YAOS Past Productions > 1902 > Trial by Jury
Yeovil Operatic Society
Presents Its Inaugural Production
Gilbert & Sullivan's Operetta
Trial by Jury
The Assembly Rooms
Princes Street, Yeovil
10-12 December, 1902
Stage Manager: Mr Jack Horrex
Musical Director: Mr B B Swaffield
Accompanist: Miss Parsons
Hon Secretary: Mr Charles Edwards
Music by Mr Arthur Sullivan
Librettist Mr W S Gilbert
By permission of Mrs D'Oyly Carte
Wednesday 10th December 1902 was the date of the first reported performance by the newly-formed Yeovil Operatic Society, which took place in The Assembly Rooms at the Constitutional Club in Princes Street. This was a concert arranged in connection with Yeovil's celebration of the coronation of King Edward VII on 9th August 1902.
The first part of the concert was a variety show, with a mixture of singing and comedy acts. The second part was a performance of the well-known Gilbert & Sullivan operetta 'Trial by Jury'. The report by the Yeovil Chronicle in its edition of Friday 12th December 1902 is copied below. Similar reports were also carried by the Western Gazette on 12th December 1902 and Pulman's Weekly on 16th December 1902. The performance was described by the Yeovil Chronicle as "quite a success, the musical and theatrical parts being a credit to the actors"!
(Newspaper cutting courtesy of Mr Jack Sweet)
The Cast of the YAOS 1902 production of 'Trial by Jury'
(Copied from the 1934 Programme)
The Yeovil Constitutional Club & Assembly Rooms in Princes Street (c1902)