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Dartmouth players in need of help… and so is film maker

THE show must go on – and Dartmouth Players need more help to make sure the curtain goes up on productions… and a film company is looking for extras.
The Players, which has been around since 1929, performing 226 plays, musicals and pantomimes, is looking for more back-stage volunteers.
Chairman Bill Hunt said: ‘Audiences see actors, scenery, music and effects but behind all this is a backup organisation essential to bringing a production to life.
‘The group has a costume store containing over 2,500 items, including original pieces from the 1920s onwards as well as a large quantity of props, scenery and technical equipment. All this needs support people who are happy to help but do not want to go on stage.’
Mr Hunt said to put on a project like the annual pantomime, with maybe 30 people on stage, almost the same number of people were needed in back-stage support roles.
‘We are actively looking for a person to be in charge of props and scenery and another to be in charge of lighting and technical equipment,’ said Mr Hunt. ‘Both these roles would be on our management team, so the job is supervision rather than necessarily hands on.
‘We also need costume helpers, lighting and sound operators and a wide range of other tasks.
‘The more volunteers we get, the easier it will be to stage our shows.
‘It is often creative, interesting work and a chance to see behind the scenes.
‘Experience is not necessary as we have plenty of people to provide training and guidance. We are a happy group and everyone enjoys being part of a team to produce a really successful show.’
There is no annual fee and volunteers get some free tickets as well.
To get involved, visit www. dartmouthplayers.org.uk.
Meanwhile, extras are urgently needed for a short film being made in and around Dartmouth.
Director Paul Potgieter will be filming scenes in the museum later this month and some wartime sequences in early August.
The film, Grace, is based on Dartmouth’s local history and events around 1943. The story involves two families from two time periods, one holding a sinister secret from the dark days of the Second World War.
Paul said: ‘We are filming the Dartmouth Museum scenes over the weekend of July 18-19, representing a very exciting part and a real piece of Hollywood being involved in this part of the ‘discovery’ section of the film.
‘It’s taken a while to obtain the various permissions and location checks and the props department have completed the uniforms for the Second World War sequence which is being filmed in early August.
‘We still urgently need some 15 extras and these should be adults aged 30 and above to take part in the memorial service scene near Dartmouth Castle.
‘We also need some young helpers over the age of 16 who can assist crew with positioning of equipment and they can enjoy getting involved and being part of this great project for charity. ‘
The opening scene is being filmed off Little Dartmouth.

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