Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Updated Dunolly G&S Festival info


Dunolly Gilbert & Sullivan Festival
13 & 14 October 2012

Welcome to Dunolly’s first Gilbert and Sullivan Festival. Dunolly is a gem
of Victoria’s gold towns from the 1850s with a long and strong history of
music and theatre. The town’s historic halls, court house and churches
will host performances and the aptly named “Savoy Gardens” is the
outdoor venue for two major productions.
The weekend begins with “Queen Victoria” herself opening
proceedings at the Grand Parade and concludes with the Savoy
Opera Company of Melbourne’s production of “Iolanthe” in the Savoy
Gardens.

Programme

Saturday 13th October

10am Grand Opening – Broadway, outside the Dunolly Town Hall
“Queen Victoria” launches the Festival
“The Thought of Royal Dignity Elates Me”
The Town Crier calls, the ribbon is cut and the fun begins.

10.30am The Grand Parade - Broadway
With floats, the St Arnaud Pipe Band and Maryborough Brass Band, throngs of
school children in costume, Gilbert and Sullivan characters line Broadway to join in the fun before heading to the Fair.

10am – 2.00pm Gordon Gardens Market & Barkly Streets
English country fair on the Village Green ……..”Modified rapture”
Free, traditional and organised games for children of all ages

12noon “Merrily Ring the Luncheon Bell”
Picnic in Gordon Gardens or buy lunch from one of the food stalls.
Local bakery and cafes open for lunch.
“That’s so Like a Band”
Free luncheon entertainment in the Gordon Gardens
From the Rotunda, the Maryborough Brass Band entertains with a medley of
music by Sullivan.

1pm St John’s Church Hall Barkly Street
“Here’s a man of Jollity”
Traditional puppet show for children in the exquisite Anglican church hall that
was Dunolly’s first school in the 1850s.
Gold coin admission

3pm “The People’s Pirates” – The Savoy Gardens
[cnr Gooseberry Hill & Dunolly-Maryborough Roads]
Led by a cast of local chorus and principals, everyone is invited to sing-a-long
for a relaxed romp through The Pirates of Penzance. With orchestra!
Bring your family and rug or chairs for seating.
Taste of Gold wines for sale, snacks and drinks.
The Dunolly Community Bus will shuttle people from the Town Hall on
Broadway to the Savoy Gardens from 2 -3pm and return between 5.30pm
and 6pm.
Parking is available on site [enter from Gooseberry Hill Road].
The Savoy Gardens are also an easy 1km walk from the Town Hall.
Tickets: $10 adult/$5 concession – pay at the gate.

6pm Dinner “Now to the Banquet we press... “
Local hotel and cafes are open for evening meals during the Festival.

8pm “The Gilbert & Sullivan Story” Dunolly Town Hall
Award winning narrator, Richard Burman, supported by the Gilbert & Sullivan
Concert Party of Melbourne, tells the story of the Gilbert & Sullivan musical
partnership through songs from their operas.
This is a two-hour show with a brief interval and supper after the show.
Tickets: $15 adult/$10 concession
Seating is limited, so pre-purchase your tickets from the Dunolly Rural
Transaction Centre [109 Broadway Dunolly: 03 5468 1205]

There is also an exhibition of miniature Gilbert & Sullivan theatre sets in the
Town Hall front chamber. Prepared by local artist, Ken Matthews.

Sunday 14th October

8am -2pm The Dunolly Main Street Market - Broadway
“Here’s a Howdy-Do”
Wander along Broadway, lined with stalls of fine local produce, plants and
bric a brac, buskers, cake stalls and the CFA BBQ.
Shops and cafes are open and the Museum and Town Hall are open for
visitors.

11.30am “Trial by Jury” Court House Market Street
A reprise performance by The Dunolly Festival All Stars following their recent
success at the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Dunolly Court House.
A delightful 40 minute opera about a breach of promise of marriage.
With orchestra.
Tickets: $5
Seating is limited, so pre-purchase your tickets from the Dunolly Rural
Transaction Centre [109 Broadway Dunolly: 03 5468 1205]

1.00pm The People’s Concert Uniting Church Barkly
Street
“I have a song to sing-Oh"
This is an opportunity for local people to perform their favourite G & S song
and to sing-a-long with the great chorus works of G&S. Piano
accompaniment.
The Dunolly Festival Children’s Choir will also perform three songs.
Tickets: $5 – pay at the door. Concert will finish by 2.00pm

2pm “That’s so Like a Band” The Savoy Gardens
[cnr Gooseberry Hill & Dunolly-Maryborough Roads]
Orchestra plays a medley of music by Sullivan.
To be followed by …..

3pm “Iolanthe”
The Savoy Opera Company of Melbourne presents a full production of the
fairy operetta on the Savoy Gardens open-air stage. With Orchestra.
Tickets: $15 adult/$10 concession are for both shows
Pay at the gate
Taste of Gold wines plus BBQ, snacks and drinks for sale from 2pm.
The Dunolly Community Bus will shuttle people from the Town Hall on
Broadway to the Savoy Gardens from 2 -3pm and return between 5.30pm
and 6pm.
Parking is available on site [enter from Gooseberry Hill Road].
The Savoy Gardens are also an easy 1km walk from the Town Hall.
“Fickle moment, Prithee Stay”
Finish at 6pm

Sponsors
Bendigo Bank: Maldon & District Community Bank Branch
Central Goldfield Shire Council
Dunolly Traders’ Association
Taste of Gold: Central Victoria food and wine trails www.tasteofgold.com
Festival Director: Rachel Buckley
Supported by the Dunolly and district community through contributions of
time, money and expertise
The Dunolly Gilbert & Sullivan Festival is part of Central Goldfields Spring Fling
for 2012. Further information www.visitmaryborough.com.au

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