Welcome to new members and prospective members of Preston Gilbert & Sullivan Society. Are you new to G&S? If you already love G&S you will find that performing with us, or helping in other ways to put shows and concerts on, is very, very rewarding – addictive even. If you know little or nothing about G&S, you will find a whole new world of wonderful melodic music, combined with great wit, humour and good natured satire. Either way we hope that you will find that we are a great bunch of very supportive friends – almost like a family in fact! If you already see yourself as a performer, G&S is an excellent way of developing your skills. If you have not thought of yourself as a performer, you will probably be very pleasantly surprised at what you can achieve with us.
Non performing members. The Society would particularly like to encourage non-singing members to join. For historical reasons, we have rather become a group of performers, and this tends to put a great deal of pressure on our currently rather small band of helpers for prompt, costume, make up, scenery, lighting, sound, stage management, publicity, transport, ticket and programme sales, bar staffing, making brews, etc. We would really love to see you, even if you think that singing is not for you!
Social Calendar and other activities. The Society endeavours to run a programme of social events alongside the schedule of rehearsals. Preston G&S Society is one of the select set of performing companies that have made the Preston Playhouse a home and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved with the working of the Playhouse and developing it as a performing venue for Preston G&S and the other companies using the theatre.
Costs. We are a registered charity, seeking year by year to just balance income and expenditure and put a little into reserves against a rainy day. Our annual subscription is £50 and payment can be by instalments. We expect you to buy a score, approximate price £10, for the show or you may be able to borrow a copy from a library or other source. While the Society normally provides the bulk of show costumes and some makeup, we may expect you to provide some costume items, makeup foundation, makeup brushes and similar Items yourself. You will also need to provide yourself with suitable footwear for performing. Non performing members the cost is £25.
For concerts, you will need to provide yourself with ‘black and white’ costume. For men, this is black shoes, jacket and trousers, white shirt and black or coloured bow tie. For women, this is black shoes, long black skirt, white blouse with the Society providing a coloured silk or similar scarf.For more information please contact: – Membership Secretary Sue 01772 454774