles will be expected to learn
any music and/or dialogue required for the audition(s). Auditionees for
Chorus will be expected to learn the set audition music and sometimes a
dance routine. Those wishing to audition as Dancers will be expected to
learn a set dance routine either on the day of the audition or before.
accepted into the show cast must then be full Acting members. (Non-Acting
members must upgrade their membership)
take place at the Young Generation Headquarters, Meteor Way, Chelmsford
music calls -Chorus on Wednesdays 7.45 - 10.00pm
Principals on Fridays 7.45 -10.00pm
calls are on Fridays 7.30 - 10.30pm and some Saturdays half or whole days.
calls are on Wednesdays and Fridays 7.30 - approx 10.00pm.
is a technical rehearsal on the Sunday and a dress rehearsal on the
Monday night before the opening night on the Tuesday.
cast are expected to attend all setting and revision calls AS PER THE SHOW
REHEARSAL SCHEDULE unless there is a very good reason for their absence.
e.g. holiday, illness, work etc. Any absences must be advised to the Chorus
Master or Production Assistant. If you cannot attend a setting call you
must arrange for someone to stand in for you otherwise you may not be included
in the relevant scene(s). This is IMPORTANT.
cast are expected to take their own flooring notes at the setting calls
and use them for revision calls.
rehearsal skirts are worn appropriate to the show being performed. Character
shoes and/or soft jazz shoes. No jewellery and
hair tied back.
relaxed/casual wear. Shoes appropriate to the show.
special rehearsal clothes will be advised by the Producer.
Most are hired by the Society and cast members must be prepared to make
any adjustments as directed by the Director or Wardrobe Mistress. Members
are sometimes required to provide some costumes themselves.
important to note that in addition to the show fee, cast members may also
be asked to provide:
stage shoes, any other necessary accessories. Men may also be asked to cut
their hair, or grow beards if appropriate for a particular show. Theatrical
wigs (which can be hired), stage shoes, costume jewellery, and any other
accessories as appropriate. Theatrical Make-up.
Society reserves the right to re-consider a member's suitability for
appearing in a production if it is thought that a member cannot meet
the Society's high standards of performance. They will be advised of
this and encouraged to improve; if however, they fail to do so, they
may be asked by the Committee to withdraw from a production.
applies to all cast members whether Principals, Chorus or Dancers. Audition
results and subsequent castings are provisional and dependant upon satisfactory
attendance and standards being achieved at rehearsals.
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