CLOKS NEWSLETTER- MAY 2021
Well, it certainly is great to be back! We are all having a lot of fun preparing for our Summer showcase. We are learning new songs, new dance styles and busy learning lines for our ‘Red Riding Hood’ Courtroom drama. Our existing members have settled back into the swing of things and our new children have just been amazing! Everyone is being supportive and beautifully behaved; Saturday mornings are an absolute joy!
As per your rehearsal schedule (also available on our website) our rehearsals/recording sessions for the showcase are as follows (this is in addition to our usual Saturday morning sessions):
2.30-6.30pm- Bubble 1 and Bubble 2 (please bring a packed snack)
7pm- 9.30- Bubble 1 and 2
Friday 2nd July
Recording session 1 (Play only)- 6.pm- 7.45- Bubble 2
7.45 – 9.30- Bubble 1
Saturday 3rd July
Recording session 2 (music and dances only)
10.30-4.30pm- Bubble 1 and 2 (Please bring a snack and a packed lunch)
We will be providing costumes for the dances and the play, but everyone will need to wear black trousers/leggings and a CLOKS t shirt for the singing (These can be purchased from Barron’s, if anyone has difficulty with this request, please message me). Girls will need to wear black character shoes or black flat lace ups; boys will need plain black shoes / lace ups. (If unsure please speak to me or Jo beforehand, we do have a few spare pairs up in our costume room if anyone is struggling).
We will be recording with costumes, sound and a set and are very excited to share with you all the work we have been doing. Once our final recording has been edited, we will contact you with a link so you can watch and share with your family and friends. We will be setting up a ‘Just Giving’ page so that if you would like, you will be able to give a donation to help with our upcoming productions.
SUMMER WORKSHOP- Tuesday 27th July
We will be holding a one-day workshop/fun drama and music session on the above date. It will be in Buckland Village Hall (we may be able to help with/share lifts if you are not sure how you will get there) as there is a lovely outside space for a picnic. We will organise a fun activity in the morning and then we will play some drama games and do some singing in the afternoon. CLOKS will fund the activity but there may be a small charge to cover the cost of the venue. You will need to provide a picnic lunch, but we will provide squash/biscuits. More details to follow.
CHRISTMAS SHOW-Friday 10th and Saturday 11th December (Dress rehearsal Thursday 9th)
We have decided that after last year we all need a little magic and a lot of Christmas cheer so this year we are going all out with a show called ‘When Sasha got swept up the Chimney’ complete with elves, the Tooth Fairy, talking reindeer, a magical sleigh ride and of course the ‘Big Man’ himself. Some of you may know this show or have been in it before but we will sprinkle it with our usual CLOKS magic, and all have a ball. As usual we will be performing in Combe St Nicholas Church on the above dates, and I am very hopeful that by then the place will be packed to the rafters with our loyal and faithful audience! We will start our term and start rehearsing for this show on September 11th.
ALADDIN SUMMER 2022
We will be back to the Guildhall for a main summer production of Aladdin, and this is going to be an all singing, all dancing fiesta of music and colour! We are all very excited to come back all guns blazing, and we are already starting to think about flying carpets and all the lovely costumes and songs. We will be performing on Thursday 30th June, Friday 1st July and Saturday 2nd July (including a matinee) there will be rehearsals on Sunday 19th June, Sunday 26h June, Tuesday 28th June, Wednesday 29th June (as well as all of our usual Saturday sessions) It’s a pretty full on and tiring week but we normally find that the adrenalin and excitement of it all carries us through, and that we all end up having a fabulous time! We will hold auditions and a workshop for the show in December and rehearsals start in January.
CLOKS BLACK LOGO T. SHIRTS
All members need to have the black t-shirt with the CLOKS logo on it, if you have not already purchased one, please see Jo (one of our costume ladies) and she will help and advise.
A lot of our communication is via Facebook, but I am aware that a few people do not have access to or choose not to have Facebook. So, we will also put copies on our CLOKS website www.cloks.org.uk
Please feel free to contact me on 01460234335, Facebook, email@example.com or mobile 07743238805 if you have any questions or concerns. Please continue with communication regarding attendance at rehearsals and never be afraid to ask if you are needed on a certain date.
FEES- Summer Term April-July 2021
To keep things simple, we have decided to charge a flat fee of £50 per child for this term. This covers weekly sessions, insurance, and costume/production fee for the showcase.
Our bank details will be on the newsletter that your child brings home.
If you have any queries/problems with the fees, please private message me.
Thank you very much
Maria and the CLOKS team.
Tuesday 27th July- Buckland St Mary Village Hall 10-3pm
A morning of ‘Circus Skills’ fun followed by an afternoon of drama, music and games.
Please wear sensible clothes and shoes (no flip flops, crocs etc) and bring a packed lunch. We will provide squash and biscuits.
Cost- £5 per child (to cover venue cost) to be paid on the day.
If you are not a current member of CLOKS but would still like to come to the workshop please message/email me your details (firstname.lastname@example.org) and bring this slip with you on the day.
NAME________________________________________________________ would like to attend the above workshop.
My contact details for the day are ______________________________________ (please provide a mobile or land line number)
We have all had a lot of fun rehearsing for our showcase and it is so nice to be back together. Fingers crossed that we will be able to start as usual in September without the need for bubbles.
I hope you all have a fabulous summer and I’ll see some of you at the workshop.
Thank you all for your continued support and for allowing your lovely children to be part of CLOKS.
Best wishes to you all
Maria and the CLOKS team.
GETTING INVOLVED WITH CLOKS
I understand that this is a difficult one, especially at the moment,t but moving forward we will be in great need of parents, friends etc. becoming more involved and helping especially during show week and on our committee. A lot of the existing committee is made up of parents of children who have moved on. They are there because they love CLOKS and it has made a real difference to the lives of their children. We have youngsters who are in their mid twenties who still talk fondly of their CLOKS days/shows and friendships have been forged and continue to thrive from their time together. None of this would have been able to take place without a strong team of people willing to give up their time to help. We are incredibly lucky to have a great production team who give us great lighting, sound, props etc. but we will soon need new committee members,general helpers, front of house volunteers and chaperones during show week. Without any of the above CLOKS will simply fizzle out as the existing people hang up their hats. Please, please have a good think about this and if you want to see CLOKS continue then new people are going to have to come forward.
We held a lovely get together and informal evening back along so everyone could come along and see what CLOKS is all about, sadly another event like this is simply not going to be possible at the moment but if you are interested in becoming more involved then please just get in touch. We have such fun and we really are a big happy family. We all support each other and are totally united by wanting to reach out to help not only our own children but children from all ages and backgrounds. CLOKS has helped so many children to improve their confidence and self esteem, work as a team and of course get the thrill of being able to perform under the lights and immerse themselves in a world of total magic. Come and join our crazy team and I promise you won’t regret it.
With very best wishes from me and all the CLOKS team.