Welcome to the Stane Street Players website.
Stane Street Players are the local drama group for Halstead and Earls Colne. We celebrated 40 years of non-professional drama in 2015 and are proud to have put on around 120 productions in the local area.
We produce around 3 shows a year including our hugely popular pantomimes and are lucky enough to be the resident drama group at the lovely Empire Theatre in Halstead. We also perform at Earls Colne Village Hall.
What’s going on…
Well, that’s another show over! Robinson Crusoe & the Pirates by Paul Reakes has been our most successful show to date, playing to over 1200 local residents, not including the 100+ at our charity preview/dress rehearsal. An excellent script, delivered by an excellent cast and supported by a great crew back stage and front of house. To give you an idea of what is involved in our annual pantomime here are some facts about this show…
We had 30 rehearsals before you got to see it.
There were 13 people in the cast, 17 in the chorus and at least 11 in the production/support team. Plus around another 8 or 10 people involved in front of house and helping in the dressing rooms on show nights.
The 13 members of the cast have to learn (between them) 760 speeches, 12 songs, and at least 9 dances.
There are around 100 different costumes to be hired or made. Almost 50 sound cues and 20 lighting changes 12 changes of scenery And finally over 100 props to find or make!! Our next show, in May, will be Our Man in Havana by Grahame Greene, adapted by Clive Francis - see you there, but in the meantime it’s goodbye from the cast and crew of Robinson Crusoe & the Pirates! (more photos in our gallery)
We had an amazing dress rehearsal for the show last night in front of an invited audience of Foster Carers and children from Essex and some residents of a local home for the elderly. Pictures in the gallery
just saying…that’s the kind of Group we are
see you at the Panto?
Thanks to the amazing success of our production of the Vicar of Dibley we have been able to complete the workshop at the Empire – a real and tangible way to mark 40 years of the Stane Street Players