We are pleased to report that DGASS did particularly well this year winning the NODA Standard Programme Cup again for the third year out of four and, for the second time in our history, winning the Thomson Leng Trophy for the best show poster.
John Allen brought the cups along to the rehearsal on 31 October, both to show them off and publicly thank Martin Tarr and Fiona Main for the work that they had put in to making us successful in both competitions. Our thanks too to John, who works so tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure that things happen, and writes so much excellent copy for the programme – he fully deserves the silverware!
Potions and sorcery! Necromancy and magic! Romance, betrayal, confusion! Music, lights, action! Dunfermline Gilbert and Sullivan Society are back with Gilbert’s wit, Sullivan’s singable tunes and a little bit of sparkle in a 20’s-themed production of The Sorcerer.
This year, we are excited to welcome Fiona Main, who has sung soprano leads for the company in the past, in dual roles as our imaginative Artistic Director, and playing the part of Constance. Her husband Ross is the lonely cleric Dr Daly.
The talented cast includes popular company favourites Robin Ożóg as Sir Marmaduke Pointdextre and Liz Landsman as Lady Sangazure. Our own Jack Archibald joins them as the Notary in his second principal role. We also introduce several experienced performers new to our company. The Sorcerer himself, John Wellington Wells, Esq., will be played by Nathan Dicks. Nathan is a stalwart of Edinburgh G and S and other Edinburgh companies. Jan Renton, also from EDGASS, joins us as Mrs Parlett. We’re lucky to have superb young soprano Louise Thomson as our heroine Aline, with Neil French as her fiancé Alexis.
Eddie MacLennan returns as Musical Director leading orchestra, principals and magical chorus!
See our full cast details with its links to ‘Meet the Stars’. Come out of the February gloom and let us light up a couple of hours at the Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline, from Thursday to Saturday 21–23 February 2019.
Floor rehearsals have already started! For those who want to know “where be oi, and what be oi a-doing of”, the rehearsal schedules for principals and chorus can be downloaded from the links. Usual health warning that the schedules are open to revision as announced, and the actual documents may not be updated, so you need to keep your wits about you – beware the effect of drinking too deeply potions that have been “brewed by the vicar”!
Our friends in Edinburgh G&S are very excited to be performing this original Rock Opera, and hope you will join in this experience with them. The show is full of familiar songs, such as ‘I Don’t How to Love Him’, ‘Hosanna’, Everything’s Alright’ and of course the title song, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. Based on events from the final seven days before Christ’s Crucifixion it explores the relationship between Judas, Jesus and Mary Magdalene.
Head for the Churchill Theatre in Edinburgh for 7:30pm on 23–27 October 2018, or the 2:30pm matinée on 27 October. Tickets can be purchased through members, or by following the link to Ticketsource.
After a stunning guitar duo start to the season last Sunday, the Dunfermline Arts Guild 2018–19 series of chamber music concerts – “Music on Sundays” – follows a more traditional path on 11 November 2018, when the Roxburgh String Quartet will be playing works by Haydn, Borodin and Ravel at 7.30pm in Carnegie Hall Studio.
Ask Jean Kennedy or Martin Tarr for a personal recommendation – you can’t beat live music, and it’s great value at £11 a concert, or £45 for the season ticket that buys you the remaining five concerts! Details about the other Sunday evening concerts, which take place at Carnegie through to March, are in the linked brochure – there’s a wealth of musical talent, in a variety of ensembles and styles to suit everyone.
Please note that auditions are now being held at Whitefield on Monday 10 September and Wednesday 12 September (not 3/10 September as previously announced). Full information for auditions is on the Auditions page.