AIDA

Date 27th September 2019
Society New Venture Players Newport
Venue Dolman Theatre, Newport
Director Gordon Collins
Musical Director Cathy Metcalf
Choreographer Benedict Hurley

Report

Author: Sharon Davies

From the Museum setting opening to the meeting of the reincarnated lovers at the end this show was a joy to watch, and kept us all enthralled all the way through.

Libby Goddard as Aida gave us a sensitive performance and every emotion showed on her face, as with all the principles, she had a great singing voice.

Rhys Doherty as Radames, torn between duty and love, as with Aida, he gave us a strong but sensitive performance with all the emotions clearly visible.

Tom Reynolds (Mereb) a strong performance. I have seen this young man perform over several years and he get better every time. Well done Tom

Phoebe Rees (Amneris) a very good performance with emotions running from clothes obsessed teenager to mature princess, I loved her comedy moments which were well timed, and another great voice.

Connor Cooper (Zoser). This is the second show in which I have seen Connor play the Father figure and this exceptionally good, mature performance belied his 16 yrs.

The chorus work was very good and everyone had obviously worked very hard with both choral work and movement. “The Gods Love Nubia” had the hairs on the back of your neck rising, it was a superb chorus ending to act 1.

Choreography was sharp and with an “Egyptian” feel. Ben always manages to get the best from this society with his choreography.

The set was simple but very effective and, as always, moved efficiently. The costumes were excellent and appropriate.