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CMTC is an adult theatrical company. Membership is open to anyone 16 and over. On occasions we will open up membership on a per show basis to under 16's - examples would be for shows like Oliver!, The Sound of Music and Fiddler on the Roof where there are many parts specifically for younger performers.
Membership fees are payable annually and a show levy, seperate to the annual membership fee, is paid by each performer for each production that they take part in. This show levy helps to fund the cost of productions.
Normal rehearsal days are Wednesdays and Thursdays. A show schedule will be provided shortly after the launch event for each show.
Rehearsals are scheduled to run from 19:45 to 22:00. Punctuality is very important and you are asked to be prompt at all rehearsals.
In the run up to a show, Sunday rehearsals are included usually in the last month ahead of the production. If you cannot make any rehearsals on the schedule, the production team should be notified as early as possible.
We usually perform our Spring show at the Elgiva Theatre in Chesham. Our autumn productions usually take place in smaller venues such as the Youth Centre or Little Theatre.
A production will usually consist of a set number of performances over a week, which will be announced at the launch night. During 'show week', there are other rehearsal and production days which the cast and crew should make themselves available for.
Typically these would be:
Get-In: This is the period of time needed to set up the theatre/venue with stage and set building, scenery, lighting and sound. Cast members are all encouraged to offer up their time to support the production team on this day.
Band Call: This often takes place the same day as the Get-In and is usually the first opportuntiy the cast have to sing with the full band/orchestra
Technical Rehearsal: This may be one or two evenings in the performance venue. It is primarily there for the technical crew to rehearse lighting, scenery and sound for the show, and is a usually quite a long rehearsal. There is always a lot of stopping and starting so a huge amount of patience is needed from all involved.
Dress Rehearsal: A full perfomance starting at the scheduled show time, in full costume, with full orchestra as if it was a live performance. There are no stoppages unless for reasons of safety.
Get-out: This is the period of time needed to break down the stage and set, scenery, clean dressing rooms and carry out any other jobs needed to clear the theatre. Cast members are all encouraged to offer up their time to support the production team on this day so we can leave the performance venue as we found it, if not better!