We often have a clutch of NODA awards (recorded on this page), but this year just one. Here we see the presentation by Dorothy Johnstone, Regional Representative for District 6 (Edinburgh area), who gave Shan Edgar (fetchingly attired in her costume as Colleen Moore!) her ten-year medal.
“Really enjoyed the show yesterday – the scenery was lovely and the music and singing a delight.” “Please pass on our thanks to the cast for all their hard work in making this a success.” The same long-term regular member of the Society’s audience also said that she hadn’t remembered seeing the show before, though your webmaster knew differently, having sold the ticket! The reason is almost certainly the fresh way in which The Sorcerer was presented in this production, in no small part due to the transformation of the chorus into realistic 1920s individuals, each with a part to play. Such was the extent of the stage magic (for which read imagination, hard work, attention to detail and characterization) that brought this about that our Honorary President struggled to identify more than three or four of the cast, though she has known many more of you for years!
So give yourselves an extra round of applause, especially those who came into the show towards the end of rehearsals: Susan Reid made it into the programme, but Sinead Black’s substitution for Marion Kelly as Miss Marple regrettable didn’t. Neither did Gordon Horne of EDGAS, stepping in for George Shand as Sherlock Holmes within a few weeks of opening night, a feat that rightly earned him the “Lord High Substitute” Frank award, wittily presented in the bar after the final curtain by the inimitable Robin Ożóg!
… the curtain has come down on the final performance … Sir Marmaduke has issued his final invitation to another feast … John Wellington Wells has time to get his breath … Lady Sangazure can shed those terribly hot furs … Charlie Chaplin has enjoyed his last flirt with the bridesmaids … and the Ploverleigh air is no longer “charged with amatory numbers”. The cast enjoyed the show and the audience were enthusiastic. But all is now just memory (though you can access the programme at this link and find out how Charlie Chaplin came to be in a G&S chorus-line), and we’ll all have to wait until June for the next chance to hear our Society in action. Thank you to everyone who made this show such a success.
That was the reaction of one audience member to Thursday’s first performance of The Sorcerer. And last night’s performance had the extra ‘lift’ that comes from having an enthusiastic crowd in the hall – the cast respond well to laughter and clapping! If you want to see why young Alexis is being cheered on, and why the chorus look so individual, and what happens when “Love, the housemaid, lights the kitchen fire”, you’ll have to turn out this afternoon or this evening. Get there early, buy your ticket, have a drink in the bar, and enjoy a splendid evening’s entertainment!
So that’s settled it … they’re officially betrothed, and the settlement paperwork has been signed; four ‘Roaring Twenties’ bridesmaids in the foreground; a handsome couple of fine singers arm in arm; proud father about to order the drinks … what could possibly go wrong? To find out, come to Carnegie Hall tonight, or on Saturday, when we’re on stage for both matinée and evening performances.
We may be enjoying the talents of some newcomers to the Society in this year’s production, but we also have years of experience in the two blue-blooded parts of Sir Marmaduke Pointdextre and Lady Sangazure. Encourage all your friends to come to see Robin Ożóg and Liz Landsman rekindle love in each other’s company. Or is it the warmth of her furs that excites Lady Sangazure’s passion?
This what the set will look like at one point during the show that’s on at Carnegie from Thursday to Saturday this week. To find out why the villagers of Ploverleigh are happy – and why a key member of the cast has left the set – you’ll have to come to see our production of The Sorcerer. Lots of fun is being had on the stage, accompanied by some splendid singing and playing, and it really would lift your spirits to come and see it. Tickets (£15; £14 concessions; £5 under-16s) are available in advance from the Carnegie Hall Box Office, in person, by phone on 01383 602302, or on-line at this link. Or just come early, and buy your ticket at the door. We guarantee that you’ll not regret it!