Always wondered who makes the GLOC cogs keep turning? Look no further – here’s the merry band of misfits who make up your GLOC Committee.
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Chair – Laura Burgoyne
Laura joined GLOC in 2013 as lovesick maiden in Patience but all she really fell in love with was GLOC. As well as gadding about on stage in various costumes with various sizes of false eye lashes, Laura has been involved in choreography and panto-writing. Having served on the comittee since 2014, first as secretary and then production, she’s now ready to let other people do the hard work and just sit back and take the credit
Secretary – Jonathan Broad
Jonathan joined GLOC in 2014 for their production of The Mikado after watching and enjoying a particularly madcap cabaret they had put on at the International Festival the year before. He has since carved out his own particular niche within GLOC shows as “tall chorus member whose costume almost fits him”. His Private Willis in Iolanthe caused his mother to be “pleasantly surprised”. Jonathan is responsible for GLOC e-mails and other excitingly necessary if not necessarily exciting admin.
Treasurer – Vicky Simon
Vicky joined GLOC in 2012 for their production of The Sorcerer, playing a lowly housemaid, and has since gone on to appear in such diverse roles as a silent comic stooge, a mouse, a sulky schoolgirl and Hercule Parrot, one of the infamous Parrots of Penzance. After adventurous forays into directing productions of Cox and Box, Ruddigore and Iolanthe for GLOC, she has finally ended up on the Committee as Keeper of the Cash Box. She likes cheese, and people who pay their subs on time.
Publicity – Bekah Ashworth and Peter Rubinstein
Peter has been a member of GLOC since The Mikado in 2014 & has been in every summer show since then. He has also been in several of the Pantos, including playing Gerald, Father of Belle in Beauty & the Beast & Garrotting Gerald in the Pirate Panto. Where this Gerald obsession comes from he has no idea. He is enormously looking forward to being on the committee & giving something back to the company which has given him so much joy. He has no experience in publicity & intends to wing it.
Production Manager – Ian Hillis
Ian is production secretary having been with GLOC 6 years. In that time he has transported props, sewn badges on costumes and built various bits of sets. So he is looking forward to the challenges of the upcoming year. While on stage, he has acted as Olde Adam (Ruddigore), Guron (Princess Ida) and Cogsworth (Beauty and the Beast).
Being Alan Bain – Alan Bain
Alan joined GLOC very tentatively for the Mikado back in 2014. He hasn’t looked back since. He has been involved in some capacity in each subsequent Summer show and played an intellectually challenged panto frog henchman and very unintelligent brother in Ida. Many hours of his life have been spent designing and building ghostly apparatus, rocky mountains, boats on rails and even a bridge. So far none of them have fallen down although the boat once cowered in the wings with stage fright! His most embarrassing moment on stage was thankfully not in a Gloc production; but in a Così when he tripped on the stairs while carrying a tray of glasses filled with (real) champagne which flooded the stage…..
Fundraising/Angels – Ali Dixon
A GLOC member since 2009, Ali has been on the committee on and off since she was first press-ganged into becoming secretary in 2011. Over the years she has played a few of the smaller G&S roles and also spent a lot of happy time in the chorus (winning an award for “Most Scene Stealing Chorus Member” in 2012!) She recently tried her hand at directing, which was fun but very tiring so she’s enjoying taking on a less intense role this year.
Social Secretary – Jacqueline Walpole
Jacqueline joined GLOC in early 2020. The first words anyone spoke to Jacqueline were “So, do you drink red wine…?” and she knew she would fit right in!
Jacqueline enjoyed rehearsing in the chorus for a term of Gondoliers before lockdown meant that post-rehearsal socials moved online. She was overwhelmed by the warmth and kindness of both the cast and committee and wanted to get involved to ensure more events could take place going forward.
Jacqueline has enjoyed taking part in a variety of plays and musical theatre throughout the years, but has not performed in a Gilbert and Sullivan since the Mikado at school. Here’s hoping she will finally get to in 2021!