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Bournemouth GaSP – Gilbert & Sullivan, Grand Opera, Musical Theatre

WELCOME.

We are Bournemouth Gilbert and Sullivan Productions, better known as Bournemouth GaSP.  We are a friendly Bournemouth based award winning group, who enjoy performing shows from Gilbert & Sullivan.  We are in the process of expanding to incorporate grand opera and modern musicals. We are extremely proud of our excellent reputation and produce major shows and concerts each year.

 

About Us

We have recently re-launched as Bournemouth GaSP the new trading name of Bournemouth Gilbert & Sullivan Operatic Society.   As our name suggests we are based in Bournemouth, Dorset and perform at major venues across Dorset, including Lighthouse in Poole , the Regent Centre in Christchurch and the Barrington Theatre in Ferndown.  There is something going on year round and we have regular social events too!

Award Winners

We have won best in category Accolade of Excellence awards from National Operatic & Dramatic Association (NODA) as well as winning several awards at The International Gilbert & Sullivan Festivals.

Charity Donations

We are a charitable organisation and we support our community by giving generous donations to local charities which have included: Macmillan Caring Locally, The Dorset ME Support Group, Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy and New Forest and District Sailability.  

Join Us

Performing membership is open to anyone who passes an audition but we also welcome non-acting members to help behind the scenes with props, scenery construction and general administration.  If you would like to be part of the fun, as a performer or helper then please click here to contact us.

More information about joining Bournemouth GaSP can be found by clicking here.

To subscribe to our mailing list and keep up to date click here.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals are primarily held on Wednesday evenings (19:30 – 22:00) with additional rehearsals called during the run up to a show.

Rehearsals are held at the following venue.

Iford United Reformed Church Hall,
Ropley Road
Bournemouth
BH7 6RU

Rehearsal Venue Map

Latest News

Open Audition Dates for The Pirates of Penzance 2022

Saturday 19th March & Sunday 20th March 2022 Characters, Ensemble, Dancers&Children(for Pirates and General Stanley’s Daughters) We will be holding audition sessions for all auditionees.  Once you have applied, you will be given a time-slot to attend based on what part(s) you are auditioning for.  Your audition session will be held on either Saturday 19th …

The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan October 2022 Pirates with sentimental hearts, blundering policeman, crazy adventures and improbable paradoxes. Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic ‘Pirates of Penzance’ is filled with fun and laughter. Frederic, a pirate’s apprentice, falls head-over-heels in love with Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley. On his 21st birthday Frederic is …

Carousel

Carousel by Rodgers & Hammerstein Coming 2023 We are really excited to be performing ‘Carousel’ in October 2023. ‘Carousel’ is a giant of the musical stage and remains timeless and starbright. The story of faithful Julie and her brutish husband Billy is one of the most powerful books of the musical theatre and perfectly matches its …

Auditions

Open Audition Dates for The Pirates of Penzance 2022

Saturday 19th March & Sunday 20th March 2022

Characters, Ensemble, Dancers
&
Children
(for Pirates and General Stanley’s Daughters)

We will be holding audition sessions for all auditionees.  Once you have applied, you will be given a time-slot to attend based on what part(s) you are auditioning for. 

Your audition session will be held on either Saturday 19th March between 10.00am and 8:00pm or Sunday 20th March between 12.00 noon and 8:00pm.   You will be allocated a session during these times.  Please let us know if you are unable to make either of these dates.

 Download Audition Material Here

The audition will consist of singing and acting your audition material as well as a movement section. 

If you are applying as a singer and dancer your audition will also include a dance session so please bring suitable footwear.

The audition material consists of scenes and music for each part in the show.  You can memorise the songs or read from the music for your vocal audition, but we do encourage you to be try and learn all or some of it. 

Claire our Director has asked that you prepare but do not memorise your acting scenes.  You will be given the opportunity to perform your scenes with other auditionees performing the other characters in your scene.

If you are cast as a principal character you may be expected to take part as ensemble in some scenes.  You will be informed of these once we start rehearsing.

You will be auditioned by a panel, there may be occasions where we need to recall certain people.  We will contact you individually if this is the case.

Rehearsals will begin in May 2022.  Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays with Mondays used for Principals and Ensemble as called.  All rehearsals start at 7:30pm at Iford Church Hall.  A rehearsal schedule will be issued at the start of rehearsal so you know when you are called.  Please note that this could be amended on occasion.   A rehearsal is usually called on the Friday evening prior to the show, so please ensure you remain free for this.

Principals with musical numbers will be required to attend the band call on Saturday 15th October. 

All cast will need to be available for the entire week of the show.  There will be a full cast rehearsal on Monday 17th October at Iford Hall.  All cast will need to attend the technical rehearsal on Tuesday 18th October, dress rehearsal on Wednesday 19th October as well as the show dates of Thursday 20th to Saturday 22nd October.  All cast must also be available for the matinee on Saturday 22nd October.  You will not be able to take part in the show if you are not available for any of these dates.

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Last Updated: 08/01/2022 @ 21:30

In the interests of public safety and in light of Government advice and guidelines due to the current COVID-19 outbreak we can now confirm that we have rescheduled our 2020 production of Carousel to 2023. 

Thank you for your interest, we will keep you updated with further information. 

The ‘Register Now’ link will remain the same for 2023 so you do not need to register again.

Auditions for Characters, Ensemble, Dancers & Children (for the Snow Family & Ensemble)

REGISTER NOW FOR CAROUSEL

Synopsis
When Julie Jordan a young mill worker, meets Billy Bigalow the handsome barker for Mrs Mullin’s carousel, their love blossoms. Determined to provide for his unborn child, Billy takes part in an ill-fated robbery. With an emotional and gritty look at relationships, the poignant story of the faithful Julie, and her brutish love Billy Bigalow, this is one of the most powerful books of the musical theatre. It’s musical score is one of the most celebrated of all time.

Featuring songs such as “If I loved you” the toe tapping “June is Bustin” and the world famous “You’ll never walk alone”, Carousel brings a sense of hope and dignity in this dramatic testimony to the power of love.

Open Auditions for Carousel

Characters, Ensemble, Dancers
&
Children
(for the Snow Family & Ensemble)

Audition dates to be confirmed

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Rehearsals will be Mondays & Wednesdays as called
7.30pm – 10.00pm

You should be available to rehearse on both evenings if required
Some additional rehearsals may be required nearer the show. 

Rehearsals at Iford Church Hall. 
http://ifordurc.org/where-to-find-us

 


Company Auditions

Company auditions for membership to the society are held throughout the year.  Membership will enable you to perform in our concerts and Christmas events as well as participate in our social events.  

Please contact info@bournemouthgasp.org.uk for further details. 

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