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

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

A Little Night Music Launch and Auditions


We are very exited to present our next show, Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. This will be PBGS's third production of a Sondheim musical, in 2014 we did Into the Woods and last year we presented his Roman comedy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
  • Our launch night for the show will be on Tuesday, 10th April 2018 at 7.45pm at Streatley Village Hall. See our Contact Us page for directions.
  • Auditions are Tuesday 1st May at 7.45pm at Streatley Village Hall.
  • Performances will be from 10th to 13th October 2018 at The Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin.
Our production team are Bryony Reynolds (Director), Richard Fraser (Assistant Director) and Derek Blyth (Musical Director). They are looking forward to presenting their vision of the show to you at our launch.

You will find information about the different characters here. And you will find most of the information you need about the show, audition pieces and the audition application form at this Dropbox Link (audition music has its own folder which you will see if you follow the link and there is now an additional Lib Audition piece for Madam Armfeldt which you will find here). Music and Lib are for reference only, please learn your pieces from the scores and books when you receive them. Libretti and vocal scores are expensive to replace so there will be a refundable deposit of £10 for each book taken from rehearsals. Payment will need to be made on the launch night.

PBGS holds open auditions and welcomes new members. We are particularly looking for men to join us in this production. Please contact paulafras@aol.com if you want more information or would like to come along to the launch.
Set in 1900 Sweden, A Little Night Music explores the tangled web of affairs centred around 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 traveling 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 full of hilariously witty and heartbreakingly moving moments of adoration, regret and desire and contains Sondheim's popular song, the haunting "Send in the Clowns."

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Sunday, 25 March 2018

Thank you to our audiences


A huge thank you to all of you who came and supported us this week. Your feedback has been wonderful and it's great to know you enjoyed your sojourn in Venice with The Gondoliers so much. Many thanks too to all of you who have helped backstage and front of house. What would we do without you? It's been a great week, though somewhat exhausting with all that vigorous dancing! We still have one performance left - on 9th August in Harrogate when we open the Fringe at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival.

Now we finally know who the King of Barataria actually is we can move on. Our next show will be Sondheim's A Little Night Music - more on that coming soon! You will find full details about the show in this post here. Launch night for the show will be on Tuesday, 10th April 2018 at 7.45pm at Streatley Village Hall. See our Contact Us page for directions.


Photos: XMO4 Productions

Friday, 16 March 2018

One week to go!


Not long until our production of Gilbert and Sullivan's sparking Venetian comedy opens at the QMT, Hitchin. One of their most popular operettas, we are very excited about this production which is full to the brim with wonderful singing and rather a lot of lively dancing! Never has the Cachucha been so cachuchaed.
The two most eligible bachelors in Venice, Marco and Giuseppe, are told that they were muddled up as young boys by their foster parent, with one of them being the new King of Barataria. They are delighted with the prospect and agree to share the job of being King in their new world until they can find out who is the real King. But it all gets very complicated when the Duke and Duchess of Plaza Toro announce that their beautiful daughter, Casilda, was married to the King when she was a baby. The problem is that Marco and Giuseppe have just got married to two local girls – Gianetta and Tessa – and Casilda is in love with her father’s servant, Luiz. How will they ever untangle the knot?
The Ladies Chorus hope to win Marco and Guiseppe
Tickets are selling very fast so book now from the QMT to ensure you get the day you want. And don't forget we are doing a Saturday Matinee:


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Monday, 5 March 2018

Our 'A Little Night Music' production team


PBGS is proud to announce the production team for our next show, Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music:

Director – Bryony Reynolds
Assistant Director – Richard Fraser
Musical Director – Derek Blyth.

Performances will be from 10th to 13th October 2018 at The Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin.

Launch night for the show will be on Tuesday, 10th April 2018 at 7.45pm at Streatley Village Hall. See our Contact Us page for directions.

