10th February 2017
Aireborough G & S Society
Yeadon Town Hall
Type of Production
Author: Sally Holmes
Aireborough Gilbert & Sullivan’s production of HMS Pinafore was well performed. Billed as one of the most popular Gilbert & Sullivan operas I must confess that I am not familiar with it.
This very talented company did justice to Andy Lunn’s direction and Maureen Earl’s musical direction.
The Right Hon. Sir Joseph Porter K C B (John Tattersall) led the company well. He had excellent diction throughout and every word that he uttered and sang could be heard and understood.
Rowena Thornton gave a beautiful performance as Josephine, the daughter of the Pinafore Captain, who falls in love with a humble sailor Ralph Rackstraw (Paul Richmond). They both have fine singing voices, and Rowena’s vocal range is immense! She hit those top notes with apparent effortlessness.
There was strong support from Edward Thornton (Captain Corcoran), Joan Tattersall (Little Buttercup) and Margaret Barnes (Hebe).
Andrew Baxter had great characterisation in his portrayal of Dick Deadeye which he maintained from start to finish of the whole production. Congratulations!
The chorus work was outstanding with beautifully audible harmonies and Musical Director Maureen Earl’s orchestra played sympathetically so that you could hear every word from the stage.
The costumes made by The Boyz (Bacup), Janice Summers and Jane Clough are particularly worthy of a mention – everyone looked beautiful, and all the sailors looked pristine! Hair and make up by Barbara Matthews and team was also right for the period – all the hair pieces looked beautiful with the ladies hats and outfits.
Special mention must go to Heather Field and Paul Dennison for creating the scenery. It was superb – and so well “dressed” with all the props.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this most colourful production. A delight to watch and listen to.