From the Evening Gazette 17 November
Gilbert and Sullivan's little-known opera
"The Sorcerer", about love "philtres" and people
falling in love with the wrong people was well presented by the
Marton Parish Church Operatic and Dramatic Society in the Church
Hall, Preston Old-road, last night.
This was the first full-length
opera which the pair wrote, and at times it shows, because the lyrics
are not as memorable as those of the later works.
But the cast
do well with the opera, and manage to present a lively performance
and also bring off some clever stage effects when the sorcerer invokes
the spirits to create the trouble-causing love potion.
as the sorcerer, John Wellington Wells, is especially good, for
he brings to the dramatic role a touch of humour in places.
Gilfoy is the hero, Alexis, who is in love with Aline, Isabel Straughton,
and who causes all the trouble by wanting all the village to share
in the wonder of love.
The whole cast coped well with the small
stage, but it was a pity that the lighting cast shadows on the backdrop,
although this turned out to be rather effective in the incantation
scene where the menacing shadows above the sorcerer added to the