A fun, entertaining time can be had when you are a part of CADSGATHERING at the Crookwell Memorial Hall this June long weekend will be a number of past and present members of the Crookwell Amateur Dramatic Society, known locally as CADS.
Twenty-five years ago a group of locals interested in the performing arts, met at Crookwell High School one evening to discuss the reformation of CADS, which originally had its inception back in 1950.
Like most organisations, CADS flourished in those very early years, but activity had become sporadic by the late 70’s with only one production appearing on the Memorial Hall stage between 1976 and 1986.
While it is this reformation in 1987 which has given the organisers the reason to celebrate on June 9, they will also be acknowledging the ‘golden oldies’ that pioneered CADS 62 years ago.
Those early days of the 50’s, saw stalwarts such as Moya Gay, Shirley Willis and Bill Martin, along with the 70’s generation, which included the likes of Pauline Hegarty, Brian Dennis and Gordon Schliebs, begin the CADS tradition of ‘treading the boards’ – a tradition that is being upheld today by Rhonda Cummins, Helen Campbell, Robert Bill and Richard Ferris, to name just a few of the many faces that make up the current CADS company.
From that time right up to the present day, more than three hundred people have either performed on the CADS stage or worked behind the scenes to bring entertainment to the people of Crookwell and surrounds.
Since CADS reformed in 1987, it has been in continual production, often presenting two shows a year.
From melodramas to music halls, comedies to dramas, CADS has kept local audiences entertained in all seasons consistently over a twenty-five year period.
Not content with providing quality theatre for adults, CADS has recently assumed responsibility for KAOS – Kids Acting on Stage – as part of its charter to encourage and mentor theatrical opportunities for youth.
So on the night of Saturday June 9, 2012, the Memorial Hall will be appropriately “dressed” to welcome back past and present CADwellions to celebrate, not only the birth of CADS, but also its success and the integral role it has played in the Crookwell community continuously over the last twenty-five years.
Foyer displays, a dinner replete with entertainment and a breakfast recovery, are just some of the activities being planned for the reunion. With the kids now in production rehearsal for a May show and planning already underway for the adults’ annual end of year production, the future of CADS over the next twenty-five years is looking pretty secure.
If your have been a part of the CADS story and would like to join in this celebration, please contact Rhonda Cummins (02) 48322009 for further information.
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