The Official Newsletter of
Volume 3 , Issue 4 Editor:
June 2009 The English Theatre Group of Zug
“The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde
Congratulations to all of you in the Earnest Production!
You ALL did a wonderful job. I was there on the first night...and it was HOT! Not only the tem-
perature but also the production!
Sitting in the audience was unbearably hot that first night, I admire all of you who were on stage
in your wonderful Kathy made/found costumes with high collars and long sleeves etc. You really
put on a very good show....and did not look too hot at all! You certainly kept your cool!
The article in the local paper (Zuger Zeitung) was good, and raved about Julie-Anne, Matt,
Corinne and Jeff ..and of course you WERE all really good. However, the others who were not
mentioned in the article, I thought, also did a fantastic job, Peter Ramsay as a very convincing
Algie, Nicola as Lady Bracknell was also excellent, Kate as Miss Prism was perfect for her role,
and Andrew, of course, the ideal vicar!
Most of you had many lines to learn...and not easy lines either, being such out-dated English.
You deserved all the applause you got...and more.
I hope the other nights were less hot (temperature wise) and as well received as, I think, the first
The music was very clever, modern but very suitable, the scenery, lighting etc. were wonderfully
done, and the stage management and props excellent.
Well done to the whole production team, not forgetting the Earnest Bar and the Front of House
teams who did an admirable job.
Bringing all the elements together, with nearly a year's work behind them, were Peter Gilbert,
Director and Jasmin Metzger, Production Manager, a formidable partnership from the first.
With fresh ideas and energy they revived an enthusiasm for English speaking theatre in Zug with
the oldest play ETGZ has produced to date. We look forward to their input in the future.
These beautiful photos were taken by
David Winter, at the dress rehearsal
Production Report - The Importance of Being Earnest by
If you were lucky enough to get a ticket to see ETGZ's latest production "The Importance of
Being Earnest" then you will agree, a great evening of entertainment was had by all. The cast
of eight (4 male : 4 female) gave wonderful portrayals of the typically "Wilde" characters and
delivered classic lines and monologues with perfect comic timing and energy.
This dynamic cast, most of which working together and joining ETGZ for the first time, proved
a success from the start having overcome broken limbs, illness and personal tragedy.
Fortunately there were no "broken legs" onstage and the resounding applause during the many
curtain calls was well deserved.
Similarly the production team built up from well-experienced members of ETGZ to newcomers
from far and wide, produced a slick well-styled piece fit for the audience of 2009. Also (not
without incident) the team, faced by challenges often out of their immediate control, pulled
together and proved what can be achieved on a small budget in a near empty venue.
“A l ad di n an d h i s
M a g i c L a mp ”
We are pleased to say that rehearsals for the Panto
“ALADDIN” have got off to a great start. Our group of
principals are a very talented bunch, and seem to be
having plenty of fun together from the start. As usual, our
chorus has a majority of ladies, but we hope our brave
Sheena and Val have had plenty
men will survive the run! With the lovely friendly cast we
of experience with pantos...here
have, we are looking forward to a fun production, but
they are back in 1993 in Cinderella
with lots of hard work ahead.
with Tim Socha, who was then
the music director.
Aladdin Slavka Müller Policeman Kate Hönigsberg
Widow Twankey Adrian Dinneen Policeman Maggie Weiss
Wishee Washee Matt Moss Spirit of the Ring Myrtha Schuler
Abanazar Bruce Mathers Genie Sven Gallinelli
Emperor Steve Brindley Executioner&Mummy Tom Batok
Empress Melissa Puckett Rick-Shaw Erin Maher
Princess Julia Hess Handmaiden Megan Cangemi
Vizier Andrew Glass Handmaiden Jamie Maher
Prince Pekoe Philip Champion Handmaiden Gina Jones
I am sure you recognise this beauty? Maggie has been with the ETGZ since 1986 playing
Our treasurer of course, Adrian, playing an ugly a hot box girl in our first production of “Guys and
sister in Cinderella in 1993! Dolls”. Here she is back stage, during “The Piper”.
My goodness you haven’t changed a bit! She was the other ugly sister in Cinderella....
In fact am very proud of these two, because they are in fact my long lost children!
I was their Mum, the Baroness and Ray Owen was their Dad!!
As I have no requests to place adverts...here is good story!
NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE THOUGHTS OR POWER OF A WOMAN!!
On the first day, she sadly packed her belongings into boxes, crates and suitcases.
On the second day, she had the movers come and collect her things.
On the third day, she sat down for the last time at their beautiful dining-room table by candle-
light, she put on some soft background music, and feasted on a pound of shrimp, a jar of
caviar, and a bottle of spring-water.
When she'd finished, she went into each and every room and deposited a few half-eaten
shrimps dipped in caviar into the hollow center of the curtain rods. She then cleaned up the
kitchen and left.
On the fourth day, the husband came back with his new girlfriend, and at first all was bliss.
Then, slowly, the house began to smell. They tried everything; cleaning, mopping, and airing-
out the place. Vents were checked for dead rodents, and carpets were steam cleaned.
Air fresheners were hung everywhere. Exterminators were brought in to set off gas canisters,
during which time the two had to move out for a few days, and in the end they even paid to
replace the expensive wool carpeting. Nothing worked! People stopped coming to visit.
Repairmen refused to work in the house. The maid left. Finally, they couldn't take the stench
any longer, and decided they had to move, but a month later - even though they'd cut their
price in half - they couldn't find a buyer for such a bad smelling house.
Finally, unable to wait any longer for a purchaser, they had to borrow a huge sum of money
from the bank to purchase a new place.
Then the ex-wife called the man and asked how things were going. He told her the saga of the
rotting house. She listened politely and said that she missed her old home terribly and would
be willing to reduce her divorce settlement in exchange for having the house.
Knowing she could have no idea how bad the smell really was, he agreed on a price that was
only 1/10 th of what the house had been worth ... but only if she would sign the papers that
very day. She agreed, and within two hours his lawyers delivered the completed paperwork.
A week later the man and his girlfriend stood smiling as they watched the moving company
pack everything to take to their new home .... and to spite the ex-wife, they even took the cur-
I LOVE A HAPPY ENDING!
N.B. The photos have had to be greatly reduced to
make the file small enough for everybody to view
Theatre is Life with the Spotlight on line.
dull bits cut out. When the Earnest page is set up under “Shows” in the
ETGZ website, you will be able to see more great
photos in much better quality. The photos were taken
Alfred Hitchcock by David Winter at the dress rehearsal.Thanks David!
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