over the years, the Society of Arts evolved via the Arts Centre to the present charity, St. Austell Community Centre and Arts Theatre. It aims to encourage and provide such facilities as it is able in support of artistic and educational endeavour and recreation in the area. The Players are a member-group of the Centre and subject to the Centre’s Constitution and its managing body, the Executive Committee. Anyone participating in Players’ activities is required to become a Member of the Centre. Contact the Membership Secretary for information.
Having a ‘home’ at the Centre, is an enormous advantage to the Players. There is space for costume (see also Costume Hire), property and scenery storage, ready access to the theatre, free car parking and, of course, bar facilities. Being a Centre member-group, the Players are charged only for Theatre use; the costs of space for rehearsals, meetings and costume and props storage are met from members’ subscriptions.
The Players’ Committee comprises about a dozen active members, including officers – Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Publicity Officer – all elected at the AGM in April. A Vice-chairman is elected by the committee from the committee. Additional members are co-opted from time to time, usually for some special purpose. The committee is charged with safeguarding the interests of members and, as far as it is within its power, the well-being and future of the Players. It does this by upholding the Players’ and Centre’s Constitutions and seeking to provide the best-possible framework and support for Directors, actors and all other participants to give of their best and thus gain and provide most enjoyment.
There are usually four play productions each year, in March, May/June, August and November, and January 2005 saw the re-introduction of the annual Pantomime. Recent years have also seen an occasional musical in October. A single four-night run – Wednesday to Saturday – is usual, but the August play generally runs for twelve nights over two weeks. Summer Plays are chosen with the idea of attracting as many holiday visitors as possible in addition to our loyal local audience. Allowing for 8 to 10 weeks of rehearsal, involvement in the Summer play is no small commitment, especially in the holiday period.
87 Truro Road, St. Austell, Cornwall. PL25 5HJ
Booking Secretary 01726 72685