10:59 Thursday 06 February 2014

All abroad for new version of Pinafore

Written byROB SMYTH

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BURTON Operatic Society fans are in for a double treat with the group’s February production of HMS Pinafore with Trial By Jury.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s works are currently part of a Radio 2 programme hosted by Ken Bruce, so it is an opportune time for the society to be going back to it’s roots and performing one of the shows from the writers who really started musical theatre as it is known today.

With HMS Pinafore being a relatively short show, ‘Trial by Jury’ will be performed by the crew of HMS Pinafore as on-board entertainment for passengers at the beginning of Act II.

Director Steve Foster has introduced many of his own ideas to the staging, costuming and production of the show, while keeping to the original storyline.

The choreography has been a team effort and Steve has really involved the whole cast and encouraged them to bring their own ideas to the dance elements of the production resulting in some very energetic, fun and modern routines.

“Gilbert and Sullivan have stood the test of time”, he said.

“If Gilbert were alive today the words of the show would be bang up to date, addressing all the current issues in society as they did when ‘Pinafore’ was first written.

“Gilbert was known to change the script one hour before a performance and you can’t get more current than that – I’m not sure I could do that to the Burton Operatic Cast – it would be a bit unfair.

“For those theatregoers who consider themselves traditionalists the music is exactly as Sullivan originally wrote – it’s just some of the dialogue and the costumes which have been changed to bring the production right up to date.

“For those who think they are not keen on Gilbert and Sullivan we hope they will give this production a chance because as much comedy as possible has been squeezed out of it – just ask the company who don’t seem to be able to remember many of their moves at rehearsal because they have been laughing so much.

“We have some new and young members who have never performed Gilbert and Sullivan before but who are thoroughly enjoying it.”

The show runs from Tuesday, February 18 to Saturday, February 22 with performances at 7.30pm and 2.30pm on the Saturday at De Ferrers Academy, in Harehedge Lane, Burton.

Tickets are from £10 and are available by calling 01283 541552 or emailing andrews50544@hotmail.co.uk

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