The 51st Annual General Meeting of the Dunfermline Gilbert and Sullivan Society was held on Wednesday 19 May 2021. Because of the coronavirus lock-down, the meeting was conducted on-line by Zoom, and 22 current members successfully logged in.
The Finance Manager’s report, having been circulated before the meeting, was discussed and accepted, the Chair’s report (which will be circulated to members) was discussed, and the Management Committee proposal that the annual subscription remain at £120 (£10/month by standing order) was accepted unanimously with one abstention.
The forthcoming Zoom production of The Mikado was discussed. The March Zoom pantomime, The Merryman and His Maid, written by Robin Ożóg, was widely regarded as being highly successful. The invaluable contributions to both productions of Robin Ożóg (Director), Willie Campbell (Musical Director) and Martin Tarr (Technical Manager) were acknowledged by all. The Wednesday Social evenings, each rounded off by one of Robin’s quizzes, have been much appreciated by participants.
It was hoped that the 2022 production of The Pirates of Penzance would go ahead as planned, but it was acknowledged that there is still uncertainty about likely restrictions associated with the pandemic. [It has since been necessary to postpone the production till 2023. A semi-staged performance of Princess Ida is being undertaken instead.]
The Chairman (Morag Riley), Finance and Ticket Sales Manager (Anne Dolbear) and Programme Manager (John Allen) were re-elected, and Mark Cecil re-appointed as Accounts Examiner.
The 50th Annual General Meeting of the Dunfermline Gilbert and Sullivan Society was held on Wednesday 13 May 2020. Because of the coronavirus lock-down, the meeting was conducted on-line by Zoom, and 29 members successfully logged in.
The Finance Manager’s report, having been circulated before the meeting, was discussed and accepted, the Chair’s report (which will be circulated to members) was discussed, and the Management Committee proposal that the annual subscription remain at £120 (£10/month by standing order) was accepted unanimously.
The postponement of the June concert version of The Mikado was noted with regret, and the prospects and practicalities of casting, rehearsing and staging The Pirates of Penzance in February 2021 were debated at some length, but no firm decisions could be taken in view of the uncertainties associated with Government regulations to control the pandemic. Members were assured that the Committee were continuing their discussions and would keep members informed.
The Vice Chairman (Mike Pendlowski), Administration Manager (Ellen Patrick), Publicity Manager (Geoff Strong) and Social and Fund-Raising Manager (Sinead Black ) were re-elected, and Mark Cecil re-appointed as Accounts Examiner.
The dates for auditions are:
- Thursday 16 September, from 6.30pm at Rae Macintosh, 41 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh
- Sunday 19 September, from 6.30pm at 28 Woodmill Terrace, Dunfermline
- Thursday 23 September, from 6.30pm – location to be determined by demand
Book your slot by emailing ku.gro.ssagdnull@snoitidua, saying what part(s) you would like to audition for, and your preferences for date/location/time.
Based on the rehearsals so far, our trip to Castle Adamant is going to be fun for everyone involved. For those who would like to play a principal part, the dates for auditions will shortly be announced, but the linked list will tell you what to prepare, both music and dialogue. Hearken to Rae’s “strict command”!
A very few of our older members will remember Music and Movement, a BBC schools radio series that (I’m reliably informed) ran for 35 years until 1969. As it says elsewhere “an important aspect of the primary school curriculum was exercise and coordination”. What is true for wee ones is just as true for those of maturer years who want to give of our best for the forthcoming show!
So that we can better link Music with Movement, Rae’s plan is to start on the floor earlier in the season than has been our practice, and to rehearse music and actions together. The starting date for this is Wednesday 15 September, when we will start work on the Opening Chorus of Act 1. If you can learn the words by then, so much the better. And don’t forget to continue to “search throughout the panorama” for anyone who might be persauded to join our ranks for some weekly G&S fun.
A great time was had by everyone who came along to the first rehearsal for our semi-staged production of Princess Ida, but we’re still at the early stages, so we will be welcoming new or returning singers at 7.30pm on every Wednesday in September. Please remember that we are now meeting at Limekilns Parish Church and, before you set out, read this linked document for guidance on what we’ve done to keep you safe and the part you’ve to play.
More about our plans for a semi-staged production of Princess Ida below, but do please come along to Limekilns Parish Church at 7.30pm on Wednesday 25 August. Do bring a friend, and, before you set out, please read this linked document for guidance on what we’ve done to keep you safe and the part you’ve to play.