The first taste of a Gilbert and Sullivan opera is always an experience, I was told, but I was certainly unprepared for West Norfolk Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s The Sorcerer.
Packing out Lynn’s Arts Centre with the biggest crowd the venue has seen for a theatrical production in many years, including a sell-out performance on Friday night, the show left its audience spellbound.
This production even sold more seats, despite being the lesser known show, than last year’s double-bill of the more popular HMS Pinafore and Trial by Jury.
The whimsical tale had the audience in stitches, and once used to the opera-style of performance, I was chuckling away with them.
Particular highlights came in the form of the unlucky in love vicar, Dr Daly, played by Andrew Masterson, who had the audience cheering by the end of the show and laughing throughout.
Sara-Jane Brennock also stood out for her hilarious and endearing portrayal of the lovesick Constance who is desperately trying to win his affections.
Her song with her new-found love, the deaf old man, after she had taken the love potion was a particular highlight.
But the audience’s favourite had to be the youngster who took to the stage like a natural to play Hercules – and one to watch in future productions.
A great show for all ages, and if you have never seen a Gilbert and Sullivan Opera it is most definitely an experience. Keep an eye open on the society’s future programme.