Thursday, 11 September 2014

Meeting the Wolf!

Rhiannon Gibbs as Red Riding Hood
If you go down to the woods today you're sure of a big surprise! All good fairytales involve challenges and growing up, but what if it takes meeting the Wolf and being swallowed whole? And what if that turns out to be not the end, but just the passing of childish naivety and coming to terms with the perils of the adult world?

Now I know:
Don't be scared.
Granny is right,
just be prepared.
Isn't it nice to know a lot!
... and a little bit not...

Kushil Dep as the Wolf
Sondheim and Lapine retell the tale of Red Riding Hood and the Wolf in Into the Woods, one of many tales they weave into the Show. The Wolf ponders on the joys of 'talking to his meal' before meeting a sticky end and Red Riding Hood reveals a new bloodthirsty side with her lovely new cape of fur and determination to survive whatever life throws at her. One thing is always certain in fairytales. No one in them is ever the same again.


Come and meet the Wolf for yourself – book now and travel Into the Woods with us at the Queen Mother Theatre from 8th – 11th October, and share the journey!

You can order direct from PBGS on 07946 264886. Please also ring this number for group discounts and special seating requirements. You can email an order through this website by clicking on this link: 

 

All photos © PBGS

Friday, 5 September 2014

New photos to tempt you Into the Woods with us!

Red Riding Hood (Rhiannon Gibbs) leaves her Grandmother (Valmai Guess) amd ventures into the woods

The Fairytale inspired Musical, Into the woods, was written in 1986 by Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Follies, A Little Night Music) and James Lapine (Falsettos, Passion) and premiered on Broadway in 1987 after a run at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.The hugely popular and challenging muscial has been successfully revived many times since and remains a favourite with audiences. December 2014 will see the release of the first ever film version, but first-and-foremost it remains a magical theatrical experience.

Everyone is familiar with the sometimes enchanting, sometimes dark and disturbing tales written by the Brothers Grimm. Into the Woods sees the weaving together of several familiar characters: Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, Jack and the Giant Beanstalk, Cinderella and her awful family, and Rapunzel. It also introduces two new characters – the Baker and his Wife who’s only wish in life is to have a child. Living under the curse of a neighbouring Witch they go into the woods to fulfil her demands for various magical items and thus lift the curse and get their wish. As they seek a Slipper as Pure as Gold, a Cow as White as Milk, a Cape as Red as Blood and Hair as Yellow as Corn, they find that the dark and mysterious woods have drawn all the characters in the tale into its murky depths, all seeking ‘Happy Ever After’ and release from the difficulties that beset them. But like all things in life, you have to be very careful what you wish for as the wishes spectacularly unravel. Jack’s mother has a dead giant in her backyard, Cinderella isn’t sure she actually wants to be married to a Prince and the Giant’s wife arrives seeking revenge.

Woods, and particularly the vast Germanic forests of Grimm folklore, have long been a metaphor for the unconscious. The dark, unacknowledged places where we all have to face uncomfortable truths, travel to seek the wisdom we need to live good lives, face up to our Giants and return, if we are lucky, with the prize of a better understanding of ourselves. At some point in our lives we all ‘have to take the journey’ into the woods and come back with a little bit of magic to transform ourselves.

Cinderella (Alice Bridges) with 'the shoe that fits'
And we have a lot of theatrical magic to offer – book now and travel Into the Woods with us at the Queen Mother Theatre from 8th – 11th October, and share the journey!

You can order direct from PBGS on 07946 264886. Please also ring this number for group discounts and special seating requirements. You can email an order through this website by clicking on this link: 

 

All photos © PBGS

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Rehearsing Into the Woods

Into the Woods rehearsals are going really well - time to share some photos of today's efforts!

Richard Syms rehearses Tim Hobman (Cinderella's Prince) and Barney Shergold (Mysterious Man)
Zoe Jasko and Alice Bridges as The Baker's Wife and Cinderella
Fighting over the golden slipper
Alice with Catherine Harvey (Lucinda) and Sue Kennedy (Cinderella's Mother)

Don't forget to beat the rush for this extremely popular show and get the best seats by ordering your tickets now!


fraz2012@aol.com


All photos © Sue Wookey
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Monday, 18 August 2014

Into the Woods tickets on sale!

Red and the Wolf © Sue Wookey
'An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red Ridinghood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? A Witch…who raps? They’re all among the cockeyed characters appearing in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s fractured fairy tale. When a Baker and his Wife learn they’ve been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark on a quest to break the spell. Wishes are granted at the end of Act One, but the actions taken to ‘live happily ever after’ have disastrous results. What begins as a lively irreverent fantasy becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children.'
Time to think about ordering your Into the Woods tickets! We are putting a fantastic show together and tickets could sell fast, so order early to avoid disappointment. Into the Woods will be showing at the Queen Mother Theatre in Hitchin from the 8th - 11th October.

