On Friday 4 September , 2020 the production team of " Friends for Oscars “ in cooperation with Rotary Nicosia , the Cyprus Red Cross Society – Nicosia Branch and The British High Commission organized a very pleasant event at the residence of Anthony Ashiotis (Past President of Rotary Nicosia , Script writer , Head of Production and member of the cast ) marking the official launch of our play to be held on Friday 20 November and on Wednesday 25 to Friday 27 November, 2020 at the “ Satirico “ theatre ( main stage ) in Nicosia . One of the performances ( Thursday 26 November) will in fact be streamed worldwide and hence available for viewing to everyone whether based in Cyprus or abroad . All further related details will be announced in due course . We take this opportunity to thank His Excellency The British High Commissioner Mr Stephen Lillie and his wife Mrs Denise Lillie for honoring our event with their presence and support . At this event we also had the great pleasure to have with us the President of RC Nicosia Panayiotou Charalambos and his wife Nada Panayiotou ( who is also member of the Production team and the cast ) , Cyprus Red Cross Society – Nicosia Branch officials Phylactou Demetrisand Melina Demetriou as well as our Platinum Sponsor and member of the production team Yiannos Georgiades and his lovely daughter and supporter Stephanie Bickham Distras PP of RC Nicosia Andreas N. Psaras( who kindly offered a lovely selection of wines from his Makkas winery for the event ) , our amazing Director Athena Agroti and Streaming / Film Director Savvas Hadjigeorgiou some other members of our production team ( Sossee Eskidjian , Annie Vasiliou , Mary Spyrou , Stavriana Antoniou ) as well as few other special guests and supporters and our amazing 15 member cast ( plus few extras ) ! We all had the opportunity to get to know each other ( rehearsals have commenced this week ) and despite being the hottest day ever , the evening was most pleasant and everyone had a really nice time . It was the perfect way to launch the event and once again a huge thanks to everyone who came and all those who support our play and the good cause for which it will be staged . We remind everyone that all net proceeds will go to the social welfare program ( for families in need ) of the Cyprus Red Cross Society – Nicosia Branch and we expect to raise a considerable amount of money despite the consequences of Covid 19 and readjustments we have had to make so as to fully comply with all Covid-19 measures presently in force .
" It is noted that during the performances and for the period leading to them all COVID-19 safety measures will be constantly monitored and adjusted according to the law "
Dear friends , associates, ticket holders and sponsors , Thank you for your continued support and do hope Covid days will soon be over . We do hope you are all keeping as well as possible and that we will all sooner or later be back to our normal routine . With this message , on behalf of organizers , the production/ directing team and the cast, we extend our personal regards and reassurance that all administrative and other needed steps are being taken to get the play on stage the soonest this is feasible, even though realistically speaking this may take some time yet . We are also looking into high tech solutions and possibilities that exist today and on this we will let you know more about when the time comes . Meantime , we are abiding by the safety measures in place and working behind the scenes in keeping up the momentum and looking at best possible and viable alternatives . Our costs and efforts will certainly be higher that what they were during the pre – covid days but we will get there ! In fact , “ friends for Oscars “ being a play which apart from being funny also delivers some positive messages we have no doubt it will be highly welcomed by the audience , especially bearing in mind not many ( if any) other plays are expected to be on stage, during the next few months ahead . The advantage of our play is also that it has been almost fully rehearsed and the set we need for the stage is ready and safely stored away . Due to the passage of time , we will of course need re- tune ourselves and re- start rehearsals, administrative , marketing , logistic and other actions needed many of which mean an extra cost but as said, we will get there ! We owe it to you all who have and remain by our side and also to our cast and ourselves for all the incredible hard work we have been doing to date and more to come . We also owe it to the good cause of this event where all proceeds will go to , this we must not forget . Thank you once again for your patience and support and when we are ready to go ahead we will recommence promotion of the event. Concerning sponsors, sponsors will once again receive full publicity , as once the play is rescheduled to a new date, promotion will commence minimum 2 months before such date , further to publicity given past months and which was temporarily interrupted due to Covid and this that just 10 days before the performances were to take place and after 2 months plus of regular promotion of the event via the media , posters , web site etc . Until we speak again do keep well and we will be in touch ! On behalf of “ Friends for Oscars “ , Anthony Ashiotis ( Coordinator and Head of Production )