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  • Writer's pictureDave Brolly


Firstly, thank you for doing me the honour of electing me as your Chair for a third term of office. I will work hard for you in the year ahead and know you will continue to make me proud. In addition, I take this opportunity to congratulate all our worthy award winners again, wow you all so deserved your awards, very well done. I was delighted to announce at our AGM that our much-missed Ray Bartlett, who died last year, had named CUDOS as a beneficiary in his will. Thank you Ray, your generous bequest means the world to us and we will take our time to ensure we make very wise use of this significant sum of money, along with the great memorabilia and costumes that are already in our costume store. Rehearsals are underway for our play, Lend Me a Tenor, very ably directed by Helen Wickens. Make sure you get your tickets in plenty of time as this very funny play is sure to sell out quickly. You are guaranteed a great night out. Well done to all those who were successful at auditions and commiserations with those who lost out. You gave those of us on the audition panel some very tough choices. Your new committee is meeting very soon and will be planning our social get togethers, alongside our future productions calendar. Further news of all these in our next newsletter. I hope you all enjoyed a happy and peaceful Easter break, wherever you were and whatever the weather was like, as we’ve certainly had more than our fair share of rain over these last months! Take care everyone. Dendyxx


This was well attended and we enjoyed catching up with friends over drinks and nibbles at the end. Robbie Hyde-Smith is to stand as President for a further year.

Chairman. Dendy Harris

Vice Chairman. Ann Brolly

Treasurer.  Dave Brolly

Minutes Secretary Angie Eason

Correspondence Sec.   Wendy Elliott

Committee Charmaine Bray

Fred Broom

Taya Bray

Lucy Singleton


Audrey Stokes. Ian Wickens

Neill McClintock Lucy Bond

Ruth Pountney. Rosemary Williams

Rising Star Maggie Singleton

Colin Miller - Music Fred Broom


Membership/Patrons fees are now due:


Family £50

Individual £25

Junior £10


Vice president £32

Individual £8

Couples £13

Business £20

Fees can be paid by card at rehearsals, by BACS (preferred), to Wendy or sent to Dave Brolly, Treetops, 31 East Street, Crewkerne TA18 7AG

Bank Details:

Reference: Member or Patron Fee

Account No 69629862

SortCode 30-98-97

PLAY-LENDMEATENOR- 12th - 15th June Victoria Hall Cast:

Max Keith Allington

Saunders. Rob Elliott-Judge

Tito. Fred Broom

BellHop. Oliver Pyle-Santini

Maria. Charmaine Bray

Julia.  Angie Eason

Maggie. Taya Bray

Diana. Chantelle Souttar


Price £10 Concession £8

There is a SPECIAL OFFER of 2 tickets for £15 on Wednesday 12th June (these are only available from Wendy). Tickets available from or from Wendy 0146074380

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  • Writer's pictureDave Brolly


Affiliated to the National Operatic and Dramatic Association, and Somerset Fellowship of Drama

MARCH 2024


I'm writing this as a very proud Chair of CUDOS, following our fantastic success at the David Beach Awards. Sending huge congratulations to all our many nominees & to our award winners, the full cast & backstage crew, alongside the team who brought us all together & turned Made in Dagenham into the amazing show it was. Also thank you to all of you who were in our audience, what a difference you made to us at each performance. As a group we are so lucky with the great mix of members we have, you are all a key part of everything we do, shows we put on & can all enjoy as we move forward. I'm looking forward to auditions for our next show, Lend Me A Tenor, a very funny play which I'm sure you'll enjoy. I know we have exciting times & opportunities ahead of us & am looking forward to another exciting year as we hold our AGM at the end of this month. This will give us the chance to review the past year, to celebrate all our productions & to reflect on all we've been able to do together.

I will be announcing some very special news at our AGM which I know you'll be delighted to hear. Thank you for all your support & hard work over the last year. Look forward to catching up with lots of you at our AGM. Dendy xx



A great night was had at the Awards Evening and we were delighted to bring home five awards:

Adjudicators Award - Nearly Had It All Olivia MacGregor Stephy Bussell

Congratulations to Everyone and to those who received nominations, no mean feat with the stiff competition

PLAY - LEND ME A TENOR - 12th - 15th June


Read through


To be held in the Victoria Hall at 7.30pm

There are 4 men and 4 womens parts of various ages. If you would like any further information or join the ‘TENOR’ page please contact Helen at or 07748 658722


The AGM will be held at the Victoria Hall on the 28th March 7.30 for 7.45. PEASE NOTE: We do not have access to the hall until 7.20 so please wait downstairs until the hall is free.

You may vote for the new Committee if you are: Life Member

Helen Wickens Monday 18th March Thursday 21st March

Beth Harris

Best Female

Best Chorus Musical Direction Moderators Award

Junior Members and Patrons are most welcome to come along and it will be nice to see you. At the close of meeting there is an opportunity to renew your membership and catch up with friends over a glass of wine.

There will be a draw on the night so please bring cash if you wish to buy tickets.

There are social events on the horizon so watch this space.

We have a number of members who have been poorly, in hospital or have lost loved ones. Our thoughts are with you and your families.

Vikki Dominguez Jez Smith Olivia MacGregor

Lucy Singleton

Sheena Wilkins – 79 Hermitage Street, Crewkerne TA18 8EX 07817 605789

Fully paid up Member

(paid since March 23)

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