Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Putteridge Bury G&S Society goes International with friends!


Our 2013 production of Trial by Jury
Our amazing Fairy tale Trial by Jury received acclaim from audiences and NODA regional nominations, so what better way to celebrate this than to present it at the biggest International Festival of them all - and this time, with friends! On the 22nd August 2015 at 2.30pm, this society with be performing our production of Trial by Jury at Harrogate Theatre as part of the Fringe event for the International Festival of Gilbert and Sullivan.

But this time we will form a unique partnership with Wolverton Gilbert & Sullivan Society who are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year by taking their production of The Zoo to perform on the same afternoon. In a unique opportunity, performers are able to perform in both productions if they wish, working with different Musical Directors and Directors. It is a marvellous opportunity to see other amateur and professional companies performing top quality G&S shows, to listen to speakers about the world of Gilbert & Sullivan, and a social event for morning to night as a celebration of all things G&S.

YOU CAN BE THERE! If you want to perform or help backstage at the Festival in one or both of the shows, please contact paulafras@aol.com.

BUT it is just as important to have supporters as audience to cheer us on. If you want to see us, then further information is available at www.gsfestivals.org

Rehearsals will take place from mid-July (Fridays for The Zoo in Stony Stratford and Sundays and Tuesdays for Trial by Jury in Streatley).

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Sunday, 8 February 2015

Pinafore Audition results

Congratulation to everyone after some very strong auditions! Here is our cast for our summer show, HMS Pinafore:

Sir Joseph Porter - Peter Sayers
Captain Corcoran - Graham Breeze
Buttercup - Catherine Harvey
Ralph Rackstraw - Brian Miles
Josphine - Paula Fraser
Dick Deadeye - Paul Blunt
Boatswain - Roy Bride
Carpenter - Peter Johnson
Hebe - shared by Louise Thonger, Nicole Santleman and other to be announced

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

HMS Pinafore


After our 'Enchanted Evening', which was a sparkling success thanks to a lot of hard work, a full house and a wonderful audience, we are now full steam ahead for HMS Pinafore!

Tonight is our launch night - there will be a chance to meet our Director and Musical Director and hear about their vision for an unique PBGS show! It will be also be a chance for a jolly good Pinafore singalong.

Auditions for HMS Pinafore will be at 3pm on Sunday 8th February at Streatley Village Hall. If you click on the links below you will find all the information you need about the characters, audition pieces and also our audition slip:

HMS Pinafore Audition Schedule
HMS Pinafore Audition Slip

Everyone is welcome to come and 'sail the ocean blue' at tonight's launch and we look forward to seeing friends old and new for our next adventure.

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

5 days to go...

....until our Concert, An Enchanted Evening!


Don't forget, full Online Booking is now available!

Just click on the BUY TICKETS button wherever you see it to be taken straight to our new PBGS Box Office! You can then place your order and make a secure payment via Paypal.
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You can also still ring our 07946 264886 number.

An Enchanted Evening
24th January 2015
St Mary's Church, Pirton

Thursday, 15 January 2015

HMS Pinafore Auditions

The next show after our Pirton Concert will be Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore, 3rd - 6th June 2015. 

Auditions will be held on Sunday 8th February at 3pm at Streatley Village Hall. More details to follow shortly!

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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all our Friends and Members!

We are kicking off 2015 with a musical treat – there are only 4 weeks to go to our January 24th Concert, An Enchanted Evening at St Mary's Church, Pirton.


It’s now time to book to make sure of your tickets. Just click on the BUY TICKETS button wherever you see it on our website to be taken straight to the PBGS Box Office. You can also still ring our 07946 264886 number.

Before we say goodbye to 2014 completely, here is a look back over what has been a wonderful and challenging year for PBGS:

Alison directing the ladies chorus in The Mikado
In April we revisited one of our most favourite G&S places, the town of Titipu, in a sparkling production of The Mikado from Director Alison Gibbs and Musical Director Sue Trost. The audience queued at the door to get in and we could tell by the laughter that they loved every minute.

Into the Woods at the Queen Mother Theatre
In October we ventured Into the Woods clutching our Sondheim scores, following the pathway through the thickets forged by our trusty guides, Director Richard Syms and Musical Director Margaret Johnson, and managed to emerge triumphantly out of them again. Like the characters we felt we’d lived the fairy tale journey!

