The rehearsals for Princess Ida have been really enjoyable, and all the participants have been looking forward to the show taking place in February. However, with Covid infection rates still increasing and Government advice being that no more than three households should mix socially, it doesn’t seem sensible to continue face-to-face rehearsals. Having to miss an unknown number of rehearsals at such a critical stage in the show’s preparation – only seven weeks to opening night – means that there would be a real risk of the show not reaching peak performance standard so, regretfully, the Committee have decided that we should postpone the show scheduled for 18–19 February 2022.
Our production director has been tasked with negotiating alternative dates with Carnegie Hall, so please watch this website for news of the new date for our production of Princess Ida and a revised schedule for rehearsals.
From our Secretary:
NODA advice is to cancel rehearsals that are this side of Christmas so we, in common with many other groups, are reluctantly cancelling this evening’s rehearsal. Sorry about the short notice!
We intend to return to rehearsal on Wednesday 5 January, but you will receive further updates. Meantime look at Rae’s videos on Facebook. Please practise all your moves. Get your vocal score out and practise the music too. Principals practise your dialogue!
Meanwhile, have a lovely Christmas and New Year! Stay safe and protect your loved ones.
The BIG news is that from Wednesday 13 October we’ll be able to have a cuppa before the rehearsal. From 7.00pm, if you bring your own cup, we’ll have the tea/coffee/milk. A chance to catch up, without the rush at half-time.
We also hope that there will be a Christmas meal out at the Pitbauchlie on Friday 10 December. Jack Archibald will have copies of the menu available for perusal at the next rehearsal, so please take a look, and let Jack know if you are interested, so that he can get this organised.
The 50th Annual General Meeting of the Dunfermline Gilbert and Sullivan Society was held on Wednesday 13 May 2020. Because of the coronavirus lock-down, the meeting was conducted on-line by Zoom, and 29 members successfully logged in.
The Finance Manager’s report, having been circulated before the meeting, was discussed and accepted, the Chair’s report (which will be circulated to members) was discussed, and the Management Committee proposal that the annual subscription remain at £120 (£10/month by standing order) was accepted unanimously.
The postponement of the June concert version of The Mikado was noted with regret, and the prospects and practicalities of casting, rehearsing and staging The Pirates of Penzance in February 2021 were debated at some length, but no firm decisions could be taken in view of the uncertainties associated with Government regulations to control the pandemic. Members were assured that the Committee were continuing their discussions and would keep members informed.
The Vice Chairman (Mike Pendlowski), Administration Manager (Ellen Patrick), Publicity Manager (Geoff Strong) and Social and Fund-Raising Manager (Sinead Black ) were re-elected, and Mark Cecil re-appointed as Accounts Examiner.
The dates for auditions are:
- Thursday 16 September, from 6.30pm at Rae Macintosh, 41 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh
- Sunday 19 September, from 6.30pm at 28 Woodmill Terrace, Dunfermline
- Thursday 23 September, from 6.30pm – location to be determined by demand
Book your slot by emailing ku.gro.ssagdnull@snoitidua, saying what part(s) you would like to audition for, and your preferences for date/location/time.
Based on the rehearsals so far, our trip to Castle Adamant is going to be fun for everyone involved. For those who would like to play a principal part, the dates for auditions will shortly be announced, but the linked list will tell you what to prepare, both music and dialogue. Hearken to Rae’s “strict command”!
A great time was had by everyone who came along to the first rehearsal for our semi-staged production of Princess Ida, but we’re still at the early stages, so we will be welcoming new or returning singers at 7.30pm on every Wednesday in September. Please remember that we are now meeting at Limekilns Parish Church and, before you set out, read this linked document for guidance on what we’ve done to keep you safe and the part you’ve to play.