Singing for Love

Now pray what is the cause of this remarkable hilarity? Ken Martin, 69, is fairly sure it's his dancing. The Mackay Choral Society is rehearsing Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera The Gondoliers, and "I can't dance," admits the retired transport-firm manager and future Duke of Plaza-Toro. The whole choir is laughing, "but it's me who's getting it right," he says. "The rest of them are wrong."

Musical director Kim Kirkman, 33, whose long hair and goatee fit his role as gondolier Marco, gets his share of giggles, singing female parts in falsetto and doing an improvised...

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