Freya says come and join me at West Norfolk G&S

West Norfolk Gilbert and Sullivan Society held a reception on Tuesday to attract new cast members for its next production.

The event at the Hanse House in Lynn was to tell people about The Mikado, which will be performed in February at the Guildhall.

English National Opera with (from left) Fiona Canfield, Mary Bevan and Rachael Lloyd
A scene from The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan @ London Coliseum. An English National Opera production, directed by Jonathan Miller.
(Opening 21-11-15)
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English National Opera with (from left) Fiona Canfield, Mary Bevan and Rachael Lloyd A scene from The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan @ London Coliseum. An English National Opera production, directed by Jonathan Miller. (Opening 21-11-15) ?Tristram Kenton 11/15 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com ANL-151124-135604001

Getting sufficient actors, particularly younger ones, is a problem many amateur dramatic companies face.

For those who work in particular, it is a big commitment in time and energy.

But as officers of the society were keen to point out on Tuesday evening, it is very rewarding.

One who will be treading the boards in February is soprano Freya Brunton, 25.

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She first appeared for the society in its last production, The Yeoman Of The Guard.

She said: “I had just got back from university at the time and I was just having a browse to see what type of groups there were in the area.

“I have sung since I was 16 and had done opera but had not done G&S.

“I was living with my parents in Downham then. I now live in Bury St Edmunds but I really like the group. They are really good fun to work with, so I am still keen to come back to King’s Lynn.

“If I can manage to come back from Bury then I would say other people can definitely come and do it.”

Freya, who works in accounts, said that appearing in G&S had led to her development as a singer.

“It has definitely improved my diction and working with Michael Hankinson (musical director) and Andrew Nicklin (director) was really interesting.”

Freya said she was going up for the role of Yum-Yum in The Mikado, which has yet to be cast.

Julie Turner, patron secretary of the society, said everyone was very excited about this production.

“She said: “It hasn’t been finally decided yet, but we are considering a very modern staging, similar to how the English National Opera did it with the Three Little Maids appearing in St Trinian’s schoolgirl uniforms.

“We need 30 to 40 people, of which 10 will be principals. it is about 50-50 men and women.

“We rehearse once a week, learning the music at North Wootton Village Hall. Then we spend about 10 weeks on Friday and Saturday evenings, ‘setting’ the show, blocking it and moving people about, separating the principals and the chorus.

“When it comes to the dress rehearsals and the shows themselves, some people take time off work, but not everybody. But it is a long day if you come straight from work.”

The show is being staged from February 1-4 next year.

The first get-together is on Thursday, September 1, with a 7.30 start at North Wootton Village Hall.

The Mikado, last performed by the society in 2012 at the Corn Exchange, is an excellent show for first-timers and experienced players alike.

Comedy, pathos and some wonderful music abound, and its Japanese setting enhances it as possibly the best-loved of all the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.

Newcomers will be made welcome; the society is particularly looking for altos and tenors. While no auditions are held for the chorus, you do need to be able to sing a bit: auditions for the principals will be held in October and all are welcome to try for principal roles.

Contact society secretary Liz Griffin on 07795844152 or email secwngs@gmail.com