The Kempsey Singers latest production A Tribute to Gilbert & Sullivan promises to have audiences humming and singing along to popular tunes from most of the pair’s well-known shows.
Poor Wandering One, I Am the Very Model of the Modern Major General, Tarantara Tarantara (Pirates of Penzance), Three Little Maids From School, Tit Willow (The Mikado), We Sail The Ocean Blue and When I Was a Lad (H.M.S. Pinafore) and The Nightmare Song (Iolanthe) are just some of the 21 songs that will be showcased in the local drama group’s upcoming presentation.
The production, which provides a well-researched commentary on each show, will include both well-known local performers as well as some young rising stars. Reference will also be made to Gilbert and Sullivan productions of the Singers dating back to the 1960s.
“The format of our show lends itself to audience participation, and anyone who feels like joining in with any of the songs will be encouraged to do so,” says director Greg Taylor.
“The production has come together as a result of a real team effort. The Macleay Choristers, under the baton of Christine Wells and accompanied on piano by Jenny Fink, have been practising feverishly to take on the role of the chorus. Jenny, along with Ross Newton, have been working hard on separate nights with the soloists. And of course, there are all the ‘behind the scenes volunteers’ who have been putting in the hours to help ensure that audiences will be shouting for more.”
Performance dates are August 18, 19 (8pm), 20 (2pm), 25,26 (8pm), 27 (2pm) at the Bandbox Theatre in Sea Street.
Tickets are $25 & $20 concession, and are available online through tickethost.com or at Hourglass Jewellers at 24-26 Smith St, Kempsey.