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Diary of a Theatre Manager – Episode 1

By Harrison Fuller

A BUSY BEGINNING…

I have only been at the Broadway for three short weeks, but they have flown by in a whirl of opening nights, dazzling lights and an ever increasingly busy diary. The aim of this blog is to give you an insight into the theatre and what we are working towards. There will be a new post each week, keeping you updated with the goings on here at The Broadway.

The three weeks have gone by quickly because they have been busy. My first task (on day one) was to find something for Christmas, and I am delighted that this year we are partnering with KD Theatre Productions to bring the traditional family pantomime Aladdin to The Broadway (oh yes we are! – I thought I’d make the joke before someone else).

Casting is currently underway and this Sunday (24th) we will be holding auditions for our chorus. Taking place at the theatre, the auditions will seek to find talent from the local area and provide an opportunity for aspiring performers to be part of a professional show.

Audition for Aladdin
Audition for Aladdin

Following in the festive theme we are currently promoting our Christmas theme party nights which are being held in the Broadway Suite. ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!’

Halloween is still a way off but my mind has already turned beyond that and to Easter 2018. Yesterday our family Easter show, The Wizard of Oz went on sale. The show is produced by our friends at KD Theatre Productions and we will be delighted to welcome them back to The Broadway.

Families and the community are a key part of what we hope to achieve here at The Broadway, and we want to be able to welcome audiences of all ages. There are a few exciting shows along that line in the pipeline, so stay tuned. In terms of community, we are welcoming local groups in the building to use our facilities and sharing our resources.

This morning I had a meeting with Darren from Wilds Lodge School. They are embarking on a project to build their own 200-seat theatre space, and it was a pleasure to welcome him and carpenter Sooty and show them our facilities and talk through possible options for the stage area. I am looking forward to seeing their project completed and visiting some of their productions in the future.

As well as the shows there are lots of things going on behind the scenes (pun intended). Next week we have a very exciting meeting with a chap who is going to help us get the 35mm projectors up and running. Once we have those fully functional, we will be looking to create some specialist cinema events. If you have any suggestions of things you would like to see, do get in contact.

The renovation of the projectors is only part of our plans to care for a building that has been part of Peterborough life for 80 years and, through our planned works, we aim to safeguard its future for generations to come.

Until next time…

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4 comments on “Diary of a Theatre Manager – Episode 1

Enjoyable and informative read. Excited about what may be ‘in the pipeline’.
Please don’t disappoint !

Entertaining.. Interesting & informative

So pleased you are going to be showing films and on real film on 35mm.How about getting a 70mm projector as well!

Our projectors can also handle 70mm – the problem is, we believe, getting hold of prints.

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