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 …

50th AGM – remotely!

Those of you who are paid-up members of the Dunfermline Gilbert and Sullivan Society should have already received notice by email that the 50th Annual General Meeting of the Society will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 13 May 2020. Given the present lock-down situation this will take place using the Zoom platform. An agenda will be sent out in advance of the meeting, and John Allen will send you an email invitation with a link to the meeting.

If you have not received this email notice, but are entitled to attend this virtual meeting, you need to contact Ellen (ku.gro.ssagdnull@nelle), so she can add you to John’s list. [If Zoom is new to you, you might find this introduction of help]

At the meeting, the Vice Chair (Mike Pendlowski), Administration Manager (Ellen Patrick), Social and Fundraising Manager (Sinead Black) and Publicity Manager (Geoff Strong) will retire by rotation. The current post-holders are available for possible re-election. Nominations (with the nominees’ consents) for all four posts are invited.

Mikado on hold …

Because of advice in relation to Covid-19, the decision has been taken to postpone the 50th Anniversary Mikado Concert, scheduled for Friday 19 June in Limekilns Parish Church. Watch our Home Page for further announcements.

Meantime, there will be no rehearsals, and the rehearsal planned for Wednesday 18 March has been cancelled – please pass on the message to anyone who might have been planning to attend.

50 Glorious Years!

No, not for the Society quite yet, but 50 years on the stage for our founder member Robin Ożóg. Robin is pictured here receiving his 50th Year Award from NODA Scotland Councillor, Stuart McCue-Dick.

Admittedly “that happened some time ago”, to quote Nanki-Poo – it was reported on in the November NODA magazine at this link, and we missed it at the time – but when better to catch up than on Frederic’s 41st birthday? After all, that was a role that Robin played in Dunfermline way back in 1974.

Next week Robin will be playing the part of Don Alhambra with Kirkcaldy Gilbert & Sullivan Society in The Gondoliers. NODA tells us that this will be his 122nd show; our own programme reveals that it also marks what must be a record, for Robin will then have played every single male principal part in the opera, from tenor to baritone, and romantic lead to ‘undertaker’, via a certain “Castilian hidalgo of ninety-five quarterings”! Well done, Robin, on this richly-deserved recognition of your contribution to amateur theatre.

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Mikado in concert 2020

Sorry that our planned concert version of The Mikado at Limekilns Parish Church on Friday 19 June 2020 has had to be postponed – another COVID-19 casualty!

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