'The Gondoliers'
March 2017

BATS
'A great way to celebrate their 90th Anniversary'

The Gondoliers is packed full of familiar tunes that set you off humming along and New Rosemere’s performance of this much loved operetta certainly did just that as the Orchestra, under the skilful baton of Charles Galloway sailed effortlessly through Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic score.

Complementing the well balanced Orchestra was a joyous company of principals and Ensemble bringing tuneful melodies and stunning harmonies to life, much to the delight of an appreciative audience.

Marco and Guiseppe, the town’s most eligible bachelors are basking in the love and adoration of the local girls – but who will they choose? David Griffiths as Marco is pleasing, with a great tenor voice whilst Michael Evans as Guiseppe is outstanding in both vocal ability and stage persona. This was a strong performance and was very watchable. The lucky lasses who stole the hearts of the Gondoliers were Tessa (Katherine Seager) and Gianetta (Eleanor Molloy). As a quartet the four were perfectly matched and provided in characterisation and performance.

The arrival of the Duke of Plaza-Toro and his family sets things off piste as it appears that one of the two gondoliers was born an heir to the throne and was married to the Duke’s daughter as a baby - but which one is it? Mike Nash as Duke and Liz Gent as his wife display a regal air and vocal dexterity in their performance. Jenny Heywood plays a perfect Casilda, their daughter with a sweet melodic voice that befits the role. The Dukes attendant, Luiz (Chris Hall) turns out to be more than just the attendant which culminates in his requited love for Casilda not being in vein.

The thorn in the side of the Gondoliers plans comes in the form of The Grand Inquisitor which Rosemere veteran David Seager made his own. Supporting roles by Hannah Carolan, Christine Travis and Heather Molloy add to the success of this production.

Producer Hannah Carolan has presented a real treat with the usual simple touches that makes G&S what it is. The Dance a Cachucha was brilliant and brought the stage alive and was a delight.

Yet another high quality Gilbert and Sullivan performance by New Rosemere AOS and a great way to celebrate their 90th year anniversary with a well-rounded production of this Venetian comedy.

Paul Cohen