Do take the trip to the Adam Smith Theatre (Thursday/Saturday 13/15 March at 7.30pm, with a 2.30pm Saturday matinée) and allow Kirkcaldy G&S Society to transport you to Fairyland. Among the well-kent faces in their Iolanthe cast, you’ll spot Colin as Lord Chancellor, Robin as Mountararat, Andrew as Tolloller, Dave as Private Willis, and Linda as Phyllis.
Details on the KGANDS website: tickets from any of the cast, or on line by clicking the image.
Just wanted to say congratulations on a fantastic production! I was with my parents and we all loved every moment of it! It was so good to see everything from the balcony – all the costumes were magnificent and, with the staging, brought the story to life in so much colour.
The orchestra had a lovely sound and complemented everyone perfectly. We all thought the singing, from the solos to the big chorus numbers, was fantastic and also how professional all the choreographed movement was.
I thought Claire managed extremely well in her acting of Mabel with her voice not recovered, which would be a shame for her – I hope she feels better really soon.
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.”