"YEOMEN" DELIGHTS MARTON AUDIENCE
Marton Parish Church Operatic and Dramatic Society presented their
annual Gilbert and Sullivan opera in the church hall, Preston Old-road,
last night, when they delighted the audience with a spirited and
polished production of "The Yeomen of the Guard".
The immortal melodies and lyrics of Gilbert and Sullivan
were given a warm interpretation and the setting and costumes were
Dorothy Brookfield gave a first rate
performance as Phoebe Meryll, the pretty daughter of the gaoler
who allowed the hero, Colonel Fairfax, played by Harold Rothwell,
to escape from the Tower of London, where he was awaiting execution
on a false charge.
Her father, Sergeant Meryll,
was played by Charles G. Kay, and Kenneth Whalley took the part
of Lieutenant of the Tower.
Donald Sheerin was Leonard
Meryll, the hero son of Sergeant Meryll who assists in the escape,
and Isabel Straughton sang beautifully as Elsie Maynard, the strolling
singer who married the dauntless Colonel.
Darbyshire and Kenneth Nicholls took the parts of the gaoler and
the strolling jester, and a wonderful job they made of it. Their
comic duet, "Hereupon we're both agreed", was one of the
high-spots of the production and was well-appreciated by the audience.
Margaret Hinton and June Bradley were in good voice
as the Tower's housekeeper and her niece.
production job was done by Jennifer Straughton (late of the D'Oyly
Carte Opera Co), and the orchestra led by Mr P Cumberbatch
left nothing to be desired.
Mr Robert Atherton,
musical director, conducted with his accustomed skill.