Members agreed to the creation of a new position – Production Manager. The person for this position will change for each show. It was noted that Greg Jones would act as Production Manager for the March and August shows.
Appointment of Patrons: Jarrod Cassidy and Stirling Hinchcliffe have agreed to continue as Patrons for 2017.
Proposed: Wendy Thomas Seconded: Glenda Lawrence
The appointment of the Patrons for 2017 was passed.
Wendy Thomas provided a bio on Loic Valmy who has expressed his interest in adjudicating Yarrageah in 2017. All members agreed that Loic be contacted to confirm.
The next Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday 10 April at Sandgate Hawks Football Club, Lemke Road, Taigum . Dinner available from 6pm, meeting to commence at 6.30pm. All members welcome to attend.
Meeting Closed There being no further business, the meeting was closed at 8:00pm.
Thanks for coming everybody, it’s nice to see such a good role up. As you know, everyone here on the Management Committee will be stepping down tonight, so we’re hoping to see a few enthusiastic hands go up in the air when the time comes for nominations. But before we get into that, I would like to extend a great big thankyou to each and every committee members for all their time, efforts, contributions and enthusiasm over the past year.
You’ll find when it comes to the Treasurer’s Report that our theatre group has come along quite well financially these past few years. Each of our productions have been very successful. I think we can all feel quite proud of ourselves for the high standards we’ve been able to achieve.
We began 2016 all smiles and hopes of finally finding ourselves a new home base, and the auditorium at the old Evantide site was looking very promising. Lots of meetings and negotiations came to no avail unfortunately, and the venue proved to be exactly what we are experiencing here at the Town Hall, with no storage, only limited access for rehearsals and shows, and rent rates on a par with Brisbane City Council. It was simply a choice between six of one and half a dozen of the other.
Let it be known also, that Brisbane City Council are still giving us stick about storage below downstairs. Three or four members now have load and loads of costumes and props stored at their homes. Definitely not a good arrangement. Bookings here are getting harder and harder to get. Sandgate Theatre no longer has the priority with bookings that we did in the past. In fact, our Yarrageah Drama Festival (Yarrageah meaning the start of Spring for those not aware), has been bumped out to the first week of September, a booking we have held for forty odd years, then bumped out of the second weekend as well. If it keeps up we may end up with a Christmas Drama Festival instead.
But that’s more than enough of doom and gloom. I think it’s to Sandgate Theatre’s credit that we have been able to maintain a slow but steady growth over the past few years in spite of obstacles thrown up into our path, so be proud of what we’ve all achieved.
We have an excellent programme set up for this year “Who’s on First” is just ‘ and the best. Yarrageah has attracted a lot of interest from some local high school’s drama departments, and several new junior entries have already arrived. We’re predicting that this year, Yarrageah will be bigger and better than ever. We have two great musicals this year. In August we will be presenting “Brigadoon”, a well known classic, and in November we’ll see “The Song Contest – The Almost Eurovision Experience”. Lot’s of music, lots of laughs and lots of fun.
So, when we come to assembling a new management committee tonight, let’s all be keen and eager to throw our hands up. Some of our committee are happy to be re-nominated and some are keen to stand down for a well deserved rest. Some new faces and fresh ideas are always welcome. And be assured, whether you elect to be on the committee or not, every member of Sandgate Theatre is invited to attend regular committee meetings held on the second Monday of each month, to put forward any concerns, suggestions, and any helpful ideas on how to improve our club. Sandgate Theatre has been performing for 59 years and still going strong and that’s thanks to all our members. Let’s keep going from strength to strength.