15 November 1963
36 players who will be taking the bows for next week's production
of "Patience" by the Marton Parish Church Operatic and
Dramatic Society, at Marton Parish Hall, will be the first to acknowledge
the vital contribution of the behind-the-scenes members.
scenery, for instance, is built by Mr R. A. Birchall, whose wife
is the society secretary, and painted by Mr Derek Bowker. And,
of course, a Gilbert and Sullivan opera cannot be given without
an efficient stage and technical staff.
will be the 27th opera to be staged by the Marton company since
they started in 1931. All of them, except one, have
been by Gilbert and Sullivan. [Not quite right:
it was our 28th, and we started in 1930, and all but two had been
G&S. But the Gazette wasn't to blame for the error:
it was years before we ourselves discovered we had started in 1930,
The musical director is Mr Robert
Atherton, and once again the orchestra is largely made up from members
of the Blackpool Symphony Orchestra.
which will be presented for six nights, is produced by Mr Jack Parkinson.
Last year's opera, "The Gondoliers", raised
nearly £220 for church funds, which proves that Gilbert and Sullivan
have lost none of their appeal.