Ahoy there, search for shipmates begins for upcoming King’s Lynn show

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Buoyed up by the success of their last production, West Norfolk Gilbert and Sullivan Society have decided to extend the run of The Pirates of Penzance in a bid to support more charities.

The group went all out to resurrect their charity twinning project for The Sorceror in January and secured a total of £1,850 to be shared between the local branches of four different charities.

Their charitable efforts proved popular with Lynn audiences, with the show selling more tickets to an amateur production, with a complete sell-out for the Friday evening, for many years.

Publicity manager Amanda Arterton said: “We had many comments from our audiences who were delighted to see Gilbert and Sullivan return to the more intimate venue of The Arts Centre. We also had people travelling from the other side of Norwich and Peterborough who were excited at the prospect of seeing the rarely produced show.

“There will be an extra performance in January, so we can support an additional charity this year and the charities we will be working with for The Pirates of Penzance are The East Anglian Air Ambulance, The Alzheimer’s Society, Tapping House Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support and Age UK Norfolk.

“We have already secured the support of four business sponsors and are in consultation with the final one!”

The Pirates of Penzance will see Andrew Nicklin take the role of Director and Derek Oldfield as Musical Director, the pair will weave their special brand of magic over the show, which will run from January 28-31, with 2 performances on the Saturday.

Amanda said: “To make the show work we need to encourage more people to come and join in the ‘riot’ that is The Pirates of Penzance. It is the best show for first timers, as it is such fun!

“The Men’s chorus get to be Pirates and Policemen which will be in the style of ‘The Keystone Cops’ and there are many funny characterisations to get your teeth into in the Pirates chorus as well as the female chorus.”

The first meeting for the show will take place on Thursday, September 11, at 7.30pm at North Wootton Village Hall. Auditions will be in October, and you do not have to be a member to audition and all newcomers are welcome to try out for the principal roles.

Anyone interested in signing up for Pirates in the chorus or to audition for a principal part should contact Amanda Arterton on 01553 776659 or Ros Ridley on 01553 674715.

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