March 2015

Cast and Crew

The Mikado of Japan Ken Brook
Nanki Poo Peter Bowden
Ko-Ko Bob Wardle
Pooh-Bah David Seager
Pish-Tush Tony Alman
Yum-Yum Hannah Carolan
Peep-Bo Jennie Henshaw
Pitti-Sing Eleanor Molloy
Katisha Susan Bradley
   
PRODUCER Jean Horrocks

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Christine Seager
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Awards

 Winner/Runner-up  Award Person Organisation
 WINNER Best G&S Production   NODA
RUNNER UP Best Actress in a Musical Hannah Carolan BATS

Reviews

NODA

This Society put on a splendid show.

Their new venue suited the singers and the well-run orchestra. Costumes were colourful and sound exceptional. Lighting was simple but effective. The orchestra under the baton of Christine Seager was super. No way did it drown out the singers.

All the soloists were well-cast. Peter Bowden playing Nanki-Poo sang so well with such a strong voice he didn't need a mic. His entry singing 'A Wand'ring Minstrel' was well performed. The love of his life, Yum-Yum, was beautifully played by Hannah Carolan. Her two friends Pitti-Sing (Eleanor Molloy) and Peep-Bo (Jennie Henshaw), all wards of Ko-Ko were well chosen. Both acted and sang really well. The song 'Three Little Maids' was stunning.

The men in this show played their parts with such understanding, Tony Alman (Pish-Tush) gave a good performance especially having to standup to Pooh-Bah (David Seager) The Lord High Everything Else. You were both outstanding.

How can anyone forget Ko-Ko? Played by Bob Wardle, he was exceptional. Singing and facial expressions perfect. I loved his reaction when he agrees to the wedding of Yum-Yum and Nanki-Poo.

The entrance of The Mikado and Katisha causes quite a stir in the village especially as The Mikado is looking for his son who happens to be Nanki-Poo, and Ko-Ko tells him that he has just been executed. Add to this the appearance of Katisha looking to claim Nanki-Poo, who she loves. Trouble in store!!!!! Susan Bradley gives a strong performance as Katisha, well acted was Ken Brook as The Mikado.

Every number was sung so well. The ones that impressed me were Yum-Yum, 'The Sun Whose Rays', Ko-Ko, 'The Lord High Executioner' and Katisha, 'Alone and Yet Alive'. The chorus also sang well. I am always impressed with the harmonies. I really feel that I could have said that all numbers deserved mention, they were so good.

Well done everyone.

Thank you so much for the care and attention given on my visit.

Jackie Kay

BATS