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!

All photos © Sue Wookey

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.

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!