From the Evening Gazette 15 November
can just about distinguish (from left) Harold Rothwell (Nanki-Poo), Muriel Horwill
Isabel Straughton (Yum-Yum), Harold Wilcock (Pish-Tush), Marian
The Gazette said...
Sullivan's delightful operas, as performed by the D'Oyly Carte Company,
must, to every lover of the famous pair's works, seem poles apart
from those presented by amateur companies.
the large audience which braved last night's squally Gilbertian
weather to visit Marton Parish Church Hall came away convinced they
had seen the real thing.
And rightly so. For
with their presentation of "The Mikado", the Parish Church
Operatic and Dramatic Society surpassed anything they have performed
before. And that covers quite a lot of Gilbert and Sullivan.
The scenery, costumes, the orchestra under the direction
of Robert Atherton, and above all, the superb singing cannot be
The production, which is in the capable
hands of Audrey Ilett, never faltered.
to end the show was full of vitality - something sadly lacking from
many amateur productions.
Everyone in the cast,
from the delightful Yum-Yum played by Isabel Straughton, to the
person with the smallest part obviously enjoyed themselves immensely.
It would be completely unfair to single any member of
the cast for special honours.
Suffice it to say
that Miss Bridget D'Oyly herself would have sat enthralled through
And if the ringing applause from
the audience was anything to go by the show is certain of a full
house at each presentation.