Friday, 19 October 2018

Grand Duke Launch


Our next production will be Gilbert and Sullivan's The Grand Duke in March 2019. Show Launch Night will be from 7.45pm on Tuesday 23rd October when we will hear about the production from Director Graham Breeze and Musical Director Graham Thompson.We hope that you'll join us for this little seen work which will be updated by our Director Graham Breeze. Graham brought us our recent all singing-all dancing production of The Gondoliers, so definitely not one to be missed. The Grand Duke is rarely performed to this is a great chance to get to know it and tick it off your G&S To-do list (don't we all have one?). There is some great music including a roulette song and even a number about sausage rolls!

If you would like to join us onstage or off, please contact paulafras@aol.com. We rehearse at Streatley Village Hall on Tuesday nights with Sunday afternoon principal rehearsals. See our Contact Us page for directions. New members are always welcome - just come along and introduce yourself to anyone wearing a committee badge.

Auditions will be on Sunday 4th November at 3pm with both Sunday 28th and Tuesday 30th October to go through music. You can familiarise yourself with the characters, plot (especially convoluted!) and audition pieces here:

Grand Duke Audition Material

To whet your appetite, here is a photo from the finale of Act 2 of our last production in 2001. I think our latest one may look very different!



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Sunday, 14 October 2018

Thank you!


A big, big thank you to our audiences for joining us for a feast of Sondheim and supporting our production of A Little Night Music. The feedback has been a amazing and has made all our hard work worthwhile. A big thank you too to our Director Richard Syms, Musical Director Derek Blyth and all the many people who worked their socks off behind the scenes pulling off this technically challenging show. You know who you are...

Our next production will be Gilbert and Sullivan's The Grand Duke in March 2019. We hope that you'll join us for this little seen work which will be updated by our Director Graham Breeze. Graham brought us our recent all singing-all dancing production of The Gondoliers, so definitely not one to be missed. The Grand Duke has a roulette song and even a number about sausage rolls!

If you would like to join us onstage or off, please contact paulafras@aol.com. We rehearse at Streatley Village Hall on Tuesday nights with Sunday afternoon principal rehearsals. See our Contact Us page for directions. Show Launch Night will be from 7.45pm on Tuesday 23rd October when we will hear about the production from Director Graham Breeze and Musical Director Graham Thompson. New members are always welcome - just come along and introduce yourself to anyone wearing a committee badge.



Photos: Ralph Rapley of XMO4 Production Photos

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

It's Show Week!


After all our hard work A Little Night Music has finally arrived and we can't wait for you to see this show. Set in Sweden in 1900, A Little Night Music explores the tangled web of affairs centred around an actress, Desirée Armfeldt, and the men who love her. A Little Night Music is a glorious musical comedy with wit, waltzes and the heartbreaking “Send in the Clowns”. Sondheim is a challenge for any theatre group, amateur or professional, both for those onstage and those behind the scenes! But it's one that PBGS has relished and we hope you will come and support us and enjoy the fruits of six months of planning and rehearsals.

This is a rare chance to enjoy this wonderful show and tickets are still available for each performance (including a Saturday Matinee) at The Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin. Buy your tickets online directly from the Theatre here:


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Monday, 24 September 2018

A Little Night Music opens 10th October!


Not long until we arrive back at The Queen Mother Theatre in Hitchin with out latest show, Sondheim's witty and poignant tale of loves lost and found - A Little Night Music - which contains one of his best loved songs, Send in the Clowns.

Set in Sweden in 1900, A Little Night Music explores the tangled web of affairs centred around an actress, Desirée Armfeldt, and the men who love her: a lawyer by the name of Fredrik Egerman and the Count Carl-Magnus Malcom. When the travelling actress performs in Fredrik's town, the estranged lovers' passion rekindles. This strikes a flurry of jealousy and suspicion between Desirée; Fredrik; Fredrick's wife, Anne; Desirée's current lover, the Count; and the Count's wife, Charlotte. Both men – as well as their jealous wives – agree to join Desirée and her family for a weekend in the country at Desirée's mother's estate. With everyone in one place, infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises.

This is PBGS's third Sondheim musical - last year we presented A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and in 2014 we presented Into the Woods. With all these Sondheim challenges stretching us, we are thinking we should be called Putteridge Bury Gilbert and Sondheim Society!


This is a rare chance to enjoy this wonderful show and tickets are already selling at The Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin. Buy your tickets online directly from the Theatre here (performances include a Saturday Matinee:


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Monday, 17 September 2018

NODA East District 3 Award for Bryony Reynolds, Nigel Harvey and Elizabeth Bottone for Best Duo/Trio in a Musical

Elizabeth Bottone, Bryony Reynolds and Nigel Harvey in The Gondoliers
PBGS were delighted to receive two Noda East District 3 Awards Nominations this year, both for Best Duo/Trio in a Musical.

