‘We’re the best of local and homegrown talent’

Gainsborough Operatic Society rehearsal of Hot Mikado.  Pictured is the three maids Liz Roberts, Bev Evans and Jemma Carlisle (G110405-8c)
Gainsborough Operatic Society rehearsal of Hot Mikado. Pictured is the three maids Liz Roberts, Bev Evans and Jemma Carlisle (G110405-8c)
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Gainsborough’s famous Amateur Operatic Society are really stepping up to the challenge of their hot new show.

GAOS will be performing their next production of Hot Mikado at Trinity Arts Centre next week.

Hot Mikado is a witty musical comedy that will have the whole family laughing - but GAOS will be performing a version with a twist.

Phil Robinson from GAOS said that the society will are really raising their game to perform their jazz treatment of the classic Gilbert and Sullivan operetta.

“Rehearsals have been going really well,” said Phil.

“Actually, we’ve been at a bit of a disadvantage because our choreographer has been off due to a back operation but now we’ve got the dancing sorted and out of the way, we are focussing on linking the scenes together with dialogue and chorus numbers.”

Phil said that their hot jazz rendition of the classic play has an exciting element of variety that people might not expect.

“It’s a bit of a mix really,” he said.

“There’s some jazz, some gospel and all sorts, as well as a new take on some of the original songs, then there are some songs which are the same but a lot more upbeat.”

He added that the talent on show from GAOS in their latest production is truly staggering.

“I’m quite surprised by the sheer talent of the cast - they are amazing,” said Phil.

“We’ve called in some people from Scunthorpe alongside the locals and we’ve poached a few from Trinity Arts and other local am dram groups but I’d definitely say we’ve got the best of local and homegrown talent.”

“It’s coming along really nicely and it should be fantastic. All of the people who have seen us rehearse have been very complimentary.”

He added: “It’s been quite challenge but we are rising to the challenge.”

“People may have had their doubts about what we could do but we are going to prove them wrong.”

The Gainsborough Amateur Operatic Society’s production of Hot Mikado will take place from Tuesday 11th – Saturday 16th April at Gainsborough’s Trinity Arts Centre.

Performances take place every day at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Tickets are £10 and can be purchased at the Trinity Arts Centre box office by calling 01427 676655 or booking online at www.trinityarts.co.uk.

All performances are dedicated to the memory of Michael Pickles.