The Sorcerer

Date 12th November 2018
Society Haworth-West Lane Baptist Amateur Operatic Society
Venue Haworth West Lane Baptist Church
Type of Production G&S
Director Christine Ingham
Musical Director David Root
Choreographer Christine Ingham


Author: Sally Holmes

The Sorcerer is one of Gilbert and Sullivan`s lesser performed works.  It is a sentimental tale of love and sorcery, and we were all invited to the party to celebrate the engagement of Alexis and Aline.

Haworth West Lane Baptist AOS provided a highly entertaining mix of potion, spells and witchcraft in this, their latest production.

Aline, played by Kristina Hodgson, and Alexis, played by Garry Colgan were convincing as the betrothed couple and both were in excellent voice.

In the title role as The Sorcerer (John Wellington Wells) was John Martin who brought out the comedy in this part.  He also has a fine voice, and delivered the fast paced musical numbers with ease.

James Hutton as the naïve vicar – Dr Daly, gave an extremely confident performance, as did Ian Dobson as Sir Marmaduke Piondextre.

Janine McAndrew as Lady Sangazure , Charissa Hutchins as Constance with Gill Dobson as her mother Mrs Partlett all sang with ease and great clarity in their voices – they contributed to an excellent and amusing evening’s entertainment.

The chorus gave a first-rate performance with stunning rousing three and four part harmony singing and there were great characterisations from everyone throughout the piece.

This is a small society who perform in an intimate setting – the Baptist Chapel.  This community space was transformed into the most attractive setting for this production – a village tea party in a marquee, complete with tea sets, bunting and – of course – ham and jam!  There were some lovely lighting effects used throughout, and also a very brave use of pyrotechnics in such a small performance space.

The costumes, by Ian Stead Theatrical Costumier, were elegant and enhanced the production throughout.

The orchestra (15 in total), conducted by David Root, complimented the performance and were not intrusive. 

Congratulations to all involved – and thank you for a wonderful evening’s entertainment.