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Sociability is back!

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 DecemberJack 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.

Princess Ida team announced

We were greatly encouraged to hear at last night’s rehearsal that, with the exception of one minor part, we now have a complete cast of principals for Princess Ida.

You’ll see from the cast list at this link that several principals who have previously performed with the Society are back after a period of absence, and we are delighted to welcome new faces and fresh voices, many from across the Forth. It promises to be a very well-sung show!

Rae will be finalising the chorus placements in the very near future so, if you or your friends are hesitating about joining in the fun, you need to make that decision very soon, and make contact with Rae today.

2021 AGM

The 51st Annual General Meeting of the Dunfermline Gilbert and Sullivan Society was held on Wednesday 19 May 2021. Because of the coronavirus lock-down, the meeting was conducted on-line by Zoom, and 22 current 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 with one abstention.

The forthcoming Zoom production of The Mikado was discussed. The March Zoom pantomime, The Merryman and His Maid, written by Robin Ożóg, was widely regarded as being highly successful. The invaluable contributions to both productions of Robin Ożóg (Director), Willie Campbell (Musical Director) and Martin Tarr (Technical Manager) were acknowledged by all. The Wednesday Social evenings, each rounded off by one of Robin’s quizzes, have been much appreciated by participants.

It was hoped that the 2022 production of The Pirates of Penzance would go ahead as planned, but it was acknowledged that there is still uncertainty about likely restrictions associated with the pandemic. [It has since been necessary to postpone the production till 2023. A semi-staged performance of Princess Ida is being undertaken instead.]

The Chairman (Morag Riley), Finance and Ticket Sales Manager (Anne Dolbear) and Programme Manager (John Allen) were re-elected, and Mark Cecil re-appointed as Accounts Examiner.

Audition dates

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.

Fancy a principal part?

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”!

Music and Movement

A very few of our older members will remember Music and Movement, a BBC schools radio series that (I’m reliably informed) ran for 35 years until 1969. As it says elsewhere “an important aspect of the primary school curriculum was exercise and coordination”. What is true for wee ones is just as true for those of maturer years who want to give of our best for the forthcoming show!

So that we can better link Music with Movement, Rae’s plan is to start on the floor earlier in the season than has been our practice, and to rehearse music and actions together. The starting date for this is Wednesday 15 September, when we will start work on the Opening Chorus of Act 1. If you can learn the words by then, so much the better. And don’t forget to continue to “search throughout the panorama” for anyone who might be persauded to join our ranks for some weekly G&S fun.

 

We’ve started back!

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.

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Next appearance

Princess Ida 2022

Our next show in the Carnegie Hall will be a semi-staged version of Princess Ida on Saturday 19 February 2022!

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