AmDram: Play was almost a hole in one with author in the audience

The cast of Par for the Course from Stannington Players enjoying a surprise visit from the play's author, Peter Gordon, seated
The cast of Par for the Course from Stannington Players enjoying a surprise visit from the play's author, Peter Gordon, seated
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Stannington Players ‘putt’ on an above-par performance for their latest production, a comedy set on a golf course, when they found that the play’s author was in the audience.

The cast were shocked and delighted to find out that Peter Gordon was in the audience on Friday evening at the Lomas Hall in Stannington.

Peter surprised the cast after the show, had a tour of the stage and backstage and posed for photos with the actors.

Harold Moore of Stannington, who played Simon, said his feelings were: “Momentary disbelief followed by utter delight and excitement when told by our producer that the author Peter Gordon had watched the play and was to meet us on stage.

“Our faces must have been a picture! It was a thrilling experience for us all to meet Peter, a never-to-be-forgotten moment.”

Producer and director Pauline Morgan knew about the visit in advance but kept it a secret from the cast.

The Players’ next production is their pantomime, Aladdin, which takes place from December 11 to 13 at the Lomas Hall on Church Street.

Tickets from 0114 234 2176. For more information, see: http://www.stanningtonplayers.org.uk/

What’s On

Hallam ’89 Theatre Club presents Oh What A Lovely War by Joan Littlewood and Theatre Workshop at The University Drama Studio from September 18-20 at 7.30pm. Tickets £9/£7. Tel 2335333/2303718 or email david@dnhague.f9.co.uk

Splinters Theatre Group present South Pacific at The University Drama Studio from September 23-27 at 7.15pm. Tel 07767 044658 or email tickets@splinterstheatre.co.uk

NVP present Visiting Mr Green by Jeff Baron at The Library Theatre from October 1-4 at 7.30pm. Tickets £8/£7. Tel 269 8836

Ellesmere Musical Theatre Company present Show Stoppers, a musical extravaganza of stage and screen classics, at The Montgomery Theatre from October 2-4 at 7.15pm with a 2.15pm Saturday matinee. Tickets £12. Tel 236 4487 or email contact@ellesmeremtc.co.uk

Dinnington Operatic Society present Annie at The Lyric Theatre, Dinnington from October 7-11 at 7.15pm plus Saturday matinee. Tickets £9/£7.50. Tel 01909 569 340 or visit www.DinningtonOperatics.org

Tudor Players present Stepping Out by Richard Harris at The Library Theatre from October 14-18. Tickets £8/£7. Tel 285 3450 or email tickets@tudorplayers.net

Grenoside and Birley Carr Players present Allo Allo at Grenoside Community Centre in support of St Luke’s Hospice from October 22-25. Tel 2460 522

STOS Theatre Company present Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at The Lyceum from November 11-15 at 7.15pm including a 2pm Saturday matinee. Tel 2496000 or visit www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

Ecclesall Theatre Company present Star Quality by Noel Coward at Ecclesall Parish Hall, Ringinglow Road from November 18-22 at 7.30pm. Tickets £6/£4: email contactus@ecclesalltheatre.com

DEP present Life and Beth by Alan Ayckbourn at The Library Theatre from November 26-29 at 7.30pm, including a 2.30pm Saturday matinee. Tickets £8/£7. Tel 07580 470900

Tudor Players present Tom Dick and Harry by Ray and Michael Cooney at The Library Theatre from February 10-14. Tickets £8/£7. Tel 2853450 or email tickets@tudorplayers.net

Ecclesall Theatre Company present Gaslight, a Victorian thriller by Patrick Hamilton, at Ecclesall Parish Hall Ringinglow Road next February.

DEP present Last of the Summer Wine by Roy Clarke at The Library Theatre from March 25-28 at 7.30pm including a 2.30pm Saturday matinee. Tickets £8/£7. Tel 07580 470900

Ecclesall Theatre Company present Sitting Pretty, a comedy by Amy Rosenthal, at Ecclesall Parish Hall, Ringinglow Road in May.