Along the way we elected two Presidents to keep us in order, Anne and Tony Critchley, saw David Crew awarded 'Best Male Performance in a Musical' in the 2014 Noda East District 3 Awards for his wonderful performance as Pooh Bah, and won runner up for 'Most Colourful and Suitable Costumes' for The Mikado.

David Crew demonstrates the abject grovel
Brian Miles stepped up and took on the mantle of Chairman at our November AGM, and with some techy help from Vice Chairman, Barny Shergold, we developed a new online booking system so you can now order and pay for your tickets directly through our website.

We also said a sad goodbye to 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.

This is a good time to say thanks to all the people behind the scenes and on stage who work so hard to make our Shows successful and also to say thanks to all our Friends and Audiences who support us through the year. We wish you all a very Happy and Musical New Year!

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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Merry Christmas!


A very Merry Christmas to all our members and to all our audiences and friends!

We are looking forward to seeing you all again in the New Year for an evening of wonderful music at St Mary's in Pirton.

An Enchanted Evening
24th January 2015
St Mary's Church, Pirton 
 
 

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

HMS Pinafore Flash Mob in New York

A taste of our June 2015 Show with the NY Gilbert and Sullivan Players flash mobbing HMS Pinafore in New York. G&S rocks! All together now.... 'a British Tar....'

 

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Friday, 12 December 2014

PBGS Christmas Meal!


Christmas is coming! We had our PBGS Christmas Meal at the Raven in Hexton last night. Great evening and great company, rounded off with a surprise visit from Father Christmas! All those actually wearing their paper hats and sporting festive jumpers get extra Christmas Stars.


Sunday, 7 December 2014

Full Online Booking now available!

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Full online booking through our website is now available thanks to some whizzy techy work behind the scenes. To buy your tickets for An Enchanted Evening just click on the BUY TICKETS button wherever you see it to be taken straight to our new PBGS Box Office! You can then place your order and make a secure payment via Paypal.

You can also still ring our 07946 264886 number.

An Enchanted Evening
24th January 2015
St Mary's Church, Pirton 
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Saturday, 6 December 2014

Booking open!


Telephone booking is now open for our January concert, An Enchanted Evening, a concert of popular music from Musicals, Opera and Gilbert and Sullivan which we know you will love!

Tickets are £10 and proceeds from refreshments will go to our beautiful venue, St Mary's Church, Pirton.


An Enchanted Evening
24th January 2015
St Mary's Church, Pirton

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Our Presidents Elected!

Our Presidents, Anne and Tony Critchley
Many congratulations to Anne and Tony Critchley who have moved from being our Presidents Elect to our Presidents Elected (with overwhelming enthusiasm) at last night's AGM.

This may be a tad of a step down for Anne and Tony as, since our Production of Princess Ida at the Buxton International Festival in 2004, they have been known as Queen Anne and King Tony. Frankly, when it came to supporting us through all the ins and outs of it, they ruled! Anne deserves a special mention for dealing with bags full of wet woolly knitted chain mail. And their support for all things PBGS has been staunch ever since in many practical and important ways. I don't know about everyone else at Putt, but when they turn up at a rehearsal I try extra hard so they can see what we are really capable of. The best kind of Presidents are the ones you want to make proud.

In other words, we don't know what we'd do without them!
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Monday, 24 November 2014

PBGS AGM

Just to remind everybody that the PBGS AGM will be this Tuesday 25th November at 7.45pm, at Streatley Village Hall. The AGM will be followed by a rehearsal for our next production, An Enchanted Evening.


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

An Enchanted Evening


Rehearsals have just started for our next musical offering, An Enchanted Evening, a concert of popular music which we know you will love and which will showcase the wide range of singing talent we have in PBGS. Something for everyone! The venue will be the beautiful St Mary's Church in Pirton. We will be presenting pieces from opera with some Carmen and La Traviata, operetta, musicals - both modern and a medley of Rodgers and Hammerstein - and, of course, Gilbert and Sullivan with excerpts from Iolanthe and from our coming June 2015 production of HMS Pinafore.

