Christchurch G&S ready to cast their spell
Christchurch G&S Society are preparing to cast a spell on local audiences as tickets go on sale for their magical production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Sorcerer.
Although not as familiar as some of Gilbert and Sullivan’s other comic operettas, The Sorcerer has some recognisable satire of Britain’s class system – a popular theme of Gilbert’s – and elements of the story will also seem familiar, with the use of a love potion at the heart of the plot. The action is set in the village of Ploverleigh, where villagers are gathering to celebrate the engagement of Alexis Pointdextre – son of the baronet Sir Marmaduke – and Aline Sangazure, of suitably similar breeding. As they prepare to mark their engagement officially, Alexis reveals to Aline, his plan to ensure that love levels all ranks and classes. He has invited John Wellington Wells from a respected London firm of sorcerers, to brew a love potion which will be given to all the villagers at the forthcoming feast. On waking from their potion-induced sleep, the villagers fall in love with the first person they see and the result is a set of comical mismatches between the main characters. Alexis is delighted with the results at first but when Aline falls for another (after he persuaded her to take the potion too) he appeals to John Wellington Wells for help. Can the spell be broken and will order be restored?
A familiar face is returning to the principal line-up for this show, with Adrian Dobson taking on the role of Alexis opposite Alison Matthews as Aline. Sir Marmaduke will be played by Mike Jones on his debut appearance with the society, alongside Sue Smith as Lady Sangazure. Al Jordan will be mixing up the potions as John Wellington Wells with Eddie Atkin as Dr Daly and Lisa Grant and Rebecca Hunt in their first principal roles as Constance and Mrs Partlet respectively. Other roles will be played by Richard Tomlinson, Roger Muggleton and Valerie Hart.
The Sorcerer is at Iveshead School Theatre, Shepshed (formerly Hind Leys College), from Tuesday 7th to Saturday 11th November and tickets are on sale now. Performances are at 7.30pm Tuesday to Friday with a Saturday matinee only at 2.30pm. Tickets are £12 (£6 for children) and are available through society members or by calling Margaret on 01509 504376.
Full cast list
Sir Marmaduke Pointdextre – Mike Jones
Alexis Pointdextre – Adrian Dobson
John Wellington Wells – Al Jordan
Dr Daly – Eddie Atkin
Notary – Roger Muggleton
Lawyer – Richard Tomlinson
Lady Sangazure – Sue Smith
Aline Sangazure – Alison Matthews
Mrs Partlet – Rebecca Hunt
Constance – Lisa Grant
Alice – Valerie Hart