Pink Champagne
Autumn 1966
Production Officials
Director Derek Taylor
Musical Director J. Arnold Thornton
Choreographer Margaret Ogden
Cast
Mitzi Stella Monk
Adele Jean Unsworth
Ida Rene Barlow
Lea Joyce Foster
Lilli Sandra Blyth
Rosalinda Marjorie Y. Hough
Gabriel Eisenstein Alec Greaves
Alfred William A. Livesey
Doctor Falke Michael Greenhalgh
Doctor Blind/Ivan David Greenhalgh
Frau Trauber Sylvia Fishwick
Frank Alan Lee
Frosch Ernest Pollitt
Prince Orlovsky Sam Barlow
Holtzapfel Ken Jones
Dancers
Janet Ennion, Anne Entwistle, Dorothy Holt, Kathleen Kay, Lorraine Parker, Denise Potts
Company
Maureen Banks, Susan Bassett, Sheila Bassett, Susan C. Briggs, Pauline Entwistle, Joyce Hardman, Nora Holder, Edith Horrocks, Joyce Knowles, Fay McDermott, Stella Neary, Brenda Orrell, Audrey Raistrick, Christine E. Roberts, Barbara Warburton, Mary Whittaker, Anne Wrennall, Elizabeth Williams, John D. Bellis, Gordon Bustard, John Eva, Robin Foster, Kenneth Jones, Graham Kay, Glyn Neary, Jim Unsworth
Bolton Evening News Review
One of Batman's ancestors is displaying all the family vitality this week in the current production of the Walmsley Church Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society. Junior will do well if he survives as long as the old man. Strauss's "Die Fledermaus", here thinly disguised as "Pink Champagne", seems to have hit the secret of eternal youth. Waltz time Viennese gaiety might be a cliche but it is one which bubbles up as fresh as ever in spite of age and overwork. Saturday night's audience could not resist the temptation to sing along with Strauss's lilting music. In Derek Tayor's production the show once again survives the inevitable limitations of amateur performance. Chorus work suffered from a shortage of male singers but the girls were competent and very pretty. Sylvia Fishwick's experience helped to pull the efforts of the others together. The ballroom scene, which bore the signs of planning and discipline, made an impact that was unfortunately not seen elsewhere. all the principals tackled the demanding music with spirit. Alec Greaves gave an unselfish, smooth performance as Gabriel Eisenstein, a traditional handsome hero, resplendent in tails and red carnation. As his wife Rosalinda, Majorie Y. Hough combined some sweet singing with a lively acting performance. Jean Unsworth too is a confident singer who radiates charm. Their ironic trio, "Poor Lonely Wife", performed with wit and awareness, was one of the high spots of the show. Playing Alfred, the slightly foolish opera singer who admires Rosalinda, William A. Livesey seemed not to know how seriously he should take his part. When he let himself appear absurd, a potential not realised in his total performance was suggested. Choreographer Margaret Ogden had trained her dancers well and their black and white bat ballet was imaginatively conceived. Another dance sequence was spoiled for me by a rather disconcerting use of lighting which made the girls look like bodies. The orchestra, under Mr J. Arnold Thornton, seemed to enjoy tackling the music. Sometimes their playing was a little too loud for singers of limited technique and balance was lost. "Pink Champagne" is a show of enduring appeal and the cast at Walmsley handled it with assurance. Saturday night's audience had no doubt that the society has its third success of the season. B.R.
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