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

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...