Christchurch to per­form Sorcerer

Loughborough Echo - - THE GUIDE - By Me­gan Cox me­gan.cox@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A THE­ATRE com­pany based in Shep­shed is ready to cast its spell on au­di­ences with its up­com­ing pro­duc­tion.

Christchurch G&S So­ci­ety is to hit the stage later this year with Gil­bert and Sul­li­van’s The Sorcerer.

Al­though not as fa­mil­iar as other comic op­erettas, The Sorcerer has some recog­nis­able satire of Bri­tain’s class sys­tem – a pop­u­lar theme of Gil­bert’s – and el­e­ments of the story will also seem fa­mil­iar, with a love po­tion at the heart of the plot.

The ac­tion is set in Plover­leigh, where vil­lagers are gath­er­ing to cel­e­brate the en­gage­ment of Alexis Point­dex­tre – son of the baronet Sir Mar­maduke – and Aline Sangazure.

As they pre­pare to mark their en­gage­ment of­fi­cially, Alexis re­veals to Aline his plan to en­sure that love lev­els all classes.

He in­vites John Welling- ton Wells, from a re­spected Lon­don firm of sor­cer­ers, to brew a love po­tion and gives it to the vil­lagers.

On wak­ing from their po­tion-in­duced sleep, the vil­lagers fall in love with the first per­son they see and the re­sult is a set of com­i­cal mis­matches be­tween the char­ac­ters.

Alexis is de­lighted with the results at first but it all goes wrong when Aline falls for an­other...

Adrian Dob­son will be tak­ing on the role of Alexis op­po­site Ali­son Matthews as Aline. Sir Mar­maduke will be played by Mike Jones on his de­but ap­pear­ance with the so­ci­ety, along­side Sue Smith as Lady Sangazure.

Al Jor­dan will be John Welling­ton Wells with Ed­die Atkin as Dr Daly. And Lisa Grant and Re­becca Hunt will be in their first prin­ci­pal roles as Con­stance and Mrs Part­let re­spec­tively. Other roles will be played by Richard Tom­lin­son, Roger Mug­gle­ton and Va­lerie Hart.

The Sorcerer is at Iveshead School The­atre, Shep­shed, (for­merly Hind Leys Col­lege), from Tues­day, Novem­ber 7, un­til Satur­day, Novem­ber 11.

Per­for­mances are at 7.30pm Tues­day to Friday with a Satur­day mati­nee at 2.30pm. Tick­ets are £12 (£6 chil­dren) from so­ci­ety mem­bers or by call­ing 01509 504376.

Pic­tured, from left to right, are Mike Jones, Ed­die Atkin, Roger Mug­gle­ton, Al Jor­dan, Richard Tom­lin­son, Ali­son Matthews and Adrian Dob­son.

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