Monday, 26 August 2013

Hornby's Gilbert & Sullivan press-gang seek crew for 'HMS Pinafore'

Poster illustration from original 1878 production

Ahoy there! The Hornby Occasionals (HOs) invite you to spend this coming Autumn and Winter with them on board Gilbert & Sullivan's HMS Pinafore and in the court room of Trial By Jury.

The HOs  are a 30-year old operatic society which performs a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta each year in the Spring at Hornby Institute, where they also meet and rehearse on Friday nights from mid-September, with some Saturday mornings too in the run-up to the show dates.

 Do you enjoy singing and performing?  They are looking for experienced singers for principal roles and all voice types to join the chorus. The HOs particularly need men to crew the ship! Tenors and Bases. If you would like to be involved in the theatre but not perform, volunteers are needed for technical and support team roles too. Backstage crew such as stage management, props, wardrobe and make-up mainly get into full swing a bit later in the production than performers.

A scene from Trial by Jury as illustrated in the magazine
Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News of 1 May 1875
If you have just moved into the area or would like to meet new people, they are certainly a fun and friendly group, and we see from their website that some of them are also putting on an 'Allo, Allo' tribute show later in the Autumn.  (Judging by the excruciating use of accents in the news bulletins it looks as if it's rather a jolly wheeze already, so hang onto your moustaches :-)

The productions of HMS Pinafore and Trial By Jury will be performed on Wednesday 26th to Saturday 29th March 2014.

Rehearsals commence on Friday 13th September in Hornby Institute at 7.30pm. What could possibly go wrong?
For more information please visit or give the Secretary, Christine Turner, a call on 01524 221740.

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