Cen­tre makes a pro­duc­tion of it

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

AN idea by two mem­bers of the Man­ning Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre to per­form a hand­ful of favourite Gil­bert and Sul­li­van songs for mem­bers evolved into a full-scale pro­duc­tion of The Mikado re­cently.

Prepa­ra­tions for the show started about 12 months ago.

Cen­tre mem­bers took on a range of roles to pre­pare for the show, ac­cord­ing to su­per­vi­sor Glenn Rogers.

“It grew into a full pro­duc­tion in­cor­po­rat­ing the many tal­ents of our mem­bers,” Mr Rogers said.

“Our art group has spent many hours paint­ing a huge back­drop that was based on a scene from the first per­for­mance of The Mikado cre­ated by Hawes Craven.”

The Man­ning Men’s Shed group built stage sets, in­clud­ing a bridge, two Ja­panese tem­ples and other props.

And women from the craft group made lots of cherry blos­soms that dec­o­rated the set.

“Cos­tumes were de­signed and cre­ated by three of our talented mem­bers and our cho­rus and soloists met ev­ery Fri­day af­ter­noon to prac­tise their singing,” Mr Rogers said.

Three per­for­mances were held on July 2, 3 and 4 in front of sell-out crowds of Gil­bert and Sul­li­van mu­sic lovers.

Cen­tre vol­un­teer Su­san Birtwistle said she was chuffed at how well every­body at the cen­tre had got in­volved with stag­ing the pro­duc­tion.

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