The following has been retyped from a very badly damaged newspaper cutting.
In this centenary year of “The Yeomen of the Guard”, societies who perform Gilbert and Sullivan have a strong reason for choosing the show. It takes them into a tragic realm, and brings a demand for depth of acting not often found in G&S.
East Norfolk Operatic Society at Broadland High School, Hoveton, whose vivacity in the comic pieces has become a blessing, do not find the heart of it, and the collapse of poor Jack Point (John McInnes) leaves us dry-eyed.
It becomes an elaborately staged singalong, making its greatest successes visually and musically.
Produced by George Baker, with Dennis Johnson as Musical Director, it has a big orchestra capable of lovely sounds and a chorus who often sound very fine, though they don't always look as though they are part of what's going on.
In the absence of totally engaging performances one is grateful for the diction of Keith Wincote as Col Fairfax, the beautiful appearance of Beverley McInnes' Elsie Maynard, and the imposing presence of Kenneth Davis as Lieutenant of the Tower.
The production plays for the rest of the week.