A view from the corner

The Sorcerer, Act 2:
“Oh horrible, she’s going to adore me!”

As the deputy stage manager ‘on the book’, Alison Pendlowski, is frequently asked, “What does the show look like?” or “How is the show going?”. Click the image to read her reply. And do get in touch if you fancy being ‘on stage, but not on stage’ as part of our hard-working production team.

Fact and Fiction 5

Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society, Fife’s Community Orchestra, has two March concerts (7.30pm on Friday 22 March at Waid Academy, Anstruther and at 3.00pm on Sunday 24 March in the Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy. The concerts continue the themed title of ‘Fact and Fiction’, a season of programmes influenced by stage, screen, radio, theatre and general media, and these Spring concerts feature local violinist Alison Miller as a soloist.

The music being played includes The Yeomen of the Guard Overture, the Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saens, Autumn Leaves, some favourites from Radio 4/Home Service, The Big Country, and a work – Paragon of Vice – commissioned from a young composer, Isobel Grieve, from Inverkeithing Academy.

Tickets now on sale from Ellen Patrick, who says it is a varied programme and great fun to play! Please come and support the eight members of our orchestra for The Sorcerer who are in KOS. Further details on the poster linked to the image.

Mikado coming to the King’s Theatre

The gentlemen and ladies of Japan invite you to leave the real world behind you for a couple of hours and join them in the ‘topsy-turvy’ world of Gilbert and Sullivan!

EDGAS are performing The Mikado in the King’s Theatre Edinburgh nightly from Tuesday 12 March to Saturday 16 March, with a Saturday matinée. And there’s a fun-filled pre-show talk at 2.00pm before the Saturday matinée performance that is designed just for the under-12s – take your children/grandchildren and pay just £9 a head (including accompanying adults).

More details on the poster linked to the image, or at this link.

Calling all Pirates!

Have you noticed that our right-hand column “Next appearance” is a Pirates of Penzance Summer Singalong on Friday 21 June? “Singalong” does what it says on the tin, which is to allow everyone to participate. But you don’t have to wait until June, because you’ll be very welcome to come to the rehearsals as well – we “know the value of a kindly chorus”, as Ralph Rackstraw puts it in HMS Pinafore (next year’s main show … hint, hint!).

Our first rehearsal is at 7.30pm on Wednesday 20 March at Whitefield Day Hospital, Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline (some directions are at http://tinyurl.com/ctayy9.). Anyone who would like to sing with us is encouraged to attend this preliminary rehearsal, after which Willie Campbell, our MD for the Singalong, will be able to decide how many rehearsals are needed and when they will be, the aim being maximum enjoyment from minimum slog! Do please come along, and bring a friend – whether a tame pirate, or one of Major-General Stanley’s daughters, all will be made welcome.

What NODA thought …

Dorothy Johnstone attended our Saturday matinée and reported on behalf of NODA:

This was indeed a most innovative, imaginative production of perhaps one of the less popular G&S operettas. Normally set in the Victorian period, this production was updated to the Roaring Twenties and, whilst every principal character remained as written, each company member depicted a famous character from that era. As the curtain rose revealing a charming, colourful rural village in Ploverleigh, the guests waiting to celebrate the wedding of Aline and Alexis were not just a ‘chorus’ of villagers but 28 celebrities such as Hercule Poirot, Jeeves, Winston Churchill, Agatha Christie, Mary Pickford etc. etc. A great deal of thought must have gone in to researching and selecting the characters and the result was quite ingenious, with every cast member an individual who had a part to play. The impact of such a variety of costumes was quite stunning.

There was also a solid principal line up. Aline (Louise Thomson) and Alexis (Neil French) were a well matched couple both giving vocally strong solo performances and their voices blending beautifully in their duets. Alexis has the rather naive idea of summoning the Sorcerer, John Wellington Wells to add a ‘love at first sight’ philtre to a teapot so that all who drink the tea will fall asleep and find love with the first person they see when they awake. This inevitably led to some bizarre pairings. Nathan Dicks was a spritely, spirited Sorcerer displaying real vocal agility in his patter song. The finale of Act 1 when the spell is administered was most effective with ghosts, flames and flashes and the slow motion and lighting as people fell asleep was most atmospheric.

Robin Ożóg gave a polished performance as the upper crust Sir Marmaduke trying to hide his true feelings for the stylish Lady Sangazure (Liz Landsman) who brought some of the most comedic moments in the piece particularly in her duet with the Sorcerer himself when she falls for him. The lower class Mrs Partlet was ably played by Jan Renton. Both she and her love-sick daughter Constance (Fiona Main) maintained their Somerset accents throughout and were a good duo. Fiona’s characterisation of the spectacled, freckle-faced somewhat gauche Constance was brilliant, with great comedy timing. The love-sick Constance is suffering from unrequited love from the vicar Dr Daly and Ross Main was well suited to this part both in appearance and vocally.

As in many of the Savoy operettas, there are wonderful ensemble numbers particularly in Act 2 where the blend of voices was excellent. The choral singing throughout was full-bodied with harmonies coming through strongly.

The Sorcerer may not be one of G&S’s most well-known operettas but it is full of fun and wonderful music and this company gave credit to both the score and the script. This was certainly a most original and magical production which was extremely well directed and very well received by a most appreciative audience.

A Festival weekend

At it explains in a recent What’s On post, our friends at Kirkcaldy G&S Society are next to present a show. As with our own Sorcerer, the interpretation has been time-shifted, this time to 1968, so we can anticipate some interesting ‘flower power’ twists. We won’t “have to be contented with a tulip or lily”!

We wish all the best to the many of our members who are taking part in the production. If you want tickets, talk to Robin Ożóg –  “Such an opportunity may not occur again”!

Patience ’68

This time of year always provides a feast for the G&S enthusiast, and our friends at Kirkcaldy G&S Society are presenting Patience at the Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy from 7–9 March at 7:30pm (plus a Saturday matinée).

The interpretation has been time-shifted, so that Gilbert’s rival poets vie for the affection of the ladies as they might have done in that  ‘Summer of Love’ in 1968.

Robin Ożóg directs and also stars as Colonel Calverley, John Allen is lighting the show, and you’ll spot a number of DGASS members in the chorus. The show begins with G&S TV’s Reporter setting the scene for a festival weekend of song lyric writing and … well, come and see what transpires, wearing your old hippy gear if you wish.  Click the image for ticket ordering details.

Next appearance

Pirates singalong

Come along on Friday 21 June 2019 to enjoy our Sing-along with The Pirates of Penzance at St Margaret’s Memorial RC Church, Dunfermline.

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