You can order direct from PBGS on 07946 264886. Please also ring this number for group discounts and special seating requirements. You can email an order through this website by clicking on this link (please include your phone number if you would like a call back):



Saturday, 9 August 2014

Remembering June Game

June playing at our G&S Singathon in 2007
The society is sad to announce the death of June Game, a friend and accompanist for PBGS since the first show in 1972. Throughout over 40 years with the society, June was a continual support at rehearsals, using her talents to support the company in all the Gilbert & Sullivan operettas and watching performances as an avid fan.

Her enjoyment was infectious and her gentle humour made every rehearsal a delight, together with her superb skills on the keyboard. Within the last decade, she accompanied 6 hours of Gilbert and Sullivan music during a 12 hour Singathon to raise funds for the society, and was always willing to play at events and fundraisers to help PBGS. Her contribution was awarded by the company with her appointment as an Honorary Life Member and when she decided to retire from the piano for the society, it was still a delight to speak to her about the shows and see her in the audience.

Should you wish to attend her funeral, you would be welcomed by her family and it is on Thursday 14th August at 1pm at St Christopher’s Church, Stockingstone Road, Round Green, Luton LU2 7NB. The family have requested donations to the IAPWA (International Aid for the Protection and Welfare of Animals), or any animal charity of choice, instead of flowers.

There will be refreshments afterwards and the family are keen to meet any of her friends from PBGS.

The society will miss our first lady of the keyboard.

Please send Paula Fraser your memories of June as we would like to make up a memorial booklet.
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Friday, 1 August 2014

Into The Woods Trailer

We are now well into our Into the Woods reahearsals creating a show that we are confident will be magical in every sense. Our production will be at the Queen Mother Theatre in Hitchin in October, and the following January Disney are releasing their film version. For a little taster of Sondheim magic, and to get you in the mood, take a look at the trailer below. Thanks to Margaret for the link!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

PBGS BBQ

Some photos from last night's PBGS BBQ at Brian's house. As you can see, we had a great evening. There would have been even more photos if I hadn't fallen backwards off a chair into the blackberries. And, yes, I am OK today! At least it made the BBQ even more memorable...


 Our Presidents Elected, Queen Ann and King Tony.


 Rob gets the loving feeling from Brian's pussy cat.


Everyone scans the ground for runaway sausages. OK - they are looking at the cat...


 Margaret shows that she's much more skilled at sitting in a white camp chair than I am!


 Richard takes on the role of Lord High Cook and mans the BBQ


 As well as Lord High Cook, Richard also played Quiz Master with some very tricksy questions about games and detectives.


 Concentrating on finding some answers...


 Still enjoying the Quiz


Tony wonders why he's the only one without a purple plate...

All photos © Sue Wookey

Monday, 7 July 2014

Valley of Song

Some of our PBGS members are over in Wolverton this week in Ivor Novello's Valley of Song which is being put on by Wolverton G&S:



7.30pm 10th to 12th July 2014
Holy Trinity Church, Old Wolverton Road MK12 5NJ
Box Office 01908 262250
'Wolverton Gilbert & Sullivan Society are proud to present Ivor Novello's very last musical, Valley of Song, playing from 10th to 12th of July 2014.
Left unfinished at the time of his sudden death, and completed by his longtime collaborator Christopher Hassall, Valley of Song is a unique opportunity to see a rarely performed Ivor Novello work upon the stage.
Set in a world of optimism on the eve of the Great War, Valley of Song is a homage to Wales - Novello's homeland - and a touching farewell to the music of his youth.
The Welsh Valleys, 1913. Nan Brewster is the largest landowner in the valley and supports the local valley choir, run by choirmaster David. David's love for Lily, his leading soprano, creates beautiful music for the choir. But when Lily is given an opportunity to sing in Venice, she jumps at the chance, and into the arms of Ricardo, a wealthy count set on making her an international star. But, by opening night, it becomes clear that Ricardo's intentions are not entirely honourable... As Europe is plunged into the First World War, how much is David willing to sacrifice for the woman he loves?'

Friday, 27 June 2014

PBGS Summer BBQ



Putteridge Bury’s Annual Summer BBQ 
18th July 2014

Friends and Family welcome 
From 7 pm at Brian's house, 125 Strathmore Avenue, Luton, LU1 3QW, Beds.

Cost will be £5 per person for a meat and/or vegetarian option which will be provided as well as some drinks. Please bring along either a side dish (salads, bread, snacks etc.) or a pudding (desserts, cakes etc.) and your favourite tipple and bring your friends and family along, it will be great fun. As this is also a Fundraiser the rest will go as a donation to Putteridge Bury G&S Society. There will also be a Quiz with a prize!

