From the Evening Gazette, 17 November
With some of the choicest talent drawn from
operatic societies in Blackpool and the Fylde, with Robert Atherton,
conductor of the Blackpool Symphony Orchestra, on the rostrum, the
40-year-old Marton Parish Church Operatic and Dramatic Society had
every reason to feel confident in their production of the Gilbert
and Sullivan opera "The Mikado", which they presented
for the week at the church hall, Preston Old-road, Marton, last
Their confidence was justified. Vocally and
visually it was a pleasure to both ear and eye, and played with
an ease and elegance that was a delight to watch.
The story of
intrigue and amout in the town of Titipu hardly needs detailing
at this time of day , but the Gilbertian wit and Sullivan score
continue to exercise their ageless charm.
Eric Gilfoy as Nanki-Poo
and Joan Addison as Yum-Yum made an engaging pair of yung lovers
and Michael Hilton had the right touch of hauteur as Pooh-Bah.
Bywater and Bebe Hilton as Pitti-Sing and Peep-Bo were perfectly
in key, and with Joan Addison's Yum-Yum made the famous number "Three
Little Maids" one of the hits of the show.
rich bass voice and impressive appearance served him in excellent
staead as the Mikado of Japan, and John Burn as Ko-Ko, the Lord
High Executioner, treated the part with a racy sense of satire.
dramatic part of Katisha was played with immense effect by Isabel
This was a bravura performance in which both singing
and acting were brilliantly bleended
Alan Judge brought authority
to the role of Pish-Tush, the nobleman, and Gary Elston as Ko-Ko's
attendant, and standard bearers S. Archer, J. M. Harrison and Stuart
Carter completed a faultless cast, embellished with the cast of
schoolgirls, nobles, guards and coolies.
John Shedwick, an old
hand in the production of the Savoy operas, handled his material
with the smoothness and skill born of years of experience in Gilbert
The singing was very good, and the music under
Robert Atherton's direction was equally matched.
Age cannot wither
nor custom stale the charm of "The Mikado" if it is well
done, and Marton Operatic did it very well indeed. -