Your chance to take to the stage as Society plans two shows

The Manx Gilbert and Sullivan Society performed High Society in 2013

The Manx Gilbert and Sullivan Society performed High Society in 2013

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Anyone whose New Year resolution is to try something new or star on the stage is in luck: open auditions for the Manx Gilbert and Sullivan Society are to take place.

The Society plans to perform two very contrasting musical productions in 2014.

On March 15 there will be an afternoon tea followed by a concert version of The Pirates of Penzance, a very popular Gilbert and Sullivan show with loads of well known songs and chorus’s to enjoy.

The Society’s 2010 production of the musical received five nominations for awards at the National Operatic and Dramatic Association in the North West region.

The concert will take place at St Andrew’s Church hall in Douglas.

The Society’s main production this year will be staged at the Gaiety Theatre, Douglas, from October 15 to 18, and is going to be Calamity Jane, a lively musical with lots of chorus work and some great principal parts.

The music from this show contains such classics as Secret Love, Black Hills of Dakota and Deadwood Stage, to name but a few.

The film version starred Doris Day and Howard Keel.

For both productions, the director will be Val Cowley who is also chairman of the Society. John Elliott, Society president, will be the musical director and Marilyn Cannell will be the official accompanist.

There will be open auditions for both productions and any further information regarding such can be obtained from Val Cowley on 624387.

The first rehearsal for The Pirates of Penzance will be on Friday, January 10, at All Saints hall in Douglas at 7.30pm.

The Society has social events throughout the year and look forward to welcoming both new members and some ‘old’ members who are welcome to return.

Society meetings are held every Friday at 7.30pm at All Saints Church hall in Alexandra Drive in Douglas.

The Society also runs a supporters scheme where, for a small donation, customers can have priority bookings and receive news about events.

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