Congratulations to Bryony Reynolds, Nigel Harvey and Elizabeth Bottone who were joint winners of the category for their fabulous Duke and Duchess of Plaza Toro and their daughter Casilda in our Spring 2018 production of The Gondoliers

Peter Sayers and Sue Wookey were also nominated in the same category for their performances as Senex and Domina in our Autumn 2017 production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

It's wonderful to see performances from both of these shows nominated after all the hard work put in by everybody. 

Peter Sayers and Sue Wookey in 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Bryony and Sue with their certificates

Thursday, 6 September 2018

A Little Night Music rehearsal photos

Graham Jackson as Count Carl Magnus
Paula Fraser (Desiree) discussing the production with Producer Richard Syms
Some great photos of rehearsals for our October production of  'A Little Night Music'. Thanks Stephen and Al! Our cast are working hard - Sondheim presents many challenges - but it's well worth it to present one of his most loved shows.

Graham Breeze (R) as Frederik with Graham Jackson (L)
Liebeslieders tackle the dancing!
Set in Sweden in 1900, A Little Night Music explores the tangled web of affairs centred around an actress, Desirée Armfeldt, and the men who love her. A Little Night Music is a glorious musical comedy with wit, waltzes and the heartbreaking “Send in the Clowns”. This is a rare chance to enjoy this wonderful show and tickets are already selling at The Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin. Buy your tickets online directly from the Theatre here:

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Photos:
Top and centre © Stephen Hoath
Bottom © Al Saunders

Wednesday, 29 August 2018


Not long now until we bring you one of Sondheim's most popular musicals - A Little Night Music - a difficult show to perform which is really stretching us at rehearsals. But we like a challenge. This will be PBGS's third Sondheim outing following our 2014 production of Into the Woods and our 2017 production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. We are nearly Sondheim experts now!

Set in Sweden in 1900, A Little Night Music explores the tangled web of affairs centred around an actress, Desirée Armfeldt, and the men who love her: a lawyer by the name of Fredrik Egerman and the Count Carl-Magnus Malcom. When the travelling actress performs in Fredrik's town, the estranged lovers' passion rekindles. This strikes a flurry of jealousy and suspicion between Desirée; Fredrik; Fredrick's wife, Anne; Desirée's current lover, the Count; and the Count's wife, Charlotte. Both men – as well as their jealous wives – agree to join Desirée and her family for a weekend in the country at Desirée's mother's estate. With everyone in one place, infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises.

A Little Night Music is a glorious musical comedy with wit, waltzes and the heartbreaking “Send in the Clowns”. This is a rare chance to enjoy this wonderful show and tickets are already selling at The Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin. Buy your tickets online directly from the Theatre here:

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

PBGS opens the International G&S Festival Fringe at Harrogate


PBGS was thrilled to open the Festival Fringe for the 25th Silver Jubilee International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Harrogate with our production of The Gondoliers on Thursday 9th August 2018 at Harrogate Theatre. The Festival is a wonderful event to take part in which stretches every company and PBGS rose to the challenge in style, as you can see from the screen grabs of our performance! The audience must have loved our exuberant all singing and all dancing production as over 40 DVDs were sold the following morning in the Festival shop, and not all to us! Thanks to everyone who made this possible, onstage and off (it takes a lot of dedicated people to put something like this together!), to our lovely appreciative audience and to the International G&S Festival for hosting such a celebration of all things Gilbert and Sullivan. It really was 'too much happiness'.



Monday, 6 August 2018

Harrogate here we come!

Harrogate Theatre

PBGS is delighted to be opening the 25th Silver Jubilee International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Harrogate with our production of The Gondoliers (first showing at the Queen Mother Theatre in Hitchin in April 2018). We will be performing at 2.30pm on Thursday 9th August 2018 at Harrogate Theatre. If you are coming to the Festival please come and cheer us on! You can book tickets for the performance here and it would be lovely to see familiar faces in the audience.

Our production at The Queen Mother Theatre

Rehearsing for Harrogate


Thursday, 26 July 2018

Box Office now open for A Little Night Music!

The Box Office is now open for our next production of Sondheim's A Little Night Music. You can order your tickets by clicking on the button below, anywhere you see it on this site, for full online booking via the Queen Mother Theatre Box Office. For booking queries tel: 01462 455166. 
 
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Monday, 23 July 2018

Noda East District 3 Nominations!


PBGS are delighted to announce two Noda East District 3 Awards Nominations, both for Best Duo/Trio in a Musical: Sue Wookey and Peter Sayers for Domina and Senex in our Autumn 2017 production of 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum', and Nigel Harvey, Bryony Reynolds and Elizabeth Bottone for the Duke and Duchess of Plaza Toro and their daughter Casilda in our Spring 2018 production of 'The Gondoliers'. 