DVD SALE: Brian will have an extensive collection of DVDs on sale to raise money for Putteridge Bury.

Parking is available at the location in the street, but please be aware that you may have to park a bit further down the street.

Please reply to Nicole at NSantelmann@yahoo.de until 11th July latest to confirm if you are coming and how many people you are bringing, so we know how much food to get. Also please let Nicole know if you require vegetarian food, so we know to cater for you.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!
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Saturday, 31 May 2014

Wardrobe and make-up help needed for Into the Woods


Shirley gets busy with the lipstick in 'Jack the Ripper'
Fancy being involved in our next production of Into the Woods but don't really want to tread the boards? We are looking for help with Costumes, Wigs and Make-up. These are vital roles and we are looking for people who are willing to attend some rehearsals and costume fittings nearer the show and be around through 5th-11th October, which is our show week. PBGS can't get on stage without all the extra help behind the scenes so you would be a valuable member of our team. Into the Woods is a production we are very excited about - both a big challenge for us and also a lot of fun!

If you would like to help please get in touch with Paula Fraser at paulafras@aol.com.

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

G & S Sing-a-long on 3rd May

   
Our G&S Singalong is fast approaching! The 3rd May will be the first ever Global Gilbert and Sullivan Day and PBGS is preparing a special celebration at Harlington Village Hall.

We have a programme put together, but there are still roles to fill so we'd love to hear from singers, not only from PBGS but also from other local groups, who'd like to join us on the day for solos or ensembles as well as joining in all those lovely choruses. Please contact Paula Fraser on paulafras@aol.com or 07956 678720 if you'd like to join in as a singer or if you would like to order tickets as an audience member. Tickets to take part are £5 and there will be home baked refreshements.

There will be two opportunities to go through the music on Sunday 27th April from 3pm and Tuesday 29th April from 7.45pm at our usual rehearsal venue of Streatley Village Hall.

This will be a fun way to celebrate Gilbert and Sullivan in style by singing all our favourites, many of them as loudly as possible!


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Monday, 14 April 2014

A Big Thank You to our Audiences!

Behind the scenes at the QMT
Thank you to all of you from all of us at PBGS for sharing a wonderful week and making The Mikado such a huge success.

So many of you came that we had the biggest audience we've had so far at the Queen Mother Theatre, and from all the laughter and cheering you all had a great time. As did we!!! It was lovely to see the theatre packed out and to play to you all.

We hope to see all of you again in October when we will be putting on Sondheim's acclaimed musical Into the Woods (see our poster on the right!). This is quite a departure for PBGS and will be a challenge. But it's one we know we'll rise to. Into the Woods is a wonderful show, and one that we know you will enjoy very much. After that we will be back to our G&S roots with an innovative production of HMS Pinafore in Spring 2015. As always, there is a lot to look forward to!


Behind the scenes at the QMT
Photos: © Sue Wookey

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Mikado opens this Wednesday!


Not long now! Our production of The Mikado opens this Wednesday and, as you can see from today's rehearsal, it's a really colourful show with some spectacular costumes! Tickets are selling really well - there are a few still available for each day, but there are plenty left for Wednesday so don't forget that tickets for Wednesday and the Saturday Matinee are cheaper at £11! So a good day to come if you are still undecided!

Booking is now being handled directly by the theatre and are available online:
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Here are a couple more 'taster' photos:



Photos: © Sue Wookey

Monday, 31 March 2014

Mikado opens 9th April!

Nanki Poo, Yum Yum, Pitti Sing and Pooh Bah celebrate the' Flowers that Bloom in the Spring'
Just over a week to go before we open at The Queen Mother Theatre! We are all working hard brushing up on our fan work and the show has really come together ready for the stage.

The Mikado is full of musical highlights including Yum Yum's beautiful solo 'The Sun who's Rays', the Mikado's list of fitting punishments 'A More Humane Mikado', which amazingly was nearly cut by Gilbert at the Dress Rehearsal and only restored by a deputation from the D'Oyly Carte chorus, and the fast paced trio, 'Here's a How-de-do'. One of the most famous songs in the G&S canon, 'Tit Willow', is sung by a desperate Ko Ko to the object of his very reluctant attentions, the terrifying Katisha. The song was much parodied at the time and there was a lot of debate amongst ornithologists as to exactly which bird Gilbert meant, as willow tits didn't arrive in Britain until 1900. Most likely he just loved the sound of it. 'Tit Willow' has even been immortalised by Rowlf and an equally reluctant Sam the Eagle on The Muppets (thanks to Eve for sending the link). Click on the link below to see it on Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueuA-9pqRok&feature=kp

Tickets are selling fast so make sure you don't miss out. All tickets should now be ordered direct from the Queen Mother theatre: 

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Monday, 24 March 2014

Time to order your Mikado tickets!


