We’ve started back!

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.

We’re starting next week!

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.

A chance to sing Princess Ida

Are you one of those with fond memories of performing a semi-staged version of Princess Ida in 2012. Or did you miss out? Either way, as you’ll read in the post on our home page, there’s an opportunity to enjoy Rae’s production from the inside next February.

Details are still to be finalised, but one possibility discussed is to have a technical rehearsal on Thursday 17 February, with a dress rehearsal the next day and two performances on Saturday 19 February.

We need chorus and soloists, and this is an excellent opportunity for people new to G&S to get involved, as well as giving experienced performers the chance to participate in a fantastic operetta that’s not performed as much as the others. Ask around your musical friends and involve folk from other societies.

We will be rehearsing the music at 7.30pm on Wednesdays, starting on 25 August. Do come along to our new rehearsal venue, which is Limekilns Parish Church (8 Church Street, Limekilns KY11 3HT). You won’t have to knock on the front door, as it will be left open for ventilation!

Parking at the rear of the church is now limited, but there is plenty of parking either in front of the church or at the green on the front, access through Church Lane. If anyone is coming by public transport, we can arrange transport from Inverkeithing/Ferry Toll.

Note that you will be able to borrow a vocal score if you do not have one, and that, in common with other musical groups, we shall expect members to wear masks when moving around and to use sanitising gel. Before you come, do please read this linked document for guidance on what we’ve done to keep you safe and the part you’ve to play.

It’s a new venue, it’s a different opera, and these are strange times, but two things that won’t change are the welcome that you’ll get and the fun you’ll have.

Our next two shows

We’ve been busy so far this year putting on an on-line panto and a Zoom version of The Mikado that attracted rave reviews, as you’ll read at this link.

Our committee have also been working on plans for our next appearance on stage at Dunfermline’s Carnegie Hall. You’ll recall that our 50th anniversary production of The Pirates of Penzance couldn’t happen in 2021 for obvious reasons! Initially we anticipated just one year’s delay. However, ongoing COVID uncertainties, compounded by concerns about theatre upgrades, mean we can’t take the financial risk of producing our usual fully-staged show with orchestra until February 2023.

But we’re really excited to tell you that, having realised that many members liked the idea of performing an entire operetta (rather than a concert), the committee decided on a semi-staged production of Princess Ida. There won’t be hired scenery, but there will be appropriately-themed costumes supplied by members, and we’ll have John Allen’s legendary lighting. Willie Campbell will be our MD, and the production will be directed by Rae Lamond. We know from Rae’s 2012 concert version of Princess Ida how much she can achieve with limited resources but limitless vision and originality.

Details are yet to be finalised, but put Saturday 19 February 2022 in your diaries as a chance to see an operetta that has some wonderful music, but is rarely seen in a stage production.

Our trip to Titipu was a success!

 

The images above were taken from the Backstage feed of our Zoom performance of The Mikado on 16 June. They tell the story of an excellent show, from early doors to final curtain. There are 97 slides which take around 5 minutes to play, but you can stop at any point by hovering over the image, or select the image you want to look at from the filmstrip below the caption line.

As you’ll see from the chat extracts below, everyone enjoyed themselves. There were a few technical glitches – thanks to Joy for reading in when Backstage (Helen) sent the direct message to Ko-Ko (Robin) “Katisha has gone offline!” – but otherwise the evening went smoothly. Thanks to Robin, Willie and Martin for making the production possible artistically, musically and technically.

Lucy and Ed: congratulations to all, really fun and such a great way to sing “together.” A joyous shout indeed!!

KatyW: Absolutely fabulous! And no covid tests needed to travel to Titipu! Huge well done to everyone!

ElspethW: that was a great evenings entertainment. well done all

Susan: Thank you for a great show – such fun to sing along, and you all obviously were enjoying yourselves so much.

GillR: Extraordinary! What an incredible, achievement and fun evening! Thank you so much everyone for bringing huge smiles to our faces!!

Zoom Mikado on 16 June

Our Zoom performance of The Mikado is at 7:30pm on 16 June. Please log on at least five minutes before the show starts – the waiting room will open up shortly after 7:00pm. If you haven’t yet received log-on information, drop an email to our hard-working Administrator, Ellen Patrick, at ku.gro.ssagdnull@nelle.

As with the panto, music has been pre-recorded by members – plus a wide a variety of friends from near and far – and you can sing along (muted) to the end result of work by a cast of nearly 50. See if you can spot your friends in the rolling credits in the slideshow above. [As with all such sliders, just hover your cursor over the image to stop it moving]

Remember … this is a one-off, and “such an opportunity will not occur again”!

A message from our chair

Well it’s been a while since I’ve been in touch, but a fair few things have been going on and there’s more coming as well.

Like the rest of you I’ve been living every day hoping that soon things will change and we could get back to normal, or at least some semblance of normal. But it seemed like one step forward and two back.

However, the vaccine has changed everything. At last we have the possibility of things getting back to the way they were. Not immediately, but sometime in a future not too far away. We have to plan for next spring and the hope that we may be able to perform Pirates of Penzance in front of a live audience. This will depend on a number of things. Initially we won’t be able to rehearse in person so we may have to do some blended work there, combining Zoom with limited face-to-face. Where we rehearse will also be an issue. Finally, we really need all our members on board if we’re to have a viable chorus of sisters, pirates and police, so get thinking about any possible new members or members who haven’t been around for a while.

Those of you who have been taking part in our regular weekly sessions will know that we had a really good, fun, performance of The Merryman and his Maid. A great evening was had by all, including our guests for the evening from other societies.

A huge thank you must go to all who made this venture possible, Robin, Martin, Willie, Ellen and all the soloists.

Our next project is a Zoom performance of The Mikado which we had hoped to perform live last year. We are putting a cast together and hope for even more numbers to join us for this venture. We will have the same incredible technical and musical geniuses, Martin and Willie, who, building on their experiences in the last performance, will be waiting for your recordings.

We continue to have social evenings whilst we rehearse for our performances and these will continue as we go on in Zoom. Amongst the plans is to have a Desert Island Disc evening, a ‘What got you into G&S’ members selection, quizzes and chats.

But above all we want to keep all our members singing and meeting as much as possible. I hope the next time you hear from me, it’ll be to announce our Pirates of Penzance plans.

Keep singing!

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Princess Ida 2022

Our next show in the Carnegie Hall will be a semi-staged version of Princess Ida on Saturday 19 February 2022!

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