Hippy take on a classic

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Gilbert and Sullivan classic Iolanthe is given a hippy hippy shake for a performance in Scarborough next month.

Audience are invited to dress in garb from the flower power era for the operetta at Graham School on November 10 at 7pm

Sandside Orchestra, conducted by Bill Scott and led by Paul DeVillanueva, will be joined by singers Lesley Machen, Kathryn Irwin and Maria Thirwell in the lead female roles. Principal male roles will be sung by Mick Tiffany, Roger Maughan, Dave Blaker, and Michael O’Brien. Chris Gray and Kate Boddy will be supplying the supporting roles.

Doing the chorus singing are Hackness Ladies Choir and Tenor 11.

“The performance will move from its traditional Victorian setting into the 1960s. Interestingly the main butt of Gilbert’s satire, the rank and privilege of the House of Lords is almost as relevant today as it was in 1882 when the first performance of Iolanthe took place,” said Mr Scott.

Any member of the audience who would like to sing is invited to join in although they will have to provide their own score.