Tenors sought for The Mikado

By Tim Clarke 07/06 Updated: 07/06 15:00

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TALENTED tenors are being urged to make their voices heard by joining Worcester Gilbert and Sullivan Society's autumn production of The Mikado.

Although the main line-up for the Japanese themed operetta has been finalised, the society still wants to hear from male chorus tenors or anyone with a desire to feature in one of the most well known shows ever penned by the famous British duo.

The Mikado will run at the Swan Theatre from October 9 to 13 and features fantastic musical numbers such as the Three Little Maids From School Are We, as well as the often-revised I've Got A Little List.

Leading the line-up will be Alan Feeney who has finally ended a 12 year wait to secure the role of Ko Ko, the Lord High Executioner of Titpu.

Feeney has been performing Gilbert and Sullivan since he was 18 years old and ever since that time has had one goal - to perform as Ko Ko, a part which is wonderfully comic and a great musical challenge for him.

"I have always preferred the comic patter roles in Gilbert and Sullivan" he said.

"They just give you the scope to have fun and there is so much you can do with the characters. Ko Ko is a part that I have wanted to play for 12 years and have missed out on twice before.

"Now I can finally sing the famous and much-revised Little List song and deliver the wonderful comedy that comes with the part. Ko Ko is just so inept and really is one of life's losers, although he never realises this. But that is what makes the audience love him so much."

First time musical director Stuart Blake will pick up the baton for the production and the cast includes long time leading soprano Rebecca Fearnley as the formidable Katisha.

The three Little Maids will be played by Emma Burrows, Claire Hardie and Meriel Bartlett, while the stuffy and pompous Pooh-Bah will be played by Dave Scott. Leading tenor Ralph Barnes is cast in the role of love interest, Nanki-Poo, with Mark Tooby and James Dhonau as the Noble Lords Pish-Tush and Go-To.

Tenors interested in auditioning can pop along to Perdiswell Young People's Leisure Club every Thursday at 7.30pm or contact secretary Rebecca Fearnley on 07865599391.

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