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The Cast



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Soldiers, Courtiers, Girl Graduates and Daughters of the Plough

 

The Principals (see portraits)

Souvenir Programme



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NODA report

 

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Author Sally Holmes

 

Awarded second place in the NODA poster competition 2015!

 

King Hildebrand

Donald Stephenson

 

Cyril

Gordon Fawcett

 

Arac

David Parker

 

Sacharissa

Roz Ebbetts

 

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King Gama

David Macdonald

 

Florian

John Carter

 

Guron

David Nield

 

Chloe

Catherine Culligan

 

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Hilarion

Colin Belsey

 

Lady Blanche

Val Green

 

Scynthius

Peter Haken

 

Ada

Julie Robinson

 

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Melissa

Jane Fawcett

Princesss Ida

Rachel Warren

Lady Psyche

Brittany Rachin

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Sopranos



Wendy Belsey

 

Helen Johnson

 

Madeleine Johnson

 

Gwen Nuttall

 

Altos



Carrie Brown

 

Charlotte Brown

 

Dot Haken

 

Liz Kelley

 

Sam Westwood

 

Tenors



Jim Coleman

 

Martin Johnson

 

Daniel Stanford

 

 

Bass



Graham Woods

 

 

Publicity photos



Shot on location courtesy of the Ripley Castle Estate

 

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Dress rehearsal photos



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NODA report

 

Princess Ida, one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s less performed operas, was new to me but I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to see this first-rate show by Harrogate G&S Society. The show was lively, moving along at a good pace with plenty of humour. The singing and acting were of an extremely high standard. There were some superb solo performances, most notably from Donald Stephenson as King Hildebrand – his diction was excellent at all times, Rachel Warren as Princess Ida – her singing was absolutely beautiful and I particularly liked Valerie Greens portrayal of Lady Blanche. There were also superb supporting roles from Brittany Rachin as Lady Psyche and Jane Fawcett as Melissa. I loved the humour from the three “friends” Colin Belsey as Hilarion, Gordon Fawcett as Cyril and John Carter as Florian.

 

Chorus work was superb and the diction of the cast was of an extremely high standard – not easily achieved in G & S especially. For me, this made the production so much easier to follow. The costumes by Mary Glaze and Elizabeth Stagewear were spectacular and complimented the scenery, by Paul Lazell, which was very striking.

 

The orchestra, under the baton of Oliver Longstaff, was excellent and they played sympathetically without drowning out the cast on stage. All of the singing was beautiful and could be heard with such clarity – they had obviously been well drilled in their singing by their chorus master Nicholas Whitaker.

 

Congratulations must go to Alistair Donkin (Director) on this superb production, and I look forward to seeing Pirates of Penzance in 2016!'

 

Sally Holmes

22 May 2015

 

 

 
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