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According to our Archives, ALPs and its forerunners are 50 years old! The first recorded production, by Jenny and Alan Sach, was Treasure Hunt in early 1969, which was presented in Horningsham Village Hall. Once the group was able to move into the Athenaeum, it became the Athenaeum Players and remained steadfastly so until the Athenaeum went into liquidation in the late 1990s. Membership fluctuated but the core was faithful.
A look back at those first 25 years shows a variety of traditional plays, but in 1981 there was the much acclaimed and sell-
Originally the Players had a faithful band of Patrons & Friends, most of whom have now morphed into the Friends of the Athenaeum. Our original president was Lord Weymouth, now Lord Bath, and our founding benefactors/members were Eustace Middleton and Michael Upsall of Warminster’s Middleton & Upsall firm of Solicitors.
1994 marked Adela Forestier-
The last twenty years have widened our scope; social media brings in new talent from around the area, and stage and lighting equipment have been upgraded in the theatre. ALPs members attend courses often by practitioners of the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) and have been frequently nominated for one of the prestigious NODA awards. We have branched into successful productions of Shakespeare, notably Graham Thomas’ clever 2015 adaptation of Macbeth, sponsored in part by the RSC which also supported our 2016 The Taming of the Shrew. On the lighter side, our reproductions of popular TV series like The Vicar of Dibley, ’Allo ‘Allo!, Dad’s Army, Yes Prime Minister and Fawlty Towers have brought us full circle with this Blackadder II.
The Players are a faithful lot -
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