In March 2005, MUGSS performed Ruddigore. An exuberant, high kicking and altogether bouncy male chorus competed for centre stage with the flighty, pre-raphalite beauty of the female chorus in the Manchester University Gilbert and Sullivan Society's production of Ruddigore.
Do you like ghosts? Ruddigore gave plenty of ghosts. What about witches? We had one that cursed a baronet. Want young village maidens? What about men dressed in Dragoon guards uniforms? Yes, you've guessed it. We had those too. In short it's all typical Gilbert and Sullivan but done from the MUGSS angle. A more detailed explanation of the Ruddigore plot is for those who don't like surprises.
The songs from the show are simply great. From a number such as "When the Night Wind Howls", or "Painted Emblems" sung by ghosts to "Welcome Gentry" sung by the Dragoons, villagers and pretty maidens. There's even a hornpipe thrown in if you still yearn for Pirates of Penzance.
Manchester Music Awards winning directors Pete England and Justin Morley created a real giant feast of a show. Justin directed an orchestra made up from the talented players of the RNCM and the Manchester University Music department. Their sound alone is truly excellent. When you wrap everything together you're getting a humdinger of a show.
A PDF of the Ruddigore programme is available for viewing. Due to the way the programme was created, and the artwork received, the adverts that formed various pages had to be recreated at the end for this PDF version.