Mark Dreelan, Michael Collins (with Dawn Harvey)
Malcolm Weinberg, Michael Collins (with Dawn Harvey, Helen Sherwood, Eddie Stephens)
Carole Baynes (with Playreading Sub-committee)
In addition to those named above there are key roles performed by other members without which the group could not operate.
About the Committee
Michael Collins - Chairman
Michael joined Belmont Theatre in 1977 and has always been in the mix where there are things to be done to keep the company running smoothly. As well as looking after the interests of our existing members, Michael gets very involved in group publicity and building our theatrical sets. Despite all this, and the day-job as well, Michael has found the time to act in and direct more shows than we have space to mention here and there can't be many who have seen a Belmont show that will not recognise Michael.
Gillian Weinberg - Secretary
Gillian joined Belmont Theatre Company over 35 years ago and has been Secretary for most of those years, with a 6- year break when living in Newcastle. Having always had a love of performing on stage she has played a variety of parts, indicating her passion for comedy as a favourite genre. An all-round team player, when not on stage Gillian can be found supporting shows backstage, front of house or running box office. Gillian proudly states "It's great being part of a group of friendly and like-minded people".
Malcolm Weinberg - Treasurer
Although loosely connected with Belmont Theatre for several decades, due to wife, Gillian's involvement with the group, Malcolm only became a member this century when press-ganged, as the nearest accountant, to take up the role of Treasurer, as nobody else could be found to do it (and still can't). In 2011 he had a stint at being Co-Chairman, and also appeared in his first, and confirms "last", show, J.B. Priestley's The Linden Tree. In recent years Malcolm has spent most of his 'Belmont time' developing publicity and Box Office and interfering in any non-theatrical area where he believes his experience can help. Whilst enjoying theatre, especially Belmont productions, his main hobbies lie elsewhere: Progressive Rock music, record collecting, playing Bridge and following the (mis)fortunes of Newcastle United Football Club.
Carole Baynes - Artistic Director
Carole began her amateur stage career many moons ago as a dancer with Harrow Light Opera Company and over the years has played numerous acting and dancing roles with Belmont and other Societies. Carole is also en experienced director and choreographer. For Belmont, Carole leads a small play-reading group whose task is to select and recommend shows for the group to stage in the future as we like to plan our programme of productions two years ahead.
Helen Sherwood - general committee member
Helen has served on the committee for a few years and is noted for her willingness to volunteer for tasks and her commitment to the group. Helen used to be a member of Imperial Players, a local company that ceased to operate. When not acting on stage, Helen can often be found working on the production side of the shows, especially obtaining hard-to-get props and has also become aware of the variety of work involved in publicising productions so as to obtain full houses.
Mark Dreelan - Membership
Mark is the newest member of the Committee, having previously been a patron who wanted to become more involved in the running of the group. We've given him plenty to do; he has now taken charge of co-ordinating membership matters, is heavily involved in building our stage sets and plays a full and effective part in one of our two box office teams. Mark is never afraid to challenge the way things are done on the committee and within the group generally and his injection of energy and pragmatism is especially welcomed.