"The Gondoliers" was performed in Palmerston North from 17-19 July 1901. According to newspaper accounts, the finale night was notable because a "flash photograph" was taken of the audience, a "decided novelty in Palmerston North". The review from the Manawatu Evening Standard 19 July 1901 had this to say of the production, "The heavy rain and rough weather last night did not deter another large audience from witnessing the second performance of "The Gondoliers" by the Palmerston Operatic Society. This is perhaps the best compliment that could possibly be given to the Society, that for two consecutive nights there has been a larger audience than many of the professional companies have drawn. The handsome dresses, graceful dances, striking groupings and tuneful music of Sullivan's opera, and the finished manner in which they are presented by the Society, are no doubt the reasons of the great interest taken in the performance. The principals were all in good form last night and they were well supported by those to whom minor characters had been allotted. Mr P Lomax (The Duke of Plaza-Toro) received a decided encore for his solo "Duke of Plaza Toro (Limited)," while Miss Burr received a similar honor for her singing of "when I was married." Mr Palmer, as the Grand Inquisitor, had to repeat two of his items, "No possible doubt whatever," and "When everyone is somebody." Messrs Jupp, Warden and Rodgers as "Marco", "Giuseppe" and "Luiz" respectively, all acquitted themselves well. The quartette "In Contemplative Fashion," by Mrs Lightwood (Tessa), Miss Hogan (Gianetta), and Messrs Warden and Jupp received a vigorous recall. Mrs Schwarz, as "Casilda,' also gave a good interpretation of the part. The choruses by the Gondoliere and Contadine were all given in a spirited and hearty fashion which drew forth the applause of the audience. Mr Orchard had the orchestra and performers well under control and the success of the piece was in a great measure due to his efforts. The two dances, the Gavotte and Cachuca, had to be repeated to satisfy the audience. Mr Orchard also acted as stage manager, great assistance being given in this respect by Mr J. C. Lane. Mr H Muller was mechanist, while the duties of secretary have been satisfactorily carried out by Mr T L Buick. The performance will be repeated to-night."