Rehearsals started & Principals cast
Rehearsals for H.M.S. Pinafore and Trial By Jury are now well and truly underway, overseen by David Wright, our Musical Director and Ian Henderson, the new GOS Stage Director.
It’s a new and exciting challenge for the cast working with a new Director, some of whom had only ever been directed by Pat O’Connell before, however the friendly, welcoming style exuded by Ian soon had everyone at their ease and ready to put in the hard work required to learn some rather complicated choreography. Ian is definitely keeping both the male and female Chorus on their toes!
This year also saw a bit of a shake up with casting for GOS and with two shows to find principals for, the Audition panel really had their hands full. Luckily GOS is blessed with an abundance of home-grown talent and all principal parts were unanimously filled with members of the Society.
Godalming Bandstand Concert
The Society took part in a Sunday Bandstand concert in Godalming on June 17th in conjunction with the Haslemere and Godalming brass bands conducted by David Wright. Despite the poor weather, there was a good attendance.
Farewell to Pat O’Connell
Pat O’Connell, our Director for the last twelve years, has stepped down, having directed the whole G&S canon (other than Thespis) for us.
The occasion was marked by a farewell dinner and concert featuring songs from all of the shows he has directed for us.