From the Evening Gazette 9 November
And the Evening Gazette review on
13 November 1962...
MARTON "GONDOLIERS" REACHES
- the story of a Venetian marriage mix-up with a fairy-tale ending - is one
of Gilbert and Sullivan's most acclaimed operas.
So well known
by audiences, it has always demanded more than a mediocre performance.
certainly those qualities which are so necessary in these gay but sometimes
difficult and tricky musicals were upheld in Marton Parish Church Operatic and
Dramatic Society's production of the lovable favourite.
performance, running until Saturday evening at the Church Hall,
Preston Old-road, will probably rate among the society's most dynamic
of their 25 productions if last night's opening standard is maintained.
All the brilliance and fervour of a favourite musical
score was brought out.
Particularly both choruses
- the Contadine and Gondoliers - on which the musical score calls
so often, achieved a substantial quality of excellence, a tribute
to Mr Robert Atherton, musical director, who has prepared them during
the last five months.
With a cast of more than 40
and extravagantly produced, performances from all the main characters
reached high standards.
In the court scenes Giuseppe
(Harold Wilcock) gave well-timed treatment to the tricky "Rising
early in the morning" followed by a particularly pleasing rendition
by Marco (George Dodgson) of "Take a pair of sparkling eyes".
The dance scenes did not lose their charm despite limited
stage room. Colourfully costumed and backed by fine
orchestration, the full gayness of the setting was captured.
Fine performances came from the Duke and Duchess (Kenneth
Nicholls and Margaret Hinton) and Luiz (Glenn Dean) and Casilda
Mrs Audrey Ilett produced.
Excellent production. Give the TV a rest and see it.