The life and times of Melissa's parents, Fred Sinden and Beryl Dixon, in the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, from 1949 - 1960. This focuses on their journey rather than the specifics of Gilbert & Sullivan or The D'Oyly Carte, although there are plenty of musical clips of well loved tunes. Plenty of theatrical anecdotes, laughs, drama and tears. Melissa illustrates this talk with the use of projected photographs, sound clips and video footage of her parents. PLEASE NOTE This is a long talk - 1.5 hours - and can either be booked as one show with and interval, or two separate, consecutive bookings
Melissa has worked for 30 years as a professional voice-over, actor and singer, working regularly for BBC Radio 4. Through an initial involvement with the W.I., she added the strings of Public Speaking to her professional bow a few years ago, and has now gained much experience - including addressing 2000+ ladies at the Lancashire Federation W.I. Autumn General Meeting at the King Georges Hall in Blackburn. Melissa speaks on various subjects, usually concerning the performance arts - and with a good dousing of humour.
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