Aida

Date 29th June 2012
Society Bexhill Light Opera and Dramatic Society (BLODS)
Venue De la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea
Type of Production Musical
Director Kitson Wellard
Musical Director Jonathon Bruce

Report

Author: Anne Lawson

Choreographer: Sophia Lefevre

A timeless love story – Elton John and Tim Rice’s adaptation of the classic opera Aida from the BLODS under Kitson Wellard’s creative direction was superlative in many ways. Some inspired back drop projections replaced expensive scenery. Superb sound balance from the band and vocalists both on and off stage - every word clearly heard. Imaginative lighting showed off vibrant and colourful costumes and headdresses stitched by the hardworking wardrobe team, transported us from visiting a present day museum back into ancient Egypt. Effective choreography was arranged by Sophia, with good characterisation throughout from the ensemble with sensible use of the whole stage. An exceptionally strong performance came from Lesley Van Egmond as Nubian Princess Aida working together well with Kenny Giles as Egyptian Captain Radames. Cassie Abbott in her first BLODS principal role looked both stunning and sounded wonderful as rock chick Princess Amneris. A special mention goes to the Year 4 pupils of All Saints Primary School, Sidley for the Robe. This show undoubtedly deserved a bigger audience.