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Grosvenor Light Opera Company
Chair - Heather Monro
Heather joined GLOC back in 1882, when she performed in Ruddigore as Ghost Number 5 [or in 2011 when she played a very glamorous Inez in the Gondoliers].
Her favourite GLOC moment was the bun fight at the end of The Sorcerer and watching our Musical Director Chris, get hit on the head with a scone. Her most embarrassing moment was when her mobile started playing a video at full volume on stage during the quietest possible moment of the Mikado.
Follow Heather on Twitter: @aitchey
Secretaries - Laura Burgoyne & Bex Sinclair
Bex joined GLOC in 2008 playing a prisoner in Man of La Mancha, and has since then appeared in several G and S shows, beginning with Iolanthe, and many of GLOC's winter shows.
Her highlights have been performing in the Buxton and Harrogate Opera Houses and the barn dance in the Sorcerer and most embarrassing moment was tripping on her scullery maids outfit and almost falling off stage, or maybe her 'glued' on ear falling off during a dance scene in Iolanthe and desperately trying to put it back in place during the next scene.
Laura joined GLOC in 2013 as a lovesick maiden in Patience and was immediately hooked. An enthusiastic chorus girl but probably stronger on the admin side hence her co-secretary role in the committee, she's also dedicated to incorporating ukuleles into as many GLOC productions as possible.
Her most embarrassing moment occurred in the Mikado Act I finale when her wig was unceremoniously ripped off, exposing her wig cap and sweaty hair. Her favourite GLOC moments are all the other ones.
Treasurer - Nicola Elliot
Nicki is a longstanding and invaluable member of GLOC, and even had a GLOC choir perform at her wedding this September!
When Nicki's not doing the sums for GLOC, she can often be found stepping in as emergency clarinetist for shows!
Publicity - Bekah Ashworth & Al Kirby
Bekah and Al's professional relationship began at school. As the naughty girls at the back of KoKo's English class, they began to hatch schemes to bring the word of GLOC to the masses, and have been partners in crime ever since. Under their watch, they hope that GLOC will take over the world*.
*Of amateur light opera
Follow Al on Twitter: @thekirbs
Production Managers - Jon Lo & Alan Rickett
After enjoying their first year in GLOC, with this summer’s production of Pirates of Penzance, and being welcomed into the GLOC flock family with such open and friendly arms, Alan and Jon have taken on the responsibility together of producing Sleeping Beauty and Iolanthe. We are very much looking forward to working together and with the rest of the committee on these shows.
Jon has only been performing G&S for the last 2 years and has already found himself bitten by the “bug”, producing Patience last year for KCL’s student G&S society. When he isn’t singing about pirates, fairies, Japanese culture or jokes about the law, Jon can be found at King’s College London doing a PhD in Transplantation Immunology.
Alan’s glorious debut for GLOC came as a swashbuckling Cornish pirate. His logical progression from posturing, pinheaded, pirate to pioneering, powerhouse, producer is not purely based on his addiction to aimless, alliteration as an artform. Alan has in the past, produced a fair-to-middling Spaghetti Bolognese as well as an Ikea bedside table direct from flatpack! Alan also has a daughter, although he does acknowledge that this is probably more relevant to reproduction than production.
Really, what could possibly go wrong?
Production Secretary - Ali Dixon
Ali most recently played Edith in GLOC's production of Pirates of Penzance, and thoroughly enjoyed getting to slap the Pirate-King! When not singing, Ali can be found making sure everything on stage is in the right place and working properly - from Christmas trees to busts of Romantic poets!
Fundraising/Social Secretaries - Katy Scott & Mary Matthias
Mary joined GLOC for Patience in 2013 and has never looked back. Whilst her theatre related skills in most areas are probably lacking, she does know how to have a good time! She can usually be found organising ceilidhs, carol singing, pub quizzes, parties - or generally just luring people to the pub... So, if you're feeling social come see Mary - she might even give you some of her wine!
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.
Need help? Have a burning question? Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get back to you as soon as we can!