Sir Richard Collas Becomes Patron of GADOC
Since GADOC was formed in 1927, the Club has had 18 different Chair people, 47 production directors and currently has 16 honorary members. Throughout this time, with over 400 productions to our name, the Club has never had a Patron – until now.
A staunch supporter of the Arts in Guernsey, Sir Richard Collas (Bailiff 2012 to 2020), has been a dedicated supporter of the Club for many years now. He’s hardly missed a performance and is always keen to come backstage, full of praise and kind words for the production he’s just seen. Working closely with Sir Richard Collas in the summer on Curtain Up!, it became clear that he has something of a soft spot for GADOC. When we asked him why he came to GADOC with his charity event idea, he simply said ‘You were my first and only thought as to who could pull this off’. Over the rehearsal period Sir Richard visited the Rink and the theatre, including a dress rehearsal, seeing behind the scenes, and was amazed at the work that goes on to produce a show.
The committee and indeed the club members involved were very proud to be associated with Curtain Up! and very appreciative of Sir Richard’s involvement, and it was this that led to discussions surrounding a Patron for GADOC. To cut a long story short, Sir Richard was approached towards the end of 2020, and we are delighted to confirm he has graciously agreed to become GADOC’s inaugural Patron.
Sir Richard is keen to continue to support the Club in as many ways as he can, attending productions, our AGM and other events throughout the year. “I really enjoy watching live theatre. Some of my earliest memories are of GADOC pantomimes in the old Little Theatre. I have remained a fan of GADOC and was delighted to be asked to be their first ever Patron. I greatly admire their passion, commitment and the high standard of their productions. I look forward to continuing to support them in the future.”
Welcome to GADOC Sir Richard!
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Here’s how to get involved…
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Details of our revised Easter 2019 production will appear here soon.
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Lisa Johnston BEM
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Lisa has been involved with GADOC for 35 years. Her first production as director was Little Women the Musical in 2008 and her most recent was Les Misérables in 2016. She is currently working on GADOC’s Easter production for 2017, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Summer 2017 – Production News
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There are still some great opportunities next year to get involved – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Easter (auditions 2nd and 3rd September), OAPF in May, Musicals Celebration in August, One Man, Two Guvnors in October and of course the Pantomime at Christmas.
Former GADOC member cast in West End production
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One Act Play Festival
At the moment there are four definite entries for this year’s OAPF. There is still time to submit an entry.
Tickets for Les Misérables sold out within 24 hours of going on sale.