Fundraising to improve stage at St Alban’s

September 30 2016

Popular amateur theatre group, St Alban’s Players, are fundraising for a new stage apron for St Alban's Church Hall. The apron, which is part of the stage that extends out towards the audience, which will cost approximately £6,500 to replace.

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Popular amateur theatre group, St Alban’s Players, are fundraising for a new stage apron for St Alban's Church Hall. The apron, which is part of the stage that extends out towards the audience, which will cost approximately £6,500 to replace.

St Alban’s Players, who have been producing award-winning amateur theatre in Westbury Park since 1973, have evolved from a small group of the St Alban’s congregation into a 50 plus member theatre group hailing from across the Bristol area. One constant has been the main rehearsal and performance space - the Church Hall at St Alban’s on Bayswater Avenue.

The Stage and Hall have been refurbished over the years, including new chairs for performances and new curtains in recent years. The Stage Apron - the part of the stage that sits in front of the curtain, closest to the audience - was constructed by members of St Alban’s Players over 30 years ago. In addition to extending the stage, it has a trap door on one end and provides an unsecured storage space, which is very heavy to move or dismantle, and limits the flexibility of productions that the group can put on.

Publicity Officer, Pamela Moline said: “We would like to invest in a modular system to replace this apron. The design we are hoping to build with provide several secure sections for storage, allow flexibility of trap door positioning and, best of all, be constructed in such a way that it can easily be moved around, allowing us to be more creative in production set design.

“We have our work cut out for us, but we are excited about the challenge and know it will be worth it!”

Several fundraising events are being planned to support the investment plans. The first one took place in September with an extra show of the theatre group’s award-winning production of Jimmie Chinn's play 'Interior Designs'. St Alban’s Players won the All England Theatre Festival of One Act Plays with this production and went on to represent England in the British final in July.

New members and friends would be welcome at this friendly group which is open to amateur actors of all ages and even boasts some multi-generational families. St Alban’s Players are also hoping to attract some benefactors to St Alban’s, which could really help the group raising the finance for the new stage apron. Benefactors pay £100 each year and in return receive two free tickets to productions twice a year plus a copy of their magazine, Greasepaint.

Their next production is ‘Sleeping Beauty’, adapted by local playwright, Ben Crocker, on November 24-26.

To find out more email stalbansplayers@gmail.com .