110 not out for modern day Von Trapp’s!
Abbots Langley may have a reputation for being a sleepy village, but beneath its tranquil exterior a rich vein of theatrical talent can be found. One family in particular can lay claim to being the modern day version of the Von Trapp family, famously immortalised in the ‘Sound of Music’. Although he does not use whistles to keep his family in check (not anymore anyway!), Norman Southorn is the head of an impressively gifted family who have collectively clocked up an amazing 110 year association with the award winning Abbots Langley Gilbert & Sullivan Society (ALGSS).
Norman has been a member for fifty years with wife (and current Chairman) Brenda not far behind him with forty. Children David, a music teacher and saxophonist has been with the company for six years and daughter Emma, a professional singer and actress, for fourteen. Indeed, Emma’s first foray into G&S began when in the womb when Brenda was in a production of ‘Iolanthe’!
In keeping with their Von Trapp status, the entire Southorn clan can be seen performing solo roles in the forthcoming ALGSS production of ‘Yeomen of the Guard’. After a two year absence due to its £8.6 million make over, ALGSS will be returning to the Watford Palace Theatre, their spiritual home 14 - 19 February. ALGSS are an international award winning G&S company, so don’t miss them when they make their triumphant return to the Palace. To book tickets call the box office on 01923 225671 or book online at www.watfordtheatre.co.uk For more information about the Society, log onto www.algss.org.uk