For two reviews of our Carnegie production, go to this link.
Your webmaster came twice, and enjoyed every minute of it! The music went really well, set and costumes looked magnificent, and there was both humour and “poetry in it”. As always, there was good support from the pit, the stage team, and sound and lighting crew.
|We were so pleased that Claire Porterfield had recovered sufficiently from her illness to be able to appear on stage, but she didn’t have a singing voice, so the very demanding role of Mabel was sung by Fiona Main, who managed all those high notes sitting in the pit.||
|Their lip sync was so good that the audience would have had no idea there were two Mabels had Mike not made an announcement before the show. Well done, both of you. And a very special thank you to Fiona for giving up her week to help us out.|
You produced a splendid show, which was wonderful entertainment and attracted many favourable comments. If you, or people you know, would like to contribute reviews or memories of the show for some archive pages we’ll be creating, please email Martin. Two reviews are already on-line.
Not only was our Production Manager busy trying to keep everything together – and the cake-bearing boat on course! – but Mike also found time during the second performance to record some of the elements of the show that the punters didn’t see. The images are in the order they were taken, and obviously not all pin sharp – after all, Peter did ask for movement! – but they give a flavour of what was happening on and off the set.
Peter Baird writes: “First off I would say I am by no means a Gilbert & Sullivan aficionado or a regular theatre goer, but this was an opening night performance of Pirates of Penzance I would gladly sit through again. For it to be billed as an amateur production does a disservice to everyone involved with the DGASS, from the director, via the performers and orchestra to the set and costume designers who crafted an excellent show. It had vivid colour, was well choreographed and the music, singing and acting were all of a very high (dare I say it, professional) standard.
“Everyone involved played their hearts out and the enthusiasm with which they did so was reflected in the appreciation of the audience. Both cast and audience appeared to enjoy themselves immensely throughout (myself included). The pace never flagged, and credit to the orchestra and cast for keeping everything moving along such that attention never once waned.
“To sum up, I thought it was a highly enjoyable opening night with excellent performances all round, and I would advise anyone who is partial to Gilbert and Sullivan to attend the Carnegie hall and see this production whilst they can.”
Come to the Carnegie Hall this evening for the first night of our annual show – the ever-popular The Pirates of Penzance. Greig Hill has morphed over the years from a youthful Pirate King to the more mature role of Major-General: and he has lots of daughters, some of whom appear in the photos, along with Michael McFarlane as Frederic, Rae Lamond as Edith and Keri Zaczek as Kate.
You’ll also see other well-known faces in our strong cast: Claire Turnbull, Anne Diack, Robin Ożóg , George Alexander and Sinead Williams. Plus a rollocking band of Pirates, unhappy Policemen and simple Maidens to provide a lively and entertaining chorus.
To choose your seat in advance, call in at the theatre box office, or phone them on 01383 602302. Or simply turn up … seats are still available at all performances.
Those of us who aren’t on stage or otherwise part of the team putting on Pirates this week would like to wish everyone involved a very happy show. This may be the sixth time that Society members have “poured the pirate sherry”, “climbed over rocky mountains” and advanced “with cat-like tread” at Carnegie, but we know that this year our audience will be offered something just that little bit different!
As our Honorary President, Frances McCafferty, puts it in her message in the programme: “I know we are all in for a great treat from the rollicking band of pirates to the patriotic policemen and I look forward to that wonderful moment where all conflict stops momentarily for the singing of “Hail Poetry” – no heart can be left unmoved by it, certainly not the Pirate King’s.
“I wish everyone involved in the production a successful run of performances and invite the audience to sit back and enjoy what I am sure will be a wonderful show.”