PBGS holds open auditions and welcomes new members. Audition date and information to be provided soon – watch this space! Please contact paulafras@aol.com if you want more information or would like to come along.
Set in 1900 Sweden, A Little Night Music explores the tangled web of affairs centered around 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 traveling 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 full of hilariously witty and heartbreakingly moving moments of adoration, regret and desire and contains Sondheim's popular song, the haunting "Send in the Clowns."

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Introducing the Ducal Party

Duke of Plaza Toro - Nigel Harvey
Duchess of Plaza Toro - Bryony Reynolds
Some great Gondoliers rehearsal photos to tease you, this time of our Ducal Party - the Duke and Duchess of Plaza Toro (Ltd) and their beautiful daughter Casilda. If you want to know why the Duchess is wearing what looks like aircraft wings you will have to come and see the show!


Casilda - Liz Bottone
Tickets for 'The Gondoliers are selling fast so book yours now direct from The Queen Mother Theatre:


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Friday, 16 February 2018

The Gondoliers explained....



Our very own Duchess of Plaza Toro has graciously consented to be filmed at home to explain to you the plot of The Gondoliers. Now all will be as clear as the canals of Venice.

Tickets are selling fast so book yours now direct from The Queen Mother Theatre:

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

'List and learn...'


'List and learn ye dainty roses, roses white and roses red...' our production of The Gondoliers is shaping up ready to launch our gondola on the 21st March. Dainty roses L to R: Katharine Crew as 'Guilia', Nicole Santelmann as 'Vittoria' and Emma Crew as 'Tessa'. And a maybe not so dainty Richard Fraser in the middle.

We've been working very hard to present a show which is as full of dancing as it is with gorgeous music. Even those of us with two left feet have been learning how to turn one into a right one under our Producer extrordinaire (and Marco!), Graham Breeze. Make sure you don't miss out on a ticket by booking early - The Gondoliers is one Gilbert & Sullivan's most popular operettas and we can guarantee that you will never ever see a cachucha so, well, cachuched.

Tickets available now from the QMT:

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Merry Christmas... and our Gondoliers Box Office is now open!


A very Merry Christmas to all of you from all of us at PBGS. And a heartfelt thanks for all the support we've received this year from our audiences, our committee, our patrons, The Queen Mother Theatre and all members on stage and behind the scenes. It takes a lot of people to make a successful show!

The QMT Box Office is already open for our 2018 Hitchin production of The Gondoliers which we are performing at the Queen Mother Theatre on 21st - 24th March (including a Saturday Matinee). We will also performing the show the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Harrogate on Thursday 9th August at Harrogate Theatre. The QMT tickets are already selling! You can book via the QMT at any time by pressing on the Buy Tickets Online Button which you will find at the top right of every page of our website.

We are looking forward to seeing you all in Venice and Barataria in the New Year. Rehearsals are well underway as you can see from these photos from Sunday's dance rehearsal:



Photos: Stephen Hoath

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Gondoliers needed!


PBGS urgently need more tenors and basses for our next production of 'The Gondoliers' which we are performing at the Queen Mother Theatre in Hitchin from 21st - 24th March 2018 and again at the International G&S Festival in Harrogate on the 9th August 2018. If you can do both or either we would love to hear from you! No Gondola steering skills required....

Please email us on info@pbgs.org or come along after Christmas to one of our rehearsals and introduce yourself. You will find details here on our Contact Us page.

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Monday, 6 November 2017

Gondoliers cast

Thank you to everyone who came and auditioned for our production of 'The Gondoliers', the standard was so high we made it very difficult for the Auditioning Panel who could have cast the show successfully several time over! Many congratulations to our new cast which is:

Duke of Plaza Toro - Nigel Harvey
Duchess of Plaza Toro - Bryony Reynolds
Luiz - Ian Boughton
Casilda - Liz Bottone
Don Alhambra Del Bolero - Peter Davis
Marco Palmiero – still to be cast
Giueseppe Palmiero - Stephen Hoath
Gianetta – Hitchin: Claire Moore
Gianetta – Harrogate: Paula Fraser
Tessa - Emma Crew
Antonio - Richard Dean
Francesco - Joe Emler
Giorgio - Jon Newham
Annibale – Hitchin: Barny Shergold
Annibale – Harrogate: Rob Jones
Fiametta - Bex Badham
Vittoria
Nicole Santelmann  
Giulia - Katharine Crew
Inez - Catherine Harvey


It's going to be a great show!

