pictures date from one of our very first visits to Buxton Opera
House. These days we have come to regard the venue as a second home
having returned many times with productions ranging from Aida and
The Magic Flute to Faust and Merrie England
then, however, we were still coming to terms with the beauty of
the place, along with its (deliberately) sloping stage and quite
genuine stream running, astonishingly, behind (and occasionally
into) the orchestra pit....
Joan Self (Butterfly)
Beard (Kate Pinkerton)
Jervis (Goro) Morris Fisher (Sharpless)
Self, David Milne (Sorrow), Morris Fisher
where is everybody now?
Fisher is, of course, doing great things as our musical director,
and Joan Self, despite leaving the Derby area many years ago,
still makes scene stealing guest appearances with us whenever
possible. We are always delighted to see her. Trevor Fearn, a
lifelong lover of the Savoy Operas, is now a regular performer
with the resident company at Grim's Dyke, the former home of WS
Gilbert at Harrow Weald. North London. Little David Milne is all
grown up and probably in denial that he ever wore a sailor suit,
and Jayne Beard - now Jayne Brewster Beard- gave up regular performing
to concentrate on an artistic career . Old habits die hard, though,
and she still works on publicity for the Company.