Tickets will be £10 and due to some whizzy work behind the scenes you will be able to order them directly through our website as soon as booking opens. More to come on that soon!

'An Enchanted Evening'
Saturday 24th January 2015
St Mary's Church, Pirton SG5 3QE
Tickets £10
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Monday, 3 November 2014

Into the Woods Review


We now have Nova Horley's review of our October production of Into the Woods:
'I wondered if Into the Woods might be a bit ambitious for PBGS, as it is so totally different to G&S – but overall I think they pulled it off. I found it was enjoyable, with lots of humour brought out – and because it was pared back to be fairly simplistic, it worked, and was well within their capabilities...
...I’m normally not a fan of Into the Woods, but found this a clear and precise production, with some genuinely funny moments and thought the cast did very well with a difficult show.'
Read the rest of Nova's review here.

Many thanks Nova!
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Sunday, 12 October 2014

A big thank you to our audiences!


Well - we did! We went Into the Woods and have come successfully out the other side after a fantastic week at the Queen Mother Theatre. A big thank you to all our audiences who came and supported us. I think you'll all agree that it was a magical experience which showcased the huge range of talent we are lucky enough to have at PBGS. For us it was tremendous group effort that will live in our hearts and minds for a very long time.

So after Sondheim, what next? Well - we have plenty lined up for you. In January we will be giving a concert 'Some Enchanted Evening' which will be a mix of classical pieces, musical theatre and G&S. There will be something for everyone! It will include ensembles from Carmen and Rigoletto, along with musical favourites and excerpts from Iolanthe and HMS Pinafore. Watch this space for more details about this concert coming very soon.

And from 3 - 6 June we will be presenting our next show, HMS Pinafore. This will be a Pinafore with a twist as we are performing the lively Australian Essgee version!


Into the Woods photos ©XM04 Production Photography

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Into the Woods Opening Tonight!!!


Well, it's finally here! We are off Into the Woods for real. The set and the lighting looked magical at our dress rehearsal last night and we know we have a fantastic show to present to you. A beanstalk that grows, a maiden in a tower, a terrifying witch and ghosts in trees. How can you resist?

Join us in the Woods – book your tickets now via the Queen Mother Theatre!

Into the Woods
8th – 11th October
Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin 


Saturday, 4 October 2014

More from our 'Into the Woods' photoshoot...

Richard Fraser as Rapunzel's Prince
4 Days to go! We are nearly Into the Woods - 6 months of hard work on one of Sondheim’s most challenging scores is really paying off and the cast sounded terrific at our last rehearsal. The character’s journeys have become our journey as we’ve travelled with them over past weeks. We are looking forward to sharing what we’ve discovered with you.
‘Once upon a time,’ the stories would begin... no particular time, fictional time, fairy-story time. This is a doorway; if you are lucky, you go through it as a child, aurally, before you can read, and if you are very lucky, you become a free citizen of an ancient republic and can come and go as you please.
- Sara Maitland: Gossip from the Forest 
‘Into the Woods’ is one of these marvellous doorways: a gateway to the imagination where we have been travelling freely to discover that every fairy-tale leads inwards to a deeper truth.
‘Into the Woods where nothing’s clear, where Witches, Ghosts and Wolves appear, into the Woods and through the fear, you have to take the journey...’
Rhiannon Gibbs as Red Riding Hood
Red and the Wolf
Join us in the Woods – book your tickets now via the Queen Mother Theatre or by clicking on the link on the top right of this page.


Into the Woods
8th – 11th October
Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin
All photos © PBGS

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Working on Into the Woods!

Paula Fraser singing the Witch
One week before we all go Into The Woods! As you can see, we are all working very hard to make this one of our best shows ever. Sondheim's complex work is a big challenge for any Society but a very rewarding one both for us and for our audiences. Most of us have become wedded to our scores, as you can see below! All the better to entertain you with, as the Wolf might say.

We are looking forward to presenting this Show so much - it will be a wonderful musical and dramatic experience that will be hard to forget. Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment via the Queen Mother Theatre or by clicking on the link on the top right of this page.
 
Into the Woods
8th – 11th October
Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin

Richard Syms, our Director with Graham Breeze (The Baker) and Margaret Johnson (MD)
Studying the score!!!