My late husband, who taught English and drama at Casterton Community College in the 1980s, and I were both avid Gilbert and Sullivan fans, and as The Mikado was the only Gilbert and Sullivan score he produced, at the school, I was relishing seeing the recent production in Stamford Exchange Theatre.
What a super show Alex Moore produced! Although it is a shame more younger people cannot be encouraged to take part, the costumes, singing, orchestra, under the baton of Rodney Dawkins, and lovely Japanese fan manipulation by the chorus, could not be faulted, and warranted much larger audiences.
Needless to say a good proportion of the audience was in the over 60 age group. It is a pity that youngsters do not realise that much of the enjoyment of the Victorian shows comes not only from the beautiful music, but from the witty, sarcastic dialogue, appropriate to the day, which in places had been cleverly brought up to date by Mr Moore’s pin-pointing present-day local moans!
I must give special mention to Katisha, played so wonderfully by Margaret Wainwright, whose lovely voice and amusing and at times frightening actions with her fan, deserved her prolonged applause.
I have been privileged to have seen all the productions from the inception of the company in 1951, in Stamford School Hall, and this must surely rate as one of the best.
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