Young Singers Join Mikado Cast
06 March 2017

A classic comic opera is giving local youngsters the chance to hone their singing skills.

A handful of up-and-coming singers are joining the cast of a touring company performing The Mikado at Sheringham Little Theatre.

It gives them the chance to perform the witty words and jaunty tunes of Victorian duo Gilbert and Sullivan alongside professionals.
The company, Opera Anywhere, does educational work and visited the Sheringham venue last year to stage Pirates of Penzance. Due to its success, and quality of the youngsters who came forward, they are back with the saga set in Japan.

Mark Horner, who plays one of the adult leads Poo-Bah, said: “Last Year we thought the youngsters would sing two or three choruses, but they were so good they did the whole show.
“This is the first time we have had youngsters take on some of the main roles.”

During a break in rehearsals Zac Green, 20, from Fakenham, who plays nobleman Pish-Tush, said: “Gilbert and Sullivan are not on every young performer’s radar, so this is a great opportunity.”
Katie Thompson, 19, from Knapton who is Peep-Bo and has ambitions to be a professional singer, said the experience was a bonus for her CV, and a brilliant way to be introduced to opera. She added:”I knew the Three Little Maids song which seems really catchy and simple but did not realise how tricky it is with lots of harmonies.”

Theatre Director Debbie Thompson said: “We are delighted Opera Anywhere wanted to come back here, offering a great chance for young people to work with a professional company.
“It is difficult material for young people to learn and it needs a lot of ability, dedication and hard work, so they are hand picked to make the most of the opportunity.”
The Mikado is at Sheringham Little Theatre on Friday and Saturday March 10-11 at 7.30.

 

Tickets and more information at www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com or call 01263 822347.

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