16th November 2016
Haworth-West Lane Baptist Amateur Operatic Society
Haworth West Lane Baptist Church
Type of Production
G & S Operetta
E Christine Ingham
Author: Sally Holmes
I must confess that Gilbert & Sullivan is not my forte – I’m familiar with “Pirates of Penzance” but less so with their other operettas.
This was a great production which was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience and company alike. The singing from all the principal characters and also their characterisations were wonderful. When the full cast were on stage the roof of the chapel was almost lifted with the volume – it was wonderful to hear all those voices blending beautifully together without a microphone in sight!
Bunthorn and Grosvenor (John Martin/Jai Jai Ekins) were the two poets who had all the 'lovesick maidens' in raptures. These 2 characters were played with ease by the gents, and they brought out the comedy in their roles to perfection.
The village milkmaid, Patience (Kristina Hodgson) who has never loved anyone except a great aunt, performed with passion and had a crystal clear singing voice which delivered her musical numbers with ease.
The rapturous maidens, the Ladies Angela, Saphir, Ella and Jane (Gill Dobson/Kathy Flynn Driver/Annelies van Oyen/Janine McAndrew) all sang beautifully and were put into a complete spin by the two poets.
The three main soldiers trying to regain the affections of their ladies and causing much amusement by their efforts, were the Colonel, Major and Duke (James Hutton/Ian Dobson/ Garry Colgan) – these “officers” certainly brought out the humour in their roles and their singing was a joy to behold.
This is the first time I have experienced a full musical production by this company – and I could not believe the wondrous sight of the fabulous set which had been erected in the chapel. Alongside a 15 piece orchestra under the control of MD David Root, this was a marvellous evening’s entertainment.
Congratulations to director Christine Ingham – your efforts at NODA Summer School have definitely paid off. It was a super production!