Alexander Theatre, Monash University
April 16, 17 & 23 2010 at 8.00 pm
April 17, 24 2010 at 2.00 pm
Thespis was first performed in 1871 at the Gaiety Theatre, London. It is an extravaganza in which the Greek gods, grown elderly, are temporarily replaced by a troup of actors and actresses. One of these actors is the eponymous Thespis, the Greek father of drama. It is an ingenious and humorous political satire and parody of Grand Opera. It mimics Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld and La Belle Helene, which, in translation, were enormous hits on the English musical stage at the time.
Recently restored and professionally staged in London by Timothy Henty and Anthony Baker, this is the first time the opera, in any version, has been staged in Australia! With additional music by Jacques Offenbach this is a wonderful recreation of an almost "lost" opera. Cheekier and spicier than the later G&S operas this promises to be the most exciting light opera event of the Century. Designed by James Wright and Phoenix Zhou and Musical Direction by John Ferguson.
Directed and Choreographed by James Wright
Music arranged and orchestrated by Timothy Henty
Libretto revised by Anthony Baker
|Jenny Coll, Alicia Marcano, Susannah Middleton, Lisa Steinmetz, Zoe Taylor, Dave Gerard, Peter Hanway, Peter Hirst, Ben Klein, Jamie Tampion.|
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|Violins: Chantal Roddy (Concertmaster), Vanessa Neagle, Loretta Meagher, Michelle Stanic, Nathan Scerri. Viola: Lesley Qualtrough Cello: Alice Levan, Katrina di Sisto Double Bass: Robert Nicholls. Flute/Piccolo: Elizabeth Hamilton Oboe: Robert Millar. Clarinet: Jason Xanthoudakis. Bassoon: Chloe Turner. Horn: Cate Waugh. Trumpet: Linda Staggard. Trombone: Fenella Sutherland. Percussion: Kurt Abell.|
|Administration: Robert Ray. Repetiteur: Jessica Yeo. Costume Co-Ordinator: Tracey Hendy. Photography: Brian Taylor. Set Construction: Trevor Dawson, David Gerard, Ken Read, Andrew McGrail, David Angelico, John Angelico, Michael Angelico. Properties Manager: Andrew McGrail, Lisa McGrail. Lighting Board Operator: Michael Angelico. Stagecrew: Trevor Dawson, Ken Read, Gordon Bull, Peter Turley, David Angelico FOH: John Keys. Rehearsal Suppers: Bec Muratore. DVD Recordings: E-Mediate Video Productions. Audio Recordings: JeeveS Audio. Program: Robert Ray.|