… is the intriguing title of Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society’s concert at 3.00pm on Sunday 15 March at Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy and at 7.00pm on Tuesday 17 March at Dunfermline High School. The Tuesday concert is in aid of Cancer Research UK, and tickets are £8.00 for adults, £4.00 for children.
The orchestra, whose leader, Vince Gray, is also the regular orchestral leader for our show, has chosen a challenging programme to illustrate the theme. Full details if you click the image.
You are invited to enjoy Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group’s new take on The Gondoliers, in which mayhem and rapture descend on St Mark’s College, Oxbridge, when two young republicans are declared joint King of Barataria!
Running at the Pleasance Theatre from Tuesday 17 March to Saturday 21 March at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinée. £10 full-price; £8 concessions. More details and booking at the EUSOG website, or email gro.gosuenull@eciffoxob.
The curtain rose revealing a brightly-coloured set in The Piazetta in Venice and an excited chorus of contadine. Their “roses white and red” were used to effect with garlands woven into welcoming messages to greet the much sought-after Marco (Scott Barron) and Guiseppe (Ross Main). These two gentlemen interacted well together and Marco’s “Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes” was a show-stopper. Their sweethearts Gianetta (Claire Porterfield) and Tessa (Suzy Burnett ) both sang and acted well, the latter giving a saucy performance which added a sparkle to her character. Robin Ozog was a fine Duke of Plaza-Toro with excellent diction in his patter-song and was kept well under the thumb by his domineering wife, the Duchess, well characterised by Liz Landsman. Fiona Main was charming and elegant in the role of their daughter Casilda while Nick Temperley was a believably innocent Luiz the drummer-boy elevated to prince when the truth comes out about the mistake made by his nurse when he was a baby, George Alexander commanded the stage as Don Alhambra with his strong demeanour and resounding bass voice. Other supporting roles were all suitably cast.
There was some fine ensemble singing particularly the quintet “Try we life long” and the quartet in the finale of Act 1 when Marco and Guiseppe have to leave their beloved Tessa and Gianetta. The choral singing in this section was particularly strong.
This was a fairly traditional production but I did enjoy the stylised choreography in both smaller ensemble and large company numbers.
Moving the action forward 50 years to the Edwardian rather than Victorian period worked well, and the costumes were a welcome change to those usually expected.
All in all this was a lively, colourful production which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Official NODA review by Dorothy Johnstone
(14 February performance)
On the Thursday evening of Show Week, we were honoured by a visit by John Barnes, the NODA National President for 2014–15, who lives in Southampton. Not as far away as Barataria, although it also faces a Southern sea! We duly left the thrones out to provide a back-drop to those of our splendidly-attired cast who had qualified for long-service awards. The collage above is of pictures kindly supplied by Douglas Kerr. More about the award recipients, and their pictures by Val McManus on this page.
The Society excelled itself in last week’s production of The Gondoliers, which looked and sounded splendid. Congratulations to the many people who contributed to that success, both on and off stage.
If you didn’t make it to Carnegie, then you missed a treat. All that we can offer at the moment is a look at the programme, which you can view at this link, but the site will eventually have a selection of photographs and reviews, such as the official NODA show report (added 25 February). If you want to tell us what you thought of the show, or to contribute to the archive, please email ku.gro.ssagdnull@nitram.
Every February come rain, hail or snow, Dunfermline G&S put on a show.
This year they deliver the glorious Gondoliers,
Guaranteed to have the crowds, full of roars and cheers!
In every show, the company have to adopt particular poses,
This year they have to do it while spelling words with roses!
The ladies look so elegant, in their bonnets and their bows,
While Carol’s choreography, keeps them on their toes!
The gentlemen gondolieri pull off some cunning stunts,
As they gently guide their gondolas, armed with 12 foot punts!
The Dunfermline Press gave us the best coverage in ages,
With Douglas as our poster boy in the centre pages!
Peter’s production is so calm, he never shouts or harangues,
While Eddie coaxes harmonies and ensures the cymbal clangs!
George as Don Alhambra, wields his giant stick,
While the chorus are backstage, changing double quick!
Meantime Lyn and I dispense safety pins and feathers,
In between there’s tea and cakes and lots of laughs and blethers!
Claire and Susie star as the lovely Gianetta and Tess,
Proving choosing partners by blindfold, can lead to marital distress.
Ross and Scott are borne away as a pair of potential kings,
While Mike and all the stage crew prepare stuff from the wings.
Casilda falls for Luiz, when she sees him blow his trumpet,
But finds she is betrothed to be some foreign Prince’s crumpet!
Robin as the dashing duke has done the show so many times,
He can even contribute his own array of rhymes!
While Liz is our “Duchess” in her fabulous frock and fan,
Fiona is delighted to finally marry her drummer man!
Poor Janie as Inez, ends up chained up in distress,
Looking like she’s going for “50 Shades of G&S”!
Closing any show is always terribly hard,
But you’ll all be back next year in “The Yeomen of the Guard”!
Kerry Black – 13 February 2015
Well done, everyone, for making the centre spread in this week’s Dunfermline Press. Some great photos, taken “con amore” as the contadine might put it, by Jim Payne. Don’t forget to buy your copy of the Press. And don’t just file it in your G&S memorabilia – use it to persuade more paying punters to come to the show!