The Miller Centre
The Miller Centre was opened in October 1977. Its aim is to provide a friendly atmosphere and a workplace where people who miss the companionship of others can find a sense of purpose by helping to run a community theatre.
Originally a church and then a school, the premises were converted to a day centre and theatre by The Park Hill Trust - a registered charity that aims to improve the quality of life for older people in retirement.
Activities are organised during the day by The Miller Centre Club and the The Miller Centre Theatre Company stages regular productions in the theatre.
The theatre has 198 seats (108 raked) and can be adapted for both proscenium arch and in the round productions. It is also used as a cinema once a month to show modern blockbusters and classic films.
The stage has a variable speed revolve and the theatre contains excellent technical equipment to enhance productions.
Other facilities include meeting rooms, a studio, a well-equipped workshop and a wardrobe department.
The centre was named after Dorothy Miller, founder of the Caterham Players in 1945.
The MIller Centre Theatre Company
Nine productions are staged each season, each running for nine performances. Rehearsals normally run for six weeks (three weeks in the Studio and three weeks in the theatre) and are usually held on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 8pm with one or two Sunday afternoons. Auditions are open to non-members although membership is required for participation in a production.
Anyone not wishing to tread the boards will find ample opportunity for involvement in a live theatre environment as all aspects of the productions are undertaken by members whether it be stage management, lighting, sound, wardrobe, set design and construction or scenery painting. Lack of experience is no barrier - our aim is for enjoyment coupled with a sense of achievement and the satisfaction of earning a good reputation with our audience.
A regular newsletter, 'On Stage', keeps members informed and new members are always welcome.
A more detailed history of the Theatre Company can be found here.
The Miller Centre Theatre Company is a registered charity (No 1044236) and is managed by a board of trustees, elected annually.
The Miller Centre Club
During the day, The Miller Centre Club is a friendly meeting place for members who have volunteered to help with the Centre and others who come along to enjoy a wide range of interests and activities.
Activities, available to Club members only, include two Book Clubs, Bridge, Miller Moviemakers, Crafts, Quilting, Painting (oil and watercolour), Scrabble, Folk Dancing, Table Tennis, Pilates, Tai Chi and Yoga. The Film Club shows films in the theatre each month and the Miller Centre Outings Club arranges frequent excursions to places of interest. Weekly, our Lunch Club offers delicious home-cooked meals and our Coffee Mornings provide excellent coffee with lively conversation.
Members are also invited to assist in the running of the theatre by helping at the Box Office during the week and providing the front-of-house personnel during the productions.
Some members prefer to assist the Wardrobe in theatrical costume making and hire or help with set construction and scenery painting.
Coffee Mornings are held every Friday at 11:00am when anyone interested in more information can meet Miller Centre Club members.
For more information and a Welcome Pack please contact the Box Office by telephone (Tel: 01883 349850) or visit weekdays between 10am and 4pm or Saturdays from 10am to 12pm.
The Miller Centre Club Committee, elected annually by the members, manages the Club.