20th - 24th March 2018
Cast and Crew
|Major General Stanley||Peter Bowden|
|The Pirate King||David Seager|
|Sergeant of Police||Ken Brook|
|MUSICAL DIRECTOR||Christine Seager|
Set on the Cornish coast, Gilbert and Sullivan’s 5th Operetta is given a right royal airing by an energetic and enthusiastic cast.
From start to finish this holistic polished performance didn’t fail to please as we were treated to delightful vocals backed by a fabulous orchestra, both under the skilful baton of Musical Director Christine Seager.
As Frederick reaches his 21st year he is released from his indentures free to choose from a bevy of beauties, rather than take nurse maid Ruth up on her offer of togetherness. David Griffiths is a fine Frederick and is suitably matched to Eleanor Molloy’s impressive Mabel. With a vocal range many would be proud of; this leading couple looked just right and sang beautifully together.
Proving to be a swashbuckling Pirate King, David Seager impresses with an authoritative King whilst Heather Nicholas as Ruth shone as she mucked in with the pirates to prove she was a force to be reckoned with.
Ken Brock played a comedic Sergeant of Police with a dead pan delivery and led a merry band of policemen who delivered A Policeman’s Lot with style.
The stage was packed with pirates and daughters, which was a pleasure to see, all looking equally as ensconced in the proceedings making this a believable production.
Supported by an array of cameos and characters, all worthy of mention if space allowed. This was a true ensemble piece that together provided super harmonies – Hail Poetry was stunning.
The highlight of the show was the rendition of Modern Major General which Peter Bowden made his own. Fast paced, word perfect and with great delivery, the audience delighted with resounding applause as this accomplished performer delivered this patter song with ease.
Hannah Carolan maintains her high standard by presenting a top notch production that brought out the necessary comedy and pathos of this classic piece and with an array of stunning costumes and an impressive set, this slick production was a pleasure to watch.
Paul Cohen, BATS
'A delightful show and an enthusiastic ensemble'
Sometimes when overtures are played, you just want the show to start. But this 18 piece orchestra superbly led by Christine Seager transported me to a veritable oasis: It was simply divine - by the time the curtains opened I was ready for the show! Christine Seager then continued to conduct the orchestra with expert guidance and delicate direction, with HAIL POETRY a particular highlight for me.
Hannah Carolan directed this large cast efficiently and effectively, making the most of the comedy moments.
Heather Nicholas as Ruth was superb and attacked the role with the energy and confidence of a seasoned pro’, which was wonderful to watch.
Eleanor Molloy as Mabel and Katherine Seager as Edith were delightful with their delicate tones swirling around the theatre.
Peter Bowden as The Major- General Stanley entered with aplomb and delivered ‘MODERN MAJOR- GENERAL. with style and presence both vocally and dramatically.
I must mention the strong colourful costumes in the Act 1 of the pirates and the muted pretty shades of the ladies. The opening of Act 1, when the curtain went back and the tableau of all the ladies in white nightgowns, caps and shawls surrounding the Major General was as an inspired piece of staging as you could wish to see!
On a minor note with all these strong performances, be aware of the danger of upstaging the main action and taking the focus away from the story. Someone was guilty of this in the chorus.
I must congratulate you on a delightful show and an enthusiastic ensemble. Thank you for making my guest and I welcome.