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Progress on Pirates

We are delighted to announce that Rae Lamond has accepted the invitation to direct our production of The Pirates of Penzance which is planned for Thursday 11 – Saturday 13 February 2021.

This appointment will allow us to go full steam ahead unless Government advice indicates that it should be otherwise!

Rae and Eddie are already thinking about auditions, which will take place earlier than has been the case in recent seasons and will probably be via an on-line platform. [Details of the audition pieces have been posted at this link] We also intend to start ‘note-bashing’ in August even if we cannot get together in person by then!

PS: On 26 May we posted this invitation to those interested in being considered for a principal part to make contact …

It’s ticket time!

The longest day is coming fast. If you would like something enjoyable with which to while away the long evening hours, why not come to our Sing-Along The Pirates of Penzance at 7.30pm on Friday 21 June 2019 at St Margaret’s RC Memorial Church, Dunfermline KY12 7JB. You have a choice of singing along with the chorus – scores will be provided – or just sitting back and listening.

You can get tickets at the door, but it would be safer to buy in advance from members of the company, or to reserve by phone/text to 07703 483083 or by email to ku.gro.ssagdnull@selastekcit. Whichever you choose, your £10 will both be a bargain and help your Society.

Ready for Pirates

We’re delighted to announce that we have a full cast of talented principals confirmed for our Pirates of Penzance Singalong.  They will lead our DGASS chorus and audience in a fun evening, where you can sing along or sit back and listen. Come and join us on Friday 21 June at 7.30pm in St Margaret’s RC Memorial Church, Dunfermline.

Musical Director – Willie Campbell

Ruth – Liz Landsman
Mabel – Fiona Main
Edith – Sharon Edgar
Kate – Morag Riley

Pirate King – Brian Shaw and Ross Main
Frederic – Gordon Horne
Major-General Stanley – Robin Ożóg
Samuel – Nathan Dicks and Jack Archibald
Sergeant of Police – Dave Smith

Narrator – Joy Campbell

Accompanist – Nancy Crook

A view from the corner

The Sorcerer, Act 2:
“Oh horrible, she’s going to adore me!”

As the deputy stage manager ‘on the book’, Alison Pendlowski, is frequently asked, “What does the show look like?” or “How is the show going?”. Click the image to read her reply. And do get in touch if you fancy being ‘on stage, but not on stage’ as part of our hard-working production team.

Calling all Pirates!

Have you noticed that our right-hand column “Next appearance” is a Pirates of Penzance Summer Singalong on Friday 21 June? “Singalong” does what it says on the tin, which is to allow everyone to participate. But you don’t have to wait until June, because you’ll be very welcome to come to the rehearsals as well – we “know the value of a kindly chorus”, as Ralph Rackstraw puts it in HMS Pinafore (next year’s main show … hint, hint!).

Our first rehearsal is at 7.30pm on Wednesday 20 March at Whitefield Day Hospital, Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline (some directions are at http://tinyurl.com/ctayy9.). Anyone who would like to sing with us is encouraged to attend this preliminary rehearsal, after which Willie Campbell, our MD for the Singalong, will be able to decide how many rehearsals are needed and when they will be, the aim being maximum enjoyment from minimum slog! Do please come along, and bring a friend – whether a tame pirate, or one of Major-General Stanley’s daughters, all will be made welcome.

The feasting is over …

… 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.

“A thoroughly enjoyable evening”

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!

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Next appearance

The Pirates of Penzance 2022

Although we plan to present a concert version of The Mikado in 2021, our next show on stage in the Carnegie Hall will be The Pirates of Penzance from Thursday to Saturday 17–19 February 2022!

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