The cast of West Norfolk Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s next production, The Sorcerer, are all set to project the musical farce into the 1930s after a visit to Sennowe Park.
Returning to the Arts Centre stage for the first time in 14 years, vice-president, Amanda Arterton was keen to get the group into character by taking the opportunity to hold a cast photo-shoot at the impressive Edwardian country house, in Guist, near Fakenham.
She said: “The house is very much in the style of the set we are hiring and the winter garden with marble statue and pillars and striped awnings were perfect for the fete to celebrate the engagement of Alexis and Aline.
“The Sorcerer has been invited by Alexis, to the village of Ploverleigh to administer a Love Potion to the whole village, so that they all should fall in love.”
She added: “When the villagers wake 12 hours after drinking the potion, disguised in the tea brewed by Dr Daly the vicar, and all fall in love with the first ‘un-engaged’ person they see, is hilarious.
“The lowly villagers end up falling for the well-to-do gentry and intelligentsia, and chaos ensues! Alexis eventually persuades Aline to take the love potion to seal their undying love, however, the first person she sees on waking is Dr Daly the vicar!”
Director Andrew Nicklin, known for his innovative productions, is bringing The Sorcerer forward to the 1930s and has already faced a struggle with a last-minute replacement to take on the role of Alexis.
Instead of Leslie Crowson taking up the role, Alexis will now be played by Laurence Panter from London, who played Alexis in a summer tour of the Sorcerer for The South Anglia Savoy Players. Amanda said: “The group were very lucky to find a ready-made Alexis who was willing to travel for the role.
“Next year he is to begin a post-graduate course studying singing at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London, and is destined for great things. We have assembled a quality group of singers and actors this year and audiences are in for a treat.”
The show runs from Thursday, January 30. to Saturday, February 1, from 7.30pm, with an extra matinee performance on Saturday at 2.30pm.
Call the box office on 01553 764864 or go to www.kingslynnarts.co.uk to book tickets at £12.