New season under way at Gala Opera

Gala Opera President (2011/12), Val Little, presenting Jeff Thomson with a piece of musical wall art on behalf of the Company, in recognition of his 20 years with the Society.
Gala Opera President (2011/12), Val Little, presenting Jeff Thomson with a piece of musical wall art on behalf of the Company, in recognition of his 20 years with the Society.

Gala Opera is back in action for another season.

Preparations for its 2013 production got under way last week at the opening rehearsal.

This year’s musical is Guys and Dolls – a return to a Broadway classic which the society has performed on two previous occasions in its 106-year history.

This is a well-loved show, familiar to most and full of popular songs for audiences to enjoy – including Sit down, You’re Rockin the Boat, If I were a Bell, Luck be a Lady, Take Back Your Mink and Guys and Dolls.

Production and musical direction will once again be in the capable hands of Jeff Thomson, who continues to combine his day job as principal teacher of expressive arts at Earlston High School – where his school productions have become famous throughout the Borders – with his role at Gala Opera.

Jeff celebrated his 20th year with the society last year and he has been instrumental in the huge success of recent shows such as Jesus Christ Superstar and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers which were so well received by Galashiels audiences.

Anyone interested in joining the company for the 2013 season should come to the Burgh School, Galashiels, at 7pm on Monday when they will learn more about what is involved, either on stage or behind the scenes.

The show will be performed in the town’s Volunteer Hall from March 4-9.