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Time to book your PBGS Christmas Meal!



'Tis nearly the season to be jolly again (where did the year go?). The PBGS Christmas Meal is almost upon us and this year it will be at The Chequers at Westoning on Tuesday December 19th at 8.00pm. Total cost will be £26 per person for three courses with a deposit of £10 per person payable  as soon as possible. Take a look at the Christmas Menu (link below for full version) and send your choices and deposits pronto to Jon Newham, who is coordinating the festivities, at jonathan.newham@virgin.net!


http://thechequerswestoning.co.uk/menus/christmas-menu-2017.pdf


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Gondoliers Auditions



Time to get down to casting our next show! Gondoliers auditions are on Sunday 5th November from 3pm at Streatley Village Hall. For those who can't make that date, there will be an opportunity to have your audition videoed after our rehearsal on Tuesday 31st October. This will be viewed by the auditioning panel on the Sunday along with the other auditions.

You will find all the audition information you need here.

Audition forms need to be handed in to Paula no later than 10pm on Tuesday 31st October and auditionees need to be members or pay an audition fee in advance.

We are performing The Gondoliers at the Queen Mother Theatre in Hitchin on 21st - 24th March and again at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Harrogate on Thursday 9th August at Harrogate Theatre. We will be opening the Festival! Please specify if you can do either or both as we are auditioning for Hitchin and Harrogate at the same time.

Time to launch our gondola...

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Thank you to our audiences and our next show!


A big thank to all of you who came and supported our production of  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - your laughter made all the hard work and madcap running around worthwhile. We've had a wonderful week presenting it to you with as much fun-off stage as on. It was indeed 'something for everyone'.

Our next production will be Gilbert and Sullivan's glorious The Gondoliers, 21-24 March 2018, so we will be staying in Italy but moving to Venice where the streets, 'due to an unusually wet season', appear to be flooded. And in August we will be taking our Gondoliers production to the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Harrogate. More on that exciting news to come!

We launch Gondoliers on Tuesday 17th October when Director Graham Breeze and Musical Director Sue Trost will be telling us all about the production and taking us through the music. The sing-through is always huge fun. If you would like to join us for Gondoliers, both on stage and off, new members are always made welcome. Just come along and introduce yourself. You will find contact and rehearsal details here.



Photos: XMO4

Friday, 29 September 2017

A funny thing happened... we open next week!


Not long now! We can't wait to present this show to you - hilarious farce, mistaken identities, conniving slaves, dancing courtesans, love, lust and wonderful Sondheim music. It really has 'something for everyone, a comedy tonight'! Our cast have worked very hard and are hoping all our PBGS regulars will support us. And tell all your friends because this will be a great night out.
Sondheim’s uproarious tribute to ancient Roman theatre and classic vaudeville follows crafty slave Pseudolus as he seeks to win his freedom by helping his hapless master woo the virgin courtesan next door who has, unfortunately, been promised to another suitor.

Hysteria ensues with a nagging wife, a war-drunk soldier and stolen twins! Filled with mistaken identities, clever wordplay, and slamming doors, Broadway’s favourite musical farce stands the test of time, combining fast-paced, irreverent humour with witty, upbeat music to deliver “something for everyone, a comedy tonight!”
Forum will be on at The Queen Mother Theatre in Hitchin from 4th - 7th October. Tickets are still available, especially for Saturday night. Click the 'Buy' button below to be sure of your seat.

