Kirkcaldy Gilbert & Sullivan Society

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KGASS: introducing Giuseppe and Marco

Kirkcaldy Gilbert & Sullivan Society are delighted to introduce Giuseppe and Marco, the company mascots for their 2020 production of The Gondoliers at The Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy.

This handsome pair of gondoliers set sail from Venice in search of an island fair and found themselves pulling ashore near the seal sanctuary at Seafield, Kirkcaldy. After their long journey they found a lovely spot in a land lover's garden in which to rest their weary limbs. The sun was out that day and they decided there and then that they would stay with us until the show in March 2020.

Kirkcaldy Gilbert & Sullivan Society are now looking for your ideas and suggestions for the best places to show our two Italian gondoliers that they have arrived in one of the most attractive parts of our island fair. Do you know the best places to visit in Kirkcaldy and its surrounding areas? We are looking for restaurants, tourist attractions, goods and service providers (after all they may need to restock their gondola...), anything you can think of. Maybe you have an Italian connection and you want to meet Giuseppe and Marco for a wee blether?

All recommendations welcome at: suggestions.giuseppe.marco@gmail.com

In other news, it's not too late to join our chorus of contadine and gondoliers. We rehearse every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Hunter Hall, Kirk Wynd, Kirkcaldy. For more information about Kirkcaldy Gilbert & Sullivan Society and The Gondoliers 2020 please visit our website at: www.kirkgandss.co.uk, search for us on Facebook at: KGASS - Kirkcaldy Gilbert & Sullivan Society, or just show up to our next rehearsal this Tuesday!

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After a recommendation from one of our own members, Marco and Giuseppe had their first outing last weekend.

They joined 13 other adventurous souls atop the Forth Bridge for a once in a lifetime trip with ‘Your View 2019’ which was organised by Barnardos. With help from their partners: NetworkRail, Balfour Beatty and The Briggers (who donated their time and resources for free), all funds went to this excellent charity.

On the day, after registration, Marco and Giuseppe visited the information cabin to gain a history of the Forth Bridge and how it was built. Next, the excitement built up tremendously as the humans were given their safety talk, a high-viz jacket and a hard hat. It was deemed unnecessary for our bears to wear safety gear…after all, they are bears! Then, it was the moment everyone was waiting for - they were ushered into the pulley / lift and hoisted 110m up onto the viewing platforms. After admiring the spectacular views the photographer took pictures of all the humans, which were presented as a free memento, with a certificate, to each participant, after they came back down to Earth.

Whilst at the top, Marco and Giuseppe enjoyed 360 degree panoramic views of the Forth, its islands, and its other world famous bridges. The weather was on their side for this sensational trip and here they are, sat on the bridge looking out at the two road bridges as they emerged from the morning mist.

They both want to say a big ‘thank you’ to Barnardos for creating a wonderful, once in a lifetime, experience that they will never forget.

If you have any suggestions for where they should visit next please email:

suggestions.giuseppe.marco.@gmail.com

For more information about Kirkcaldy Gilbert & Sullivan Society and / or their next show: The Gondoliers, please contact us via our Facebook page or website: kirkgandss.co.uk

If you would like to place an advert in our show brochure and receive an in person visit from the bears please email Anne on: anne.duncan@hotmail.co.uk

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Marco and Giuseppe have had a fine month exploring Kirkcaldy and its surrounding areas, once again, and as we move into November their thoughts have begun to turn towards Christmas and where to spend it. Both have been feeling a little homesick recently and decided that they would like to visit their beloved families, back home in Venice, for the festive season. Fear ye not, they are only going back for a short visit. As they have fallen in love with Kirkcaldy, and made so many friends here at KGASS, they are not ready to return home for good, yet.

During a tasty lunch at Pan e Vino, recommended by Patricia Standen, the boys discussed what gifts to buy for their loved ones as well as how best to get back to them. Bears struggle with using the internet - it’s a paw thing - so they decided to pay a visit to our friends at Charlie Reid, the travel agents of choice for most discerning Kirkcaldy dwellers.

They decided to fly home as it would be quicker and warmer than using their trusty gondola. The gondola failed its MOT last week and the repairers are waiting for parts to arrive before they can begin to fix it, so they won’t be using it any time soon. Anyway, it’s far too cold in the winter months to be at sea in a small wooden vessel…besides, it was battling the waves on the high seas that blew them off course and brought them to our shores in the first place.

In our photo the boys are perusing the many holiday brochures at KGASS’ favourite travel agency and after booking their flights the boys spent some time talking about the best holiday deals around with their super helpful team.

Thanks again to everyone at Charlie Reid, 2 Victoria Road, Kirkcaldy, for helping our bears to book their flights home for Christmas and making them feel so welcome.

Kirkcaldy Gilbert and Sullivan Society is a registered charity and relies heavily on advertising and sponsorship to put on their annual shows. If you would like to advertise in our programme for The Gondoliers 2020, or sponsor our current show please email Anne Duncan on: anne.duncan@hotmail.co.uk for more details, or send a pm to our page and we will get back to you asap.

For general information please visit: www.kirkgandss.co.uk

To recommend a place for March and Giuseppe to visit next: suggestions.giuseppe.marco@gmail.com

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This week Marco and Giuseppe visited the beautiful Remembrance Gardens at Kirkcaldy Galleries in order to pay their respects to our war heroes and offer a quiet prayer for the fallen.

They were particularly touched by all the small crosses, with names ascribed upon them, placed before one of the smaller monuments emblazoned with the immortal words of Laurence Binyon: ‘At the going down of the sun and in the morning.
We will remember them.’

Eternal rest grant unto them oh Lord,
And let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.
Amen.

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The Kirkcaldy Gilbert and Sullivan Society bears have been very busy singing and sightseeing of late. So, last Friday evening, they decided to wind down over a delicious pizza and a glass of vino at Giovanni's Restaurant, 66a Dunnikier Road, KY1 2QN. While they enjoyed the relaxing, family-style atmosphere at Giovanni's they discussed their plans for December and began the countdown to Christmas and their much-anticipated trip home to Venice for the holidays.

They kicked off the Christmas season with carol singing at Boglily Farm Steading, Boglily Road, KY2 5XY. Much of the time was spent battling Jack Frost, as the temperature plummeted over the weekend, however, with a great turnout of KGASS members, they soon warmed up and visitors to the farm were treated to some beautiful choral harmonies. The boys also had their first chance to meet their namesakes from the show, Nick Temperley and Tom Kelman, who play Marco and Giuseppe respectively.

They will be making another appearance, at the Mercat Shopping Centre, this Saturday (6th De-cember), where a group of KGASS members will be singing a wide selection of Christmas classics from 11am to 2pm. Bring some change as there will be a Tombola with lots of fab prizes to be won!

KGASS are also pleased to announce that tickets are on sale NOW for their production of The Gondoliers (March 5th-7th 2020). You can make your purchase in several ways: direct from a member (if you're lucky enough to be acquainted!), from the Society Box Office (07870901606) from Adam Smith Theatre box office (01592-583302, online or in person), or online on our Tickets page.

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