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.”
The Carnegie Hall once again hosts our annual show from 19–22 February – this year 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 who along with recognised local performers Claire Porterfield, Anne Diack, Robin Ozog and Michael McFarlane lead a strong cast. A rollocking band of Pirates, unhappy Policemen and simple Maidens provide a lively and entertaining chorus. More details on our Next Show page.
Our Production Manager continues to be busy with his camera! To the amusement of some of the Ladies Chorus, above you can see the bold police who have been told to die to protect their honour! Below, young Frederic is getting worried about where doing his duty will take him. To see how it all pans out, you’ll have to buy a ticket for our show.
This year the BBC Scotland Watchnight programme on Christmas Eve is coming from Dunfermline Abbey. A number of our members took part in the recording, and you’ll hear some lovely high notes from our contributors to the descant team! Tune in to BBC1 at 11:20pm on 24 December. If you can’t wait until then, you can play at “Spot the G&S member” in this clip: you’ll see more than just George and Mike!
[If you don’t live in Scotland, use Freesat Channel 960, Sky Channel 951, or listen on-line at http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/]