Our Committee of Trustees
The society is run by the committee of St Nicolas Players who are a very friendly and easy going bunch of people. Although the day to day running and key decisions of the society are made by the committee, all members are encouraged to put forward suggestions and ideas.
The committee is elected every year at the Annual General Meeting, where the incumbent committee all resign and will either stand for re-election or step down. Any member may stand or nominate another for election and all members are entitled to vote.
George Ogden President
Although never intending to act, it didn't take long for George to take to the stage for 'Ayckbourn's Confusions' with the Brampton Players near Carlisle. From then on he was hooked appearing in farces, pantos, musicals, comedies & outdoor Shakespeare productions.
George joined St Nics 20 years ago, sat on the committee for 10 of those and became our President in 2010.
Richard Evenden Vice President
Richard has (reluctanly!) been involved with St Nics for as long as his wife Arline has.
Although he tries hard to stay in the background, he feels he has to be around to make sure she doesn't get into too much trouble!
Arline Evenden Chairman
A member of St Nics for nearly 30 years & on the committee for more than 20 of those, Arline first became involved in amateur dramatics as something to do after the birth of her first child 38 years ago.
Since then she has sung, danced, acted, directed, produced, made costumes, built sets, found props, worked front of house and generally been involved as many productions as possible
"I never cease to be amazed at the enthusiasm, innovation, all round theatrical competence and sheer guts required to take on challenging productions which St Nics display year after year."
George Ogden, President
Steve stays firmly behind the scenes for each St Nics production, only taking centre stage as chef at the annual summer barbecue.
His knowledge of technical theatre and the challenges of staging a show, mean that since he joined the society in 2009 he has been in demand for each production.
Wendy joined amateur dramatics to indulge in her love of singing and dancing, and has taken part in many musicals, Pantos and even small speaking roles in plays over the years.
Wendy has been a member of St Nics for over 20 years and during that time she has not only appeared on stage, she has worked backstage and also front of house, but it is her amazing work on the committee and as Treasurer for the past 10 years that has made her invaluable to the society.
Jules has been involved with local amateur acting or singing groups for most of her life and a member of St Nics since 2007. She has taken roles both on and off stage and derives great satisfaction from both.
Directing for St Nics for The Darling Buds Of May 2019, Old Actors Never Die (2018) & Blithe Spirit (2016) her work is recognizable by the elaborate sets and attention to detail. Always receiving rave reviews.
Jules ambition is to write a play for St Nics to perform to extend her skills and find her own voice through exploring the creative writing process.
Anne has lived in Spalding since 2007 and she first appeared in St Nic's musical 'The Likes of Us'. She was Mrs Cropley in 'The Vicar of Dibley', her first play with St Nic's and then as Kate in 'Disposing of the Body'.
Anne's background is Music Hall. She's been performing, producing & directing shows for more years than she would care to admit. She was a member of the British Music Hall Society for many years and has appeared in several Pro Am Music Hall shows in many parts of the country.
She believes the songs of yesteryear & the performers should not be forgotten and would like to continue putting on shows to help raise funds for St Nics.
Alison first got involved with amateur dramatics at 17 years old, when I
she joined The Elizabethan Centre Society, and spent her winters rehearsing for their annual pantos under the direction of Philip Bosworth. She left the area with work, had a family - acting career over!
In 2012 St Nics staged Calendar Girls andAlison bumped into Philip in town who said - "come and audition"; did she really want to get back on stage for the first time in ears and take off her clothes post 40 !!!
Well.... plenty of fantastic productions later Alison has loved being involved in all aspects of St Nics Players - both on and off stage!
Nigel's experience in the theatre goes back almost sixty years when he was first introduced to the technical side back in Birmingham and at the age of nine then made his first performance as a member of the Ralph Reader ‘Gang Shows’. His desire to go professional was knocked on the head by a very Victorian father! As a boy soprano Nigel joined his mother, who was a soloist in the Birmingham City Choir, then went on to Drama 13 in Mosley, where he learnt the art of set building and stage management and then moved on to being the ‘in house’ Stage Manager for the Old Rep Birmingham, later moving to Spain where he became a founder member of the Group ‘Dramatic Licence’ in Alicante. Following his return to Spalding in 2005 he has taken an active role in St Nics and SADOS and part of the chaperon team for Act 2. Recent acting roles include Fagin for SADOS in Oliver, Jim Trott in Vicar of Dibley, Baldrick in Blackadder & Sadoc in The Vigil.
Leads St Nicolas Brass our newest venture following the success of Brassed Off (2018)
Martin joined St Nics backstage in 2009, crewing for “The Likes Of Us”. The next year saw his very first acting part, as Third Knight in T S Eliot’s “Murder In The Cathedral”. After a spell acting and directing with SADOS, he returned to St Nics in “Disposing Of The Body” in 2014. Last year, he directed the hilarious farce “One Man, Two Guvnors”. Martin is passionate about the cause of local community theatre, and encourages local businesses and individuals to support the cause of home grown acting talent.”
Nick came to St Nics late in life with no previous experience of amateur dramatics, but for the past 14 years he has been involved in every production, either acting or directing (Bouncers, Wind in the Willows, Disposal of the Body), and has been on the committee for about a decade.
Despite being told he has a good strong singing and speaking voice, Nick has a horror of dancing, make-up and getting into costume, which makes it hard to explain why he has suffered having his head shaved, wearing an ass’s head and putting on a dress for an outdoor Shakespeare production. He calls it suffering for his art.