Day 11 - Saturday 8 August


Today's events:
  • Memorabilia Fair
  • Life above the high C's! - Valerie Masterson
  • Auditions for the Festival Production, Ruddigore
  • Iolanthe - The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company (matinee and evening)
  • Festival Club
  • Piano recital of Pineapple Poll
  • Contents:
  • Memorabilia Fair
  • Valerie Masterson
  • Results of Auditions for Ruddigore
  • Iolanthe
  • The Festival Club and Pineapple Poll


  • Memorabilia Fair

    A sighting of Marc Shepherd in his natural habitat expanding his collection
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    Picture of Marc Shepherd

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    Picture of Gilbert & Sullivan autographs
    Framed autographs of the great men themselves being offered for 190 pounds sterling for the set


    Life above the High C's - Valerie Masterson

    Valerie Masterson treated us to stories from her extremely successful career in Opera and played some of her wonderful recordings at 10.30 in the morning in the Paxton Theatre.

    Afterwards she was delighted to pose with another great D'Oyly Carte soprano, the delightful Jean Hindmarsh.

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    Picture of Valerie Masterson and Jean Hindmarsh
    The two sopranos

    Valerie Masterson and Jean Hindmarsh


    Results of the Festival Production Auditions

    Robin Oakapple Stephen Godward
    Dick Dauntless Nick Sales
    Sir Despard Howard Turnbull
    Sir Roderick Paul Thomas
    Old Adam Tony Smith
    Rose Maybud Bronwen Evans
    Mad Margaret Julia Foster
    Dame Hannah Judy Savournin
    Zorah Karen Ann Loxley
    Ruth Angie Arnell


    Iolanthe by The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company

    A Review of Iolanthe by Marc Shepherd
    A Review of Iolanthe by the Manchester Evening News

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    Picture of Iolanthe
    To thy behest offended Queen, I bow!

    Iolanthe (Maria Jones)

    For we're to be married today!

    Phyllis (Rebecca Knight) and Strephon (Mark Oldfield)

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    Picture of Strephon

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    Picture of The Peers
    Tantantara!

    And who has dared to brave our high displeasure

    The Lord Chancellor (Eric Roberts) and Phyllis

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    Picture of Lord Chancellor
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    Picture of Tolloller, Chancellor and Mountarrarat
    It seems that she's a fairy from Andersen's library

    Lord Tolloller (Barry Clark), The Lord Chancellor and Lord Mountararat (Gareth Jones)

    A dire revenge will fall on you

    The fairy's wands magically turned into spears

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    Picture of the Fairies
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    Picture of Willis and Fairy Queen
    Now here is a man whose physical attributes are simply godlike!

    Private Willis (Michael Rayner) and The Fairy Queen (Gillian Knight)

    Perhaps you're the two Noblemen I am engaged to?

    Lord Tolloller, Phyllis and Lord Mountararat

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    Picture of Phyllis
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    Picture of The cast and chorus
    Two strings go to every bow


    The Festival Club with Piano Recital of Pineapple Poll

    Ex-D'Oyly Carte repetiteurs Paul Seeley and David Mackie keeping the Festival Club audience entertained with, amongst other items, a piano duet of Pineapple Poll in the somewhat stuffy Paxton Theatre.
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    Picture of Seeley and Mackie


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