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The 2006 performance was a refreshing new version creatively directed by our professional director Alistair Donkin. From the outset this version was really going to be performed as a Victorian melodrama. Old hags for bridesmaids and rivalry with the locals setting the scene from opening curtain. Not one for the traditionalists, but Alistairs new version breathed life into one of the less popular G and S shows. Lots of laughter throughout certainly delivered a revitalised Ruddygore for the audience.
Pirates in a Day proved to be a tremendous success. Bringing together not only our current members but also members from other Societies and people who just fancied a day singing. An evening meal was kindly provided by our “in resident chef” Tony Noden who showed his versatility by also musically directing the whole event. The audience in the evening were given a musical performance consisting of a chorus of over fifty people plus a wide selection of Principals. Many kind words were spoken after the event and we hopefully will carry out a similar production some time in the future.
Our major yearly performance for 2007 consisted of ‘The Zoo’ and ‘HMS Pinafore’. The Zoo had never been performed by the society so proved to be a new and enjoyable challenge to all concerned. Music by Mr Sullivan and words by Bolton Rowe The Zoo was a delightful 40 minute performance that gave the chorus a great opportunity to develop there individual characters. A very well received performance throughout show week, some people remarked that they enjoyed it so much they wished it was longer!
HMS Pinafore was also well received, with Alistair Donkin working the male chorus hard they finally delivered a well drilled performance. The ladies chorus not only sang well but their costumes were very well designed, each with their own individuality. All principals delivered strong performances and with a strong chorus supporting them this show was performed at the high standard that is expected of Sale G and S.
2009 saw the return of The Gondoliers. With the support of Manchester University G and S Society (MUGSS) we were able to boost our numbers for this performance. For the society this was financially a difficult year, we needed to break even or make a profit to continue. With this in mind everyone pulled together and we not only made The Gondoliers an excellent show which also led to the “Best Comedy Performance” award being presented to John Mathias by the Manchester Music Awards, but we also managed to sell more tickets thus successfully achieving a small profit. So we are now looking forward to performing Iolanthe in 2010.