SINGERS from Meltham Parish Church Gilbert and Sullivan Society march back into action next week with a new production of Yeomen Of The Guard.
It’s a big favourite with audiences and when critics first heard the music they described it as one of Arthur Sullivan’s best scores.
It is a tough challenge for many amateur societies as those Yeoman of the title mean finding about eight basses and five tenors.
The Meltham society has done it with a little help from its friends in other societies including Huddersfield Gilbert and Sullivan Society whose Bruce Merlin sings the role of Sergeant Meryll.
The show is produced by Helen Bamforth and opens on Tuesday at the church hall with performances each evening at 7.30pm until Saturday.
There is also a Saturday matinee at 2.15pm.
There is a strong line up which includes G and S regulars Paul Richmond as Colonel Fairfax, young tenor Jonathan Wilby, who has appeared in shows in Halifax, as Leonard Meryll and Gerald Tinson as the jailer.
The Rev Steve Dixon and the familiar face of Malcolm Fairless, conductor and singer with a number of local organisations, are all involved.
There’s an equally talented line-up of singers among the female principals with Elaine Clelland, Becky Gregson-Flynn, Irene Bradley and Sandra Tinson all cast as characters trying to keep the Yeoman under control.
Denis Armstrong, a veteran of Meltham shows and one of the society’s founder members, has been persuaded to appear as the Lieutenant of the Tower.
Tickets from Hutson’s newsagents in Meltham or on 01484 349420.