Update on Society plans
As many of you will have read, all ONFife theatres will remain closed until at least April/May 2021, and it will probably take a while for some of our audience to feel confident about going to theatres again. The Management Committee has therefore taken the decision to postpone The Pirates of Penzance until February 2022, given the seasonal commitments of many who might be involved. Auditions will take place in March 2021, and details notified nearer the time. We also intend to perform a concert version of The Mikado in June 2021.
To keep us all in touch, we are intending to have a series of social events, on-line and in person (once it’s feasible). The first of these will be a Zoom Mikado sing-song on Wednesday 17 June at 7.30pm.
Other suggestions include quizzes, a socially-distanced walk and G&S speakers. Let us have your good ideas! As well as our regular members, auditionees, lapsed members and potential members will be welcome!
It would be lovely if members were prepared to continue to pay as much of their subscriptions as possible throughout this difficult time as the Society continues to have some outgoings.
We shall be prepared to respond to any changes in the COVID-19 situation that will let us get together safely.
Looking forward to seeing everyone on 17 June!
50 Glorious Years!
No, not for the Society quite yet, but 50 years on the stage for our founder member Robin Ożóg. Robin is pictured here receiving his 50th Year Award from NODA Scotland Councillor, Stuart McCue-Dick.
Admittedly “that happened some time ago”, to quote Nanki-Poo – it was reported on in the November NODA magazine at this link, and we missed it at the time – but when better to catch up than on Frederic’s 41st birthday? After all, that was a role that Robin played in Dunfermline way back in 1974.
Next week Robin will be playing the part of Don Alhambra with Kirkcaldy Gilbert & Sullivan Society in The Gondoliers. NODA tells us that this will be his 122nd show; our own programme reveals that it also marks what must be a record, for Robin will then have played every single male principal part in the opera, from tenor to baritone, and romantic lead to ‘undertaker’, via a certain “Castilian hidalgo of ninety-five quarterings”! Well done, Robin, on this richly-deserved recognition of your contribution to amateur theatre.
NODA awards were presented on-stage after the matinee performance on Saturday 22 February by Stuart McCue-Dick, Councillor for NODA (Scotland), with two other NODA personnel in attendance – Dorothy Johnstone, Regional Representative for District 6 (Edinburgh area) and reviewer for this show, and our very own Mike Pendlowski, appearing as his alter ego, the Regional Representative for District 7 (Fife).
These awards recognising service to amateur theatre went to:
- Joan Bell: 30 year Silver Bar
- Geoff Strong: 30 year Silver Bar
- Morag Riley: 25 year Long Service Medal
- Mary Alexander: 20 year Badge
- Clare White: 20 year Badge
This post will work its way down the page, but you can see all the recent presentation history at this link.