Yeoman ready to take a bow

Rehearsals from Yeoman of the Guard at Upwell.
Rehearsals from Yeoman of the Guard at Upwell.

Upwell Gilbert and Sullivan Society are preparing to take to the stage with their next production.

The group is currently busy rehearsing for The Yeomen of the Guard, which will be performed at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Outwell on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 14, 15 and 16.

Rehearsals from Yeoman of the Guard at Upwell

Rehearsals from Yeoman of the Guard at Upwell

The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets – priced at £7 for adults and £4 for children – are available from Peter and Linda Calver on 01945 773070.

The Yeomen of the Guard is thought to be the closest of the Gilbert and Sullivan shows to real opera and is not often performed because it requires a larger-than-usual quantity of male soloists and chorus members.

It is a more dramatic show than the regular comic operettas, but has the usual comedy, intrigue and wonderful music and builds to a memorable dramatic finale.

It is set in the Tower of London in the 16th century and was the 11th collaboration of 14 between Gilbert and Sullivan.

The Upwell society is an amateur group that has been running for over 45 years.

It is on the look-out for new members, particularly men.

Would-be members are welcome to go along and sing with them at practise nights. No previous experience is necessary.

The group will be rehearsing a variety of music for Upwell St Peter’s Church flower festival in June.

They stage a full Gilbert and Sullivan show every spring and also do a Christmas concert and perform charity events when requested.

They practise in St Peter’s Church on Tuesday evenings, starting at 7.30pm.

For more information about the society, visit the website www.upwell
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I’m sending you two photos which were taken in rehearsals for our forthcoming production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta “The Yeomen of the Guard”. The photos are of (451)some of the chorus of Yeomen Warders and village folk, (453) Jack Point, the Jester (Peter Calver) Elsie Maynard, a strolling singer (Kathryn Allen) Colonel Fairfax who is under sentence of death (Andy Hiles) and Sir Richard Chalmondeley, Lieutenant of the tower (Bill Weiss) with some of the chorus. I am hoping you can mention our show in your “What’s On” section, also that you might have space for a mention in advance. This is possibly the closest of the G&S shows to real opera and is not produced very often because it requires a larger quantity of male soloists and chorus. It is a more dramatic show than the usual comic operettas, and although there is some of the usual comedy, intrigue and Sullivan’s wonderful music, it builds to a memorable dramatic finale.

The details are as follows:

“The Yeomen of the Guard” performed by Upwell Gilbert and Sullivan Society

Thursday 14th, Friday 15th and Saturday 16th April 2016 at 7.30pm

The venue is St Andrews Methodist Church, Outwell.

Tickets available from Peter and Linda Calver 01945 773070

£7 adults, £4 children

We are always looking for new members especially men. We are a friendly society, and anyone is welcome to come and have a go at singing with us. No previous experience is necessary. We do a Christmas concert and charity ones when requested, and go out and entertain sometimes. We will be rehearsing a variety of music shortly for the Upwell St Peter’s Church flower festival in June, which is where we practise on Tuesday nights. Further information can be found on our website www.upwellgands.weebly.com

Many thanks for your help.

Regards,

Ann Allen (publicity)

01945 430404