The Marton Parish Church
Operatic Society has a long and honourable record in the presentation
of Gilbert and Sullivan operas.
This week they are
producing in the Parish Hall the dainty absurdity, "Iolanthe", now
56 years old, and this opera is proving itself ever new to big audiences.
The work was given by the Society six years ago.
Sidney King has been producing these operas at Marton
for eight years, and one agrees with his pronoucement that "Iolanthe"
is proving the worth of the Society generally. It is
also proving the worth of the musical director, Mr W. Hogarth, in
The team work of the chorus has been
of a very high order indeed, and the cast is one of the strongest
the Society has billed.
MERRY LORD CHANCELLOR
Albert Haworth's Lord Chancellor has improved nightly
- his air of comic dignity has been well registered, and his demeanour
generally well studied.
Jennifer North as Phyllis and Marjorie
Evered as the Queen of the Fairies have given stirring portrayals,
while William Tillotson, as Mountararat, has been an unqualified
Harry Heaton, a newcomer to the Society,
has had a splendid week in the role of Tolloller, singing "Blue
Blood" exceedingly well.
Ruby Hill, too,
in the name part, is a decided success, and her interpretation of
the final song to the Lord Chancellor is one of the highlights.
Strephon, in the person of Jack Spencer,
goes through his work easily and naturally, and has once more gained
unstinted appreciation for all-round excellence.
Wade repeats his success as Private Willis, and his Sentry's Song
is exceptionally well done.
Gladys Metcalfe, Audrey
Ambler and Eunice Whiteley have done good work as Leila, Celia
and Fleta respectively.
The scenery, by Albert Haworth,
and the lighting, by P.J.Frampton, have played a big part in the
success of the production, and the pianists - Mrs. R. Nelson, Mrs.
K. Watts L.R.A.M. and L. Whitehead - have materially the orchestra,
led by Mr. A.C.Bitelli.
The organisation of Mr.
Ernest Harwood, the hon. Secretary, has again been excellent, and
he has had the backing of an enthusiastic band of officials and
an enterprising committee headed by the Rev. C.W. Macready.
The Society will give the "show" at Farnworth
(Bolton) on Monday night - an annual event.