A message from our chair

Hello everybody. I haven’t been in touch for a while, so I just wanted to catch up and let you know what is going on.

Normally at this time of the year we would be well into rehearsals and starting to think about getting on the floor and beginning to find out what our director has in mind for us. Well that was then, and this is now. Whatever ‘normal’ is I’m not sure. It certainly isn’t anything that we know.

However, as many of you will know we haven’t been idle during our enforced stand-down. For the past few months we have had regular Zoom meetings, singing through a variety of G&S classics. We’ve also discovered that W S Gilbert did more than write librettos. He also wrote a  number of plays, one of which we performed recently.

We have a few more things in the pipeline, but more of that later.

Now I know that Zooming isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and not everyone can or wants to take part in these sessions. If there was something else we could do, then we would, but right now we just can’t. No one knows how long this will last.

So for the time being, just keep on singing whenever and wherever you can. And above all else, stay safe and keep well.

Morag

Update on Society plans

As many of you will have read, all ONFife theatres will remain closed until at least April/May 2021, and it will probably take a while for some of our audience to feel confident about going to theatres again. The Management Committee has therefore taken the decision to postpone The Pirates of Penzance until February 2022, given the seasonal commitments of many who might be involved. Auditions will take place in March 2021, and details notified nearer the time. We also intend to perform  a concert version of The Mikado in June 2021.

To keep us all in touch, we are intending to have a series of social events, on-line and in person (once it’s feasible). The first of these will be a Zoom Mikado sing-song on Wednesday 17 June at 7.30pm.

Other suggestions include quizzes, a socially-distanced walk and G&S speakers. Let us have your good ideas! As well as our regular members, auditionees, lapsed members and potential members will be welcome!

It would be lovely if members were prepared to continue to pay as much of their subscriptions as possible throughout this difficult time as the Society continues to have some outgoings.

We shall be prepared to respond to any changes in the COVID-19 situation that will let us get together safely.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on 17 June!

Going ahead … a year late!

ONFife having announced that their theatres (Carnegie Hall, Adam Smith Theatre, Lochgelly Centre and Rothes Halls) will remain closed until at least April/May 2021, we have decided to postpone our special anniversary production of The Pirates of Penzance until February 2022, so the Carnegie Hall has been booked for Thursday to Saturday 17–19 February 2022.

We are also planning to perform our postponed concert version of The Mikado in June 2021. Between now and when we are next able to rehearse together, members will continue to keep in touch, and to keep G&S alive in West Fife, by appropriately COVID-compliant means!

Fancy a part?

If you would like to audition for one of the principal parts in The Pirates of Penzance, please follow our usual practice by letting the Vice Chair (Mike Pendlowski) know. He is happy for you to contact him by email, phone or text (moc.sulp.ikswoldnepnull@ekim, or 07525 920728).

It is envisaged that those wishing to audition for a particular role/roles will record a video of the audition pieces for consideration by the audition panel. We shall probably arrange a Zoom call involving Rae Lamond, our director, before that so that the proposed procedure can be explained in more detail. We shall provide the link to those interested.

Get practising …

As was explained at last Wednesday’s AGM, we don’t yet know exactly when or how the auditions for principal parts for our next production will take place – although our target is for this to happen in June – but we now have some notes prepared by Rae and Eddie that will help you “get your act into gear”, so to speak. Choose from the parts on offer at this link, and start working now. It will also help you deal with the coronavirus blues!

Somebody’s birthday?

This is the question that Don Alhambra asks in Act 1 of The Gondoliers, and gets the unexpected reply that it’s everybody’s birthday, this “curious coincidence” being explained by the fact that the two couples have just been married!

Today is the Society’s 50th birthday – as you’ll read at this link, DGASS was formed at a public meeting held on Wednesday, 13 May 1970. And today would also have been Sir Arthur Sullivan’s birthday – Radio 3 remembered this year, and played the music for one of the tableaux for his 1897 Victoria and Merrie England – though sadly he died in 1900.

Funny sort of birthday it will be, given the current epidemic, but at least we’ll get a chance to meet on-line, and perhaps raise a glass to the continuing prosperity of the Society!

Progress on Pirates

We are delighted to announce that Rae Lamond has accepted the invitation to direct our production of The Pirates of Penzance which is planned for Thursday 11 – Saturday 13 February 2021.

This appointment will allow us to go full steam ahead unless Government advice indicates that it should be otherwise!

Rae and Eddie are already thinking about auditions, which will take place earlier than has been the case in recent seasons and will probably be via an on-line platform. [Details of the audition pieces have been posted at this link] We also intend to start ‘note-bashing’ in August even if we cannot get together in person by then!

PS: On 26 May we posted this invitation to those interested in being considered for a principal part to make contact …

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The Pirates of Penzance 2022

Although we plan to present a concert version of The Mikado in 2021, our next show on stage in the Carnegie Hall will be The Pirates of Penzance from Thursday to Saturday 17–19 February 2022!

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