Girton Musical Theatre was founded almost thirty years ago as Girton Operatic and since that time has put on an annual Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. For many years, some members have asked to widen the repertoire and finally the re-named group is about to present The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar!
We all knew this was going to be a new experience for us, but have found it challenging in many ways. With a large core of hardened G&S members, we worried that some would decide not to take part (that didn’t happen!). The music was also much less well known – several members can sing virtually all the G&S operas by heart, and the tunes are familiar to most of us. We have had to work harder learning the music, and the soloists have had to learn more dialogue than they are used to, with several passages spoken over music – another challenge! The directors have also had to approach the show differently – no more changing lyrics to include local and topical references, as is often done in G&S. And last but not least, the cast is being reminded that we need to sell more tickets than usual to cover the increased costs of performance fees!
However, despite, or perhaps because of, all the new experiences, we are gradually starting to love the music, and feel the show is really coming together! Over the last couple of weeks the cast have been set painting (see photo) and are looking forward, with perhaps a bit more trepidation than usual, to our opening night on February 22nd.
Performances at Girton Glebe School Hall, Cambridge Road, Girton, CB3 0PN from Thursday February 22nd to Saturday February 24th at 7.30pm, with a matinée on Saturday at 2.30pm.
Tickets sold in advance cost £10 for adults and £4 for a child.
On the door they cost £12 for adults and £5 for children
THE MERRY WIDOW. Original book and lyrics by VICTOR LEON and LEO STEIN. Music by FRANZ LEHAR
New book and lyrics by PHIL PARK. Music adapted and arranged by RONALD HANMER. This amateur production is presented by arrangement with GLOCKEN VERLAG LTD.