Mikado rehearsals are coming along apace, as you can see from these photos! This promises to be a fantastic show - we have a great cast, a very funny production and a wonderful set of traditional costumes (who can resist all that shuffling in kimonos?). This is Gilbert and Sullivan's most enduringly popular collaboration, a treat for G&S buffs and a great introduction to the cannon for those that have never seen a G&S before.

Tickets are selling like those proverbial hot-cakes, so be sure to book now to make sure you get the evenings and seats you want. There are several ordering options:

  • Place an order through the 'Order Tickets' button on the top right of this page


Photos: © Sue Wookey

Monday, 17 March 2014

G&S Singalong to celebrate World Gilbert and Sullivan Day!


The 3rd May will be the first ever Global Gilbert and Sullivan Day and PBGS is preparing a special celebration with a G&S Singalong at Harlington Village Hall.

We'd love to hear from singers from other local groups who'd like to join us on the day for solos or ensembles as well as joining in all those lovely choruses. Please contact Paula Fraser on paulafras@aol.com or 07956 678720 if you'd like to join in as a singer or if you would like to order tickets as an audience member. Tickets to take part are £5 and there will be home baked refreshements (the Mary Berry effect gets everywhere...).

This will be a fun way to celebrate Gilbert and Sullivan in style by singing all our favourites, many of them as loudly as possible!



Thursday, 13 March 2014

Local shows: Patience and Crazy for You

Our ever busy members are involved in two local shows this month. Paula and Jo are performing in Patience with Woverton G&S over at Stantonbury Campus:

7.30pm 25th to 29th March 2014
Stantonbury Campus Theatre, Stantonbury, Milton Keynes



And Louise is over with Harpenden Operatic performing in Crazy For You at Harpenden Public Halls:

24th to 29th March 2014
Harpenden Public Halls, Harpenden, Herts
Email: hlostickets@live.co.uk
Tel: 07817 331150
Buy online: www.hlos.ticketsource.co.uk




Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Into the Woods cast

We have a nearly full cast for our October production of Into the Woods. Congratulations to everyone who was successful, the auditions were outstanding and we certainly made the Panel's job as difficult as possible!

The cast so far is as follows:
NARRATOR - Paul Blunt
THE WITCH - Paula Fraser
CINDERELLA’S PRINCE - Tim Hobman
CINDERELLA - Alice Bridges
STEWARD - Barny Shergold
BAKER - Graham Breeze
BAKER’ WIFE - Zoe Jasko
JACK - Shayn Dickens
JACK’S MOTHER - Sue Wookey
RED RIDING HOOD - Rhiannon Gibbs
RED RIDING HOOD’S GRANDMOTHER - Valmai Guess
CINDERELLA’S STEPMOTHER - Sue Kennedy
CINDERELLA’S FATHER - Rob Jones
FLORINDA - Nicole Santlemann
LUCINDA - Catherine Harvey
CINDERELLA’S MOTHER - Ketina Orriss 
There are four recalls which will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 11 March. If anyone wants to re-audition or audition for the first time for any of these parts, can they please contact Paula on paulafras@aol.com:
MYSTERIOUS MAN
THE WOLF
RAPUNZEL’S PRINCE
RAPUNZEL
There are three further small speaking parts to cast. Anyone interested in any of the following should contact Paula on paulafras@aol.com. These parts may not be auditioned:
SNOW WHITE
SLEEPING BEAUTY
GIANT’S WIFE
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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Mikado Tickets now on sale!


Booking is now open for our next production of The Mikado, 9-12 April 2014 at the Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin.

'The Mikado' is Gilbert and Sullivan's best loved show, and if the fun we are having at rehearsals is anything to go by, definitely not one to be missed! This is a traditional production with gorgeous costumes, wonderful singing and enough intricate fan work to keep us all on our toes.

Tickets are now available direct from PBGS on 07946 264886. Please also ring this number for group discounts and special seating requirements. You can also email an order through this website by clicking on this link:


Ordering options:
  • Email an order through the button above (please include your phone number if you would like a call back)
  • Or ring PBGS on 07946 264886 
Downloadable PDF of our Mikado Booking Form 

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Sunday, 23 February 2014

Into the Woods Auditions reminder!



Just a reminder that our Into The Woods auditions are this coming Sunday, 2nd March at 3pm. They are being held at Streatley Village Hall (see directions on our Contact Us page) and are open, so anyone can come and watch, and cheer the auditionees along.

Good luck, everyone!

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