The Committee


Lynn Perera

Chair

Hi, my name is Lynn Perera. I was an active member of The Orchard Players in my youth, regularly participating in summer shows and pantomimes.

I rejoined in March 2014 when I took part in the summer show ‘Let’s Go to the Movies’.
I am now on the committee as Membership Secretary.

My main responsibility is to issue and collect membership forms and fees. So, if you have any membership queries then please don’t hesitate to ask.

I am also one of the group’s choreographers creating dances for both adults and junior

Cheryl Burton

Vice Chair

 Vice Chairman

Have been hooked by the performing bug since the age of around 8, performing with a local brownie group, through high school with the youth club pantomimes. Moved to Sproughton in the early 80s where I got involved in plays, directing panto’s for the local youth club and then performing in panto for many years with Sproughton Players. My first panto with the Orchard Players was ‘Babes in the Wood’ as Maid Marion and have now played every role in panto (except Dame – will leave that to the boys!) and also regularly performed and directed for the gorup.  I also have a love of sewing and costume design and enjoy being involved in the wardrobe side of things. Being part of the committee I hope to represent the membership and see the group grow and evolve in the coming years.

Hazel Hole

Secretary

I joined The Orchard Players  in 1973, just after the group was formed, and have taken on a number of roles over the years.
These include directing and producing the first 3 pantomimes to be performed by the group, in 1979, 1980 and 1981.

I have also undertaken principal roles and chorus work in pantomimes and singing and dancing in the summer shows.
In fact, I have only missed performing in 3 productions in my lengthy time with the group!
I introduced my daughter to the group and she progressed from junior chorus/dancing to principal roles.

I have been a member of the Committee for about 25 years, with lengthy periods as Chairman and also as Treasurer.
For the last 5 years, I have been the Secretary which has included correspondence, minutes, general liaison with key stakeholders and, until recently, publicity and marketing.

Sue Maplestone

Treasurer

I have been involved with The Orchard Players since my daughter Lucy and son Rob became members, over 20 years ago.
I joined the committee not long after and took on the role of Treasurer in May 2000.

I also sell the tickets for both shows, at which I am responsible for ‘Front of House’ where I organise a raffle, sell programmes and ice creams.

Over the years with the help of my husband, John, we have organised quiz nights in the village hall to raise much-needed funds for the group.

Julie Wardley

Being part of the Orchard Players since 2003 and a committee member for 15 years has played a major part in my life and is like my second family.

It has been such a pleasure to see new talent of all ages join our group even for a season, and I have had the pleasure of directing and choreographing many over the years.

Although I love to act and sing and have been blessed with many roles, my true passion is creating the costumes for our summer shows and pantomimes, hence overseeing our extensive wardrobe (which we are happy to loan out to other groups).

As an older member my aim is to encourage new members to bring new ideas so as to keep the group growing in strength and performing.

 

Val Munns

I live in Bentley and am retired.

I work as a volunteer in Bentley Community Shop and as an usher at the New Wolsey Theatre.

I have been a member of The Orchard Players since 1990
I have been involved in most of the productions since then, playing roles ranging from major principal parts to small chorus parts, and also helping backstage.

I have been a committee member for much of the time, and have taken a spell as chairman and as treasurer.
I am currently on the committee and am responsible for hall booking and the website, amongst other things.

During my time with the group, I have produced and directed a number of shows, which include 4 pantomimes and 3 summer shows. Two of these have won NODA Awards.

Emma Cole

I joined The Orchard Players in May 2015 ready for the Summer Show.
Before this I hadn't even heard of the group - if it wasn't for Jenny working with my mum, I probably still wouldn't!

I had just finished a Level 4 Creative Practitioner diploma in Musical Theatre, but was unable to pursue a career in this due to several injuries and operations so was hoping to find something to fill the empty gap - which I did. I really enjoyed the Summer Show, and even Choreographed some of the dances!

After, I decided to audition for the Panto, where I was delighted to play the part of Wendy, in Peter Pan. Due to Lynn and Becky asking me so nicely, I decided to join the committee.

I feel like my experience and professional training can really add to the group, and push us forward to do some brilliant things!

Bex Nicholls

Charlea Burwood

I’ve been part of The Orchard Players since I was old enough to join the group at 9 years old, performing for the first time in A Christmas Carol. Music and signing has always been my passion, so being part of the group allows me to live that passion.
During my time with the group, I’ve been involved with almost every aspect of putting on a production, including performing in both principle and chorus roles, being part of the back stage crew, assisting with hair and makeup, choreographing for the group and, more recently, I’ve been part of the production team for both summer show and panto. 
I joined the committee in 2018 as a way of giving something back to the group that I had enjoyed being part of for so many years. Currently I co-organise publicity with the lovely Bex. I have also helped to organise our involvement in local fun days, been part of fundraising efforts, completed membership surverys and other general commitee tasks. I’ve so enjoyed seeing the group change, evolve and improve over the years and it’s a pleasure to now be involved in helping to develop the group by being part of the committee. 

Molly Griffin

Judi Burwood

I joined the Orchard Players in 2000, initially to have some space and time out from a busy working and family life. Over the years as my children got older they also joined the group as did my husband who provided backstage support for a number of shows. A testimony to the family approach within the group.

I was drawn to the group as I’d always been involved in music in some way or another since my school years. Over the years I have undertaken chorus as well as solo/principal roles and now more recently find myself in charge of backstage where I still can’t resist the urge to join in and sing!

This is my second stint on the committee undertaking the lead for child protection. As a group we are committed to providing a safe environment where everyone can enjoy themselves and thrive.

There’s drama both onstage and off, but it’s fun and it’s lovely to be a part of the group.