The Grayshott Stagers
presented
TARANTARA!, TARANTARA!
by Ian Taylor

21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th November 2001
at Grayshott Village Hall, Grayshott, Hampshire

The Director was Heather LegatHeather

The Musical Director was Tony McInteeTony




The play tells the story of the famous Gilbert and Sullivan partnership: the meeting, the association with D'Oyly Carte, the mounting success, the divergencies of temperament and conflicting ambitions, Gilbert's obsession with his "lozenge" story and the trouble it caused, Sullivan's lavish social life and its disruptive consequences, his ill health, the famous tragi-comic quarrel over a new carpet for the theatre - these and many other episodes are covered.

Musical excerpts from the well-known operas are threaded into the story. The entire cast, including Carte, Gilbert and Sullivan, participate in these interludes, singing the various parts, and they also take on numerous supernumerary characters such as critics, friends, acquaintances etc.




The cast:

Gilbert Andy Andy Boughton
Sullivan Richard Richard White
D'Oyly Carte Mike Mike Clarke
Rose Alex Alexandra Legat
Grossmith Peter Peter Gardner
Jessie Heather Heather Parker
Joe Alan Alan Stone
Geraldine Teresa Teresa Marsh



Also Appearing Betty Betty Penny
Mike Mike Lee
Marian Marian Walker
Jennifer Jennifer Charters
Lizzie Liz Dobson
Malcolm Malcolm Dobson
Bob Bob Fells
Thelma Thelma Robertson
Shirley Shirley Jelliss
Jane Jane Sargeant
Tony Tony Legat
Mandy Mandy Sutcliffe
John John Dickens
Shona Shona Dickinson


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