Marton Parish Church Choral and Operatic Society
presented a colourful version of "The Pirates of Penzance"
in the church hall last night and the large audience saw a performance
that would have done credit to a professional company.
after conductor Robert Atherton lifted his baton to conduct the
14-piece orchestra it was obvious that this was going to be an interesting
and fresh production.
None of the humour or wit of this Gilbert
and Sullivan gem was lost, and the entire company maintained a high
Harold Rothwell dealt ably with the part of the conscientious
Frederic and Kenneth Nicholls was an encore-earning Major-General.
Ilett could not have done better with her part as Ruth, nursery nurse
turned pirate maid, had she lived all her life as a pirate.
G Kay was thoroughly at home as the swashbuckling and moustachioed
Pirate King and he was ably backed by his lieutenant, Peter Coward.
Straughton was a pretty and clear voiced Mabel while William Darbyshire
gathered the laughs with the Sergeant of Police.
Dorothy Brookfield and Thelma Booth played Edith, Kate and Isabel,
and there was full support from the well-trained choruses.
The programme will be repeated nightly
this week. -