Our Sincere Thanks go to The 60th Anniversary Committee: Liz Tinston, Chair, Sarah Crask, Social Secretary, Lesley Baker, Kathryn Berrill, John Brough
Northampton Gilbert & Sullivan Group
Script Writer: John Brough Rehearsal Pianists: Keith Wills, Angela Mayes, Anne Whittaker, Christine Marson Rehearsal Venues: Boothville Community Hall, St Crispinâ€™s Retirement Village - arranged by Dot Bailey Programme Design: Simon Crask, Tom Pearson, Andrew Wilson Programme Printing: Sue Abbott Stage Design: Phill Abbott Catering: The Village Bakery, Duston Cake Design: Kathryn Berrill
Years in Performance
Page Turner Sarah Crask
The 60th Anniversary Concert
The Royal Auditorium Saturday 5th October 2013
Northampton Gilbert & Sullivan Group is a company registered in England and Wales No. 2948199 and a Registered Charity No. 1039705 and a member of the National Operatic and Dramatic Association and Making Music
Bringing 60 years of Gilbert & Sullivan to Northamptonshire
A Brief History of the Group Northampton Gilbert & Sullivan Group owes its origins to an advertisement placed in the Chronicle & Echo on the 6th October 1953, which directly led to the formation of the group.
60th Anniversary Concert Programme The Mikado
If you want to know who we are Comes a train of little ladies Three little maids
Patricia and John Rickerd, founders of the group, were seeking like minded individuals in order that the “Savoy Operas” might be performed in Northampton and since those early beginnings, we are very proud to have presented the entire canon of Gilbert & Sullivan Operettas at least once.
Trial by Jury Oh gentlemen listen I pray That seems a reasonable proposition A nice dilemma HMS Pinafore
When I was a lad The hours creep on apace
Our first production, The Mikado, opened at the Town Hall on Monday 7th February 1955 and we have been extremely lucky to have performed in just three different venues; Northampton Repertory Theatre, The Guildhall, Derngate and our current home The Royal Auditorium.
My eyes are fully open
Yeomen of The Guard
I have a song to sing oh
Oh maiden rich
Finale act of one
Since that first production we have presented 59 Operettas and 9 Curtain raisers to a conservatively estimated 80,000 people*. We have erected 68 sets and had over 2,800 people performing on stage (not at the same time) in more than 3500 costumes; an incredible achievement for an amateur group. th
We will return in January with our 60 production, HMS Pinafore, and we look forward to continuing our ‘topsy-turvy’ journey with you into the next 60 years. *Based on an average of 200 people per performance
A Note from our President That an organisation like ours should reach its 60th anniversary is testament to two things: the tenacity and endeavour of its loyal members, and the enduring appeal and delight of the canon of Gilbert and Sullivan operas. These wonderful works of theatre, so well-written, so tuneful, and so British, have stood the test of time, and deserve to be celebrated and presented for the delight of generations to come. It has been Northampton G&S Group’s enduring pleasure to do this for the last 60 years, and long may it, and the operas, continue to flourish.
Jeff Programme Cover The cover picture includes a composite of some of Northampton Gilbert & Sullivan Group’s programme covers from the last 60 years. It includes at least one cover per decade and covers every Gilbert & Sullivan operetta.
Interval There will be an interval of 20 minutes
The Sorcerer Why, where be oi? The Grand Duke
Strange the views some people hold
When a merry maiden marries Take a pair of sparkling eyes
Princess Ida The world is but a broken toy Finale act two Patience
It’s clear that mediaeval art
The Pirates Climbing over rocky mountain of Penzance Poor wandering one When the foeman bares his steel With cat like tread The Mikado
Finale act two
60th Anniversary Ensemble Dot Bailey, Lesley Baker, Suzanna Bishop, Lisa Burns, Sarah Butt, Jane Chatburn, Hannah Crockatt, Wendy Gosset, Sue Holt, Rosie Kalve, Wendy Le Vaast, Angela Mayes, Alison Mead, Yukiyo Ohashi, Jo Pearson, Kim Phillips, Angela Shash, Liz Tinston, Kelly Wilson, Phill Abbott, James Allen, Neil Baker, Nick Best, Simon Crask, Phil Goalby, Mike Gray, Mike Howells, David Jenkins, Trevor Mantle, Tom Pearson, David Pridgeon, Ron Sheffield, Rick Tavener, Alan Tremaine, Cliff Tremaine, Louie Utterson, Andrew Wilson Compere:
Concert Director: Musical Director: Accompanist: Stage Manager:
Mike Gray David Chambers Laurence Caldecote Katie Di Stefano
Northampton Gilbert & Sullivan Group 60th Anniversary Concert Programme.