The Gondoliers

Date 22nd March 2017
Society Rose Hill Musical Society
Venue Guildhall Theatre, Derby
Type of Production Musical
Director Beverley Graham
Musical Director Margaret Slater
Choreographer Beverley Graham


Author: Keith Scott-Savage

A first-rate orchestra, conducted by Carl Smith, together with a simple effective set and  good costumes certainly enhanced this production.  And with a well-staged opening scene, the Society achieved the important goal of getting the appreciative audience on side from the start.

Marco , played by Melvyn Edwards, and Giuseppe, Craig Arme, were our two heroes, with worthy  characterisations and good singing voices which blended together perfectly. There were also admirable performances from Angela  Martin as Tessa, and Nicola Gale as Gianetta, both with good diction and clarity.  I particularly liked the quartet,  `In a comtemplative fashion`,  by the four leads.  Peter Featherstone was adequately droll as the Grand Inquisitor.  Charming portrayals by Rex Portillano as Luiz,  and Sharon Regan as Casilda,  highlighting in the duet,  `There was a time`.   The Duke of Plaza-Toro was pompously played by David Fletcher and Jayne Brewster-Beard excelled with a most funny portrayal as his wife, the Duchess of Plaza-Toro, getting most of what laughs were on offer.  The good quality choral singing,  added to what was a most competent and well directed production.

And to complete the evening, congratulations to Helen Turton,  of  whom  I had the greatest  pleasure of presenting  a  50 year NODA Award.