Worth braving the storms …

… to see our HMS Pinafore team in action at Dunfermline’s Carnegie Hall. Rae put it well on Facebook when she said: “Loved the show last night! What a well-drilled crew and Porter family. Everyone was clearly having a ball, and that’s what I like to see.”

Your webmaster was also in the audience for the first performance of the Society’s latest production and was very impressed. Some fine singing, excellent characterisation, and a truly amazing number of moves for everyone in the chorus numbers – he was told later that one of the apparently simpler numbers had 60 moves – but, above all, great fun on stage, which came over very clearly to the audience.

We’re deliberately not showing any pictures of the set (appropriately nautical, and with some challenging changes in level, just like a real ship of the line), or the costumes (excellent to look at and, for the crew at least, claimed to be surprisingly comfortable), because we want to encourage you to ignore the present inclement weather, and head to Portsmouth harbour, where you will enjoy some splendid entertainment!

Welcome aboard!

Did you see these guys in the Kingsgate Centre last Saturday? On stage right is Morag, our Chair; on stage left is Anne, our Finance Manager. Anne doubles as Ticket Sales Manager, so she’s the one who you need to speak to soon, to get your choice of tickets for what will be a great show! Phone our ticket hot-line on 07703 483083 or email ku.gro.ssagdnull@selastekcit.

Invitation to Venice

Our friends in Kirkcaldy G&S Society are pushing out those gondolas at the Adam Smith Theatre from Thursday 5 March to Saturday 7 March, evenings at 7.30pm plus a 2.30pm matinée on the Saturday.

Once more the show direction will be in the secure hands of Robin Ożóg, both as director and in his stage role as Don Alhambra del Bolero, pulling all the strings! Remarkably, Robin will then have played every one of the gentlemen principal parts in the opera!

Other well-kent faces from our “Meet the Stars” pages are Michael McFarlane as The Duke of Plaza-Toro, Nick Temperley as Marco Palmieri, Jack Archibald as Antonio, and Sinead Black as Fiametta, with Sharon Edgar, a loyal member of our chorus, as Vittoria.

Ask any of these friends to get you tickets, or you can buy from the Society Box Office (07870 901606), online at http://www.kirkgandss.co.uk/, or the Theatre Box Office (01592 583302). And you can see what fun they’ve been having on their Facebook page!

About to launch!

Incredible as it seems to those who started work on HMS Pinafore back in August, Show Week is now next week, with our first performance at Carnegie Hall at 7.30pm next Thursday, 20 February.

Our gallant crew – ladies as well as men – tried on their costumes on Wednesday, and were well pleased. As will you be when you buy your tickets (head for this post for how to do that) and see the brilliant overall effect on the stage – 18 orchestral players in the pit (plus Eddie, of course!), 8 dancers and 32 crew members.

 

After you’ve made that bargain purchase, take a look at our Facebook page for more pictures of our crew in rehearsal action.

Family connections for Spring

Only £5 to see Fife’s Community Orchestra  (Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society) in Dunfermline at 7.30pm on Friday 20 March at St Columba’s RC High School.

What a bargain! Varied programme: a Mozart Horn Concerto; a specially commissioned Concerto for Orchestra by John Gourlay (oboist in our HMS Pinafore orchestra) plus other music to showcase the instrument families within the large orchestra. More details if you click the image.

Ellen Patrick says it’s sounding good! (You can pay £9 a ticket for the Old Kirk of Kirkcaldy concert on Sunday 22 March if you prefer)

A rare opportunity!

Support The Soko Fund’s work in Malawi, and enjoy a rare opportunity to hear (or even sing in!) Dvorak’s Mass in D minor conducted by John Kitchin at St Cuthbert’s Church, Edinburgh on 29 February – rehearsals 2.00–5.00pm; concert at 6.00pm. Details on the flier linked to the image.

Bunthorne’s words come to mind: “Come, walk up, and purchase with avidity, overcome your diffidence and natural timidity, tickets … should be purchased with rapidity … – Such an opportunity may not occur again!”

 

George Hutchison

Some of our older members may remember George Hutchison, who sang with the Society in the mid-1980s and directed four of our shows at the turn of the Millennium. More details at this link.

George’s funeral service at Perth Crematorium (PH1 2PE) will take place at 10.30am on Wednesday 5 February, when all friends are invited to celebrate the life of this incredible man. Bright colours are encouraged. You are warmly invited to the reception after the service at the Civil Service Club, St Leonard’s Bank, PH2 8EB.

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Our production of HMS Pinafore runs at Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline from 20–22 February 2020. Don’t forget to save the date!

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