Once more the members of the Dramatic Society are to be congratulated on a very creditable performance. In April, they presented Sheridan's The Rivals, produced by Mr. Bailey. Chief of the many difficulties which the producer so gallantly overcame was the last-minute inability of Peter Jones, through ill-health, to take the part of Sir Anthony Absolute. We were all very sorry for Jones' disappointment, but could not help feeling proud of the noble way in which Mr. Bailey himself stepped into the breach.
There is no doubt that the lovely costumes which Miss Johnson almost miraculously produced made a very big difference; but, even so, it is hard to imagine a more charming trio than Jean Mills as Lydia, Audrey Barratt as Julia, and Mary Ditchfield as Lucy.
Isobel Whitham, with her lovely, deep voice, was just right for Mrs. Malaprop: while Brian Hallatt was able to suggest by his accent the country of Sir Lucius O'Trigger's birth. One could not have desired a more melancholy Faulkland than that of Norman Broadley. Neville Bannister cut a dashing figure as Captain Absolute, and was ably supported by Alan Fields as Acres and Michael Pengelly as Fag. Others taking part were Geoffrey Davies (Thomas) and Malcolm Rotherham (David), with Pam Barnes and Sheila Holdsworth as the two maids.
Again, there had been
excellent team work, and everybody concerned worked hard to make it a most
enjoyable entertainment. The enjoyment was enhanced by the music
played by Rowena, Keith and Mr. K. Ramsell.
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