St Mark’s Church Players
At the time of writing this article I have had the sad task of having to close the “Players” bank accounts and transferring the money to the Church account. Hopefully at some time in the future we will re – start the drama club, but I thought you might be interested to hear of the donations we have made over the year.
When the Rev. John Watson became our Minister, he asked the congregation if we would like to start a drama club. He and Jennifer called a meeting in May 1990 and 22 members signed up. We started with our usual coffee morning to have some money to start us off. Our first pantomime was in February 1991. Since then we have done a panto or cabaret in November and plays in the spring. Our biggest shows were Joseph and his Technicolour Dream Coat, Godspell and Jesus Christ Superstar which were performed in the church.
As the children got a little bit older Garry wrote little shows and he and Lynne produced them in the hall. They were much enjoyed by all who came along to support the young folk.
Over the years some of our younger members went on to do different things in music, theatre and dance. It was wonderful watching them grow up and gain confidence in themselves.
From 1991 to 2018 we did 55 different shows donating over £55, 000 to the church, £1,500 to the dome fund and £1,500 to the project fund, donated the carpet and chairs when the Session room was refurbished, and £500 to Malawi. Through the years we made small donations on many occasions.
The last thing the drama did was the Christmas service in 2019. Hopefully, we will be back!