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Forum Rehearsal photos

Bryony Reynolds as Pseudolous
Some great photos of our Sunday rehearsal taken by member Stephen Hoath. We are having huge fun working on 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum' and are really looking forward to presenting it to you in October. It's full of wonderful Sondheim tunes and has a madcap plot which has had us in stitches. It has 'Nothing that's formal, nothing that's normal, something for everyone, a comedy tonight!' Sums it up really! Pseudolous, a Roman slave, tries to gain her freedom through a series of ever more convoluted fibs. 'Pantaloons and tunics, courtesans and eunuchs, funerals and chases, baritones and basses...' you name it, we've got it. Forum will be on at The Queen Mother Theatre in Hitchin from 4th - 7th October. Click the 'Buy' button below to be sure of your seat.

Joe Emler as Hero and Elle-Louise Berrie as Philia
Barny Shergold as Miles Gloriosus
Bryony Reynolds as Pseudolous, Elle-Louise Berrie as Philia, Jon Newham as Erronius, Barny Shergold as Miles Gloriosus and Peter Sayers as Senex
With Director Mandy Sayers and MD Jane Stott

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Saturday, 2 September 2017

Forum Photoshoot!


A few of us got together for some Roman shenanigans in fabulous Wrest Park last weekend, trying to capture the madcap spirit of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum without frightening the visitors!

We romped around the Roman Columns of the Bowling Green House (very grand), said hello to a few urns and outdid Benny Hill chasing each other around assorted statues. We even persuaded a few visitors to come to the show! If you were wondering why there was a Roman Soldier ambling alongside the Long Water, now you know.


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a fast paced farce that promises to have audiences rolling on the floor. Taken straight from the roots of comedy, Forum combines the ancient comedies of Plautus with a vaudevillian delivery. The Slave Pseudolos schemes to win the heart of the beautiful virgin, Philia, for his young master, Hero. In exchange, Hero will grant Pseudolos his freedom once and for all. However, things are never as easy as they seem. Chaos ensues with hair-brained schemes, cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and convoluted plot twists. One of the funniest musicals ever written, Forum promises '"something for everyone: a comedy tonight!"
 On at the Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin from the 4th - 7th October, including a Saturday Matinee.

Book your tickets now direct from The Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin by clicking wherever you see our BUY button.




Monday, 31 July 2017

Forum Box Office now open!


The Box Office is now open for our fabulous production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Forum is a madcap, hilarious romp by Stephen Sondheim and is pure Roman farce, made into a successful film in 1966 staring Zero Mostel as the Roman slave Pseodolos - "the lyingest, cheatingest, sloppiest slave in all of Rome".
Sondheim’s uproarious tribute to ancient Roman theatre and classic vaudeville follows crafty slave Pseudolus as he seeks to win his freedom by helping his hapless master woo the virgin courtesan next door who has, unfortunately, been promised to another suitor.


Hysteria ensues with a nagging wife, a war-drunk soldier and stolen twins! Filled with mistaken identities, clever wordplay, and slamming doors, Broadway’s favourite musical farce stands the test of time, combining fast-paced, irreverent humour with witty, upbeat music to deliver “something for everyone, a comedy tonight!”
Book your tickets now direct from The Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin by clicking wherever you see our BUY button.

http://www.queenmothertheatre.org.uk/whatson/event/303263-a-funny-thing-forum/

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PBGS Noda Nominations!


PBGS is delighted to announce that members have been nominated in the Noda East – District 3 awards in four categories for our recent production of The Pirates of Penzance and also for a performance in The Merry Widow:

Best Director - Richard Fraser (Pirates)

Best Musical Director - Graham Thompson (Pirates)

Best Male in a Musical - David Crew as the Major General (Pirates) and Baron Zeta (Widow)

Most Interesting Grouping - Bryony Growden, Emma Crew and Katharine Crew as Edith, Kate and Isabel (Pirates).

Many thanks to our rep, Nova Horley, and congratulations on the nominations to Richard, Graham, David, Bryony, Emma and Katharine, you did us proud!



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