It's wonderful to see performances from both these shows recognised after all the hard work put in by everybody. Congratulations to all those nominated and keep those fingers crossed for awards night in September!
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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Benslow Open Day July 29th


Calling PBGS members! 
Benslow Music Open Day
Sunday July 29th 2018 

We went down a storm at this event last year, generating a lot of interest. The event is from 10.00 – 5.00 (we got two half hour slots last year to sing items from our latest shows.) The setting is the Benslow Music complex in Hitchin – set in four acres of landscaped garden. We need about 8 performers in total and Sue Trost will accompany. Performers should be soloists from either of the two main shows (ALNM and Gondoliers.) We will do a three part performance – Gondoliers, ALNM and Grand Duke or a G and S party piece section. There will be one rehearsal, probably on a Thursday or Monday. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Jon Newham BY THURSDAY JUNE 28TH (jonathan.newham@virgin.net)

Friday, 1 June 2018

Gondoliers in Harrogate


Our next local show may be a Sondheim but before that opens we are returning to G&S and our fabulous all singing, all dancing Gondoliers. On the 9th August our show will be opening the 25th International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival at Harrogate Theatre. To quote Tessa, it's 'too much happiness'. This will be the 5th time PBGS has performed at the Festival, twice in competition and this will be our third production in the Festival Fringe. We would love to see friends in the audience to cheer us on so check out the full Festival What's On Guide Online. 

And here is the link to book those tickets!



Thursday, 3 May 2018

A Little Night Music Cast

We have cast most of Sondheim's A Little Night Music after a really impressive set of auditions from everyone. I think we gave the audition panel a really difficult job with some parts that could have been cast several times over. As you will see from the list below we still need men and you will find audition information in the links below for Carl Magnus, for which there are call backs on the 15th May and Liebeslied singers Mr Lindquist and Mr Erlandson. If you are interested please contact our Chairwoman Paula Fraser at paulafras@aol.com. The cast so far is:

Frederick - Graham Breeze
Desiree - Paula Fraser
Carl Magnus - Brian Miles
Charlotte - Nicole Santlemann
Henrik - Shayn Dickens
Anne Egerman - Bex Badham
Madame Armfeldt - Rachel Thomas
Fredrika - Vikki Rehm/Drew March (understudy and matinee only)
Petra - Jess Hallett
Frid - not yet cast
Liebesleiders:
    Mr Lindquist - Ben Falkiner
    Mr Erlandson - not yet cast
    Mrs Anderssen - Alison Gibbs
    Mrs Nordstrom - Claire Moore
    Mrs Segstrom - Sue Wookey
Bertrand - not yet cast
First Lady - Stevie Gibbs
Second Lady -
Malla - not yet cast
Osa - not yet cast
Night Sprite - Stevie Gibbs

Here is a link to the audition music where you will find info about the men's parts that still need casting:

Audition Music

You will find information about the characters here:

Character Breakdowns

More information, Libretto audition pieces, audition forms and the rehearsal schedule are all here:

A Little Night Music Dropbox Link
Well done everyone!

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Rehearsals at Chalton Village Hall

Next Sunday's (29th April) A Little Night Music rehearsal is your last chance to go through audition pieces before Tuesday's auditions. The rehearsal is at Chalton Village Hall and the address and full directions are given below. They are worth taking note of because we will have some further rehearsals on the 27th May and the 5th June there!





Chalton Village Hall
Waterend Lane
Chalton
LU4 9UL

From the North
Exit M1 at junction 12
At traffic lights turn RIGHT twd Toddington
At 2nd set of traffic lights turn LEFT twd Chalton
Follow road to T-junction and turn LEFT
Follow road for approx 1 mile when you will come into Chalton
Just before The Star pub, turn LEFT into Waterend Lane
The Village Hall is then on your RIGHT

From the South
Exit M1 at junction 11a
At roundabout take 1st exit 
Next roundabout take 3rd exit twd Sundon
Next roundabout take 2nd exit twd Sundon/Luton
Go over bypass
Next roundabout take 1st exit twd Chalton
Road will take you into village
Pass The Star pub on RIGHT
Turn immediately RIGHT into Waterend Lane
Village Hall is on your RIGHT

From Streatley Village Hall
Turn RIGHT out of hall and pass The Chequers on your left
AT T-junction turn LEFT
Follow the road for approx 2.5 miles
Enter LOWER SUNDON
Keep following the road do NOT turn off!
After approx 1 mile you will reach a roundabout take the 2nd exit
Next Roundabout take 2nd exit twd CHALTON
Road will take you into village
Pass The Star pub on RIGHT
Turn immediately RIGHT into Waterend Lane
Village Hall is on your RIGHT