MATLOCK: G&S Society’s recruitment drive for Haddon Hall production

COMPANY members have issued a rallying call for recruits as they look forward to staging a show guaranteed to strike a chord with Derbyshire audiences.

Matlock G&S Society are holding a Haddon Hall Day today, Saturday, October 26, at the town’s All Saints Church Hall on Smedley Street, from 10am.

The company is looking for new members of all ages to fill roles in their production of Haddon Hall, which will be staged at the Medway Centre, Bakewell, from June 12-14, 2014.

Society chairman Liz McKenzie said: “Apart from the eight principals and the chorus of the household, there is a semi-chorus designated ‘Girls’. We are encouraging anyone interested to come along and find out about the show and the society in general. There will be a buffet lunch.”

Haddon Hall is set in 1652, following the defeat of Charles II at Worcester the previous year.

It is based on the story of the elopement of Dorothy Vernon (the daughter of Sir George Vernon) with John Manners (son of the Duke of Rutland.

Sydney Grundy, who wrote the original libretto, moved the action to the 17th century during the time of the Civil War and introduced a group of comical Puritans to add a humorous element.

The music was composed by Arthur Sullivan. Grundy’s original dialogue has not aged well so the Matlock company will be using a revised libretto prepared by David Eden and Martin Yates.

Max Taylor will be directing the production for the company, assisted by Nic Wilson and Angela Robinson. Melanie Gilbert will be the musical director.