Gaslight Newsletter – February 2019

Dear Members

It has indeed been a week of awards! During the early hours of Monday morning (South African time) the world once again waited in anticipation to see the outcome of the Annuals Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars. There were the usual shocks and surprises and for the next couple of months the discussions, laughs and gossiping will no doubt continue. Was it really better without an official host? (Not sure.) Was Green Book a worthy winner? (I thought so.) What about Olivia Colman blowing a raspberry in the middle of her acceptance speech? (Delightful.) And then the big one – are they or aren’t they – Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, that is. (Verdict on that one still out!)

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South Pacific Cast Announcement

After many hours and seeing a lot of incredible talent,we can finally reveal the cast list for South Pacific. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time and effort to audition, and also to our audition panel for managing the difficult task of casting the show. Continue reading

Praise for Ruddigore

The G&S production of Ruddigore has received praise from audiences and critics alike.

“There are uncommonly pretty costumes and decor. This time the highlight is the paintings of the ancestors that suddenly come to life,” writes Mariana Malan in Die Burger. Continue reading

South Pacific comes to Cape Town in 2019

It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce that the Board has given approval for the major Cape Town G&S production for 2019 which will be the perennial favorite, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific”.  This enchanting musical has not graced the boards in Cape Town theatres for many years and is sure to be a runaway success.  The run is planned for the ArtsCape Opera House for July/August 2019.  Exact dates, director, musical director and audition requirements will follow in due course. Continue reading

First Music Literacy Course

Our resident musical genius, Alastair Cockburn, earlier this years presented a first for G&S – a musical literacy course to assist members who don’t read music – as well as for those who needed a refresher. Based on the feedback we received it was a resounding success and it hopefully was the first of many more. I asked some of the attendees to share their thoughts with us.

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