Tuesday 22 March 2016
Pirates of Penzance Review
Review by Angie Frost
The Pirates of Penzance is set during the reign of Queen Victoria and is a comic opera in two acts with music by Arthur Sullivan and Libretto by W S Gilbert.
The Broadway production opened at the Uris Theatre in New York on January 8th 1981 and ran for 787 performances.
The evening started off with a tuneful overture with an excellent orchestra of musicians under the direction of John Tripp. As the curtain rose we were delighted to a large male chorus of pirates and an excellent vocal sound of “Pour, Oh Pour the Pirate Sherry”.
The main characters Pirate King (Phillip Cable), Ruth (Joanna Tripp), Mabel, (Hannah-Marie Webb), Frederic (Matthew Juggins) and Major-General (Mick Wilson) were all believable in their roles and acted and sang to a high standard.
Supporting Roles Sergeant of Police (Stephen Cooper), Samuel (Chris Lucas), Kate (Kimberley Brough), Isabel (Jane Johnson) and Edith (Rachel Mayes) were perfectly cast and contributed their individual characterisation to this production.
Ruth (Joanna Tripp) gave a strong performance with good characterisation, clear dialogue and singing. I particularly liked her duet with Frederic “Oh False One You Have deceived Me” and the audience reaction as she crawled on her knees was a joy.
Frederic (Matthew Juggins). It was so lovely to see a Frederic that was natural, as sometimes this part can be played as a bit of a lad. Matthew was a delight to watch and a pleasure to listen to. I enjoyed his trios with Ruth and Pirate King in act two.
Pirate king (Phillip Cable) performed well with good singing and was very believable as the head of the pirates.
Mabel ( Hannah-Marie Webb) was a delight with beautiful singing voice, coping very well with those difficult songs. Her duet with Frederic “No I’ll Be Brave” was emotionally put across.
Major-General (Mick Wilson) was a joy to watch from the moment he appeared with his brilliant wordy song “Modern Major-General” and energetic moves with great diction and comic timing, FABULOUS.
The chorus of Pirates, Police and Major-General daughters all sang well showing lots of individual characters.
Director (John Hebden) had worked very hard on this production with some great added touches. My favourite moments were “With Cat Liked Tread” with great movement and added touch of light sabres in the reprise and The Pirate kings Selfie Stick photo of the pirates at the end of the song.
Lighting Design by (John Castle) and Sound by (Phil Stannard) were excellent and costumes were in keeping with the period.
Thank you very much for a most enjoyable evening and I look forward to seeing future productions, well done Ware Operatic.
Friday 5 February 2016
Free tickets up for grabs for Ware Operatic's 2016 Production
Ahoy! Ware Operatic’s production of *Pirates of Penzance* is sailing full steam ahead to Hertford Theatre in March 2016, and we hope you’ll join us on board.
Young hero Frederic’s birthday falls on the 29th February. To celebrate, and since he doesn't have many, Ware Operatic is offering two complementary tickets for the Tuesday performance of *Pirates of Penzance* to anyone who shares a birthday with poor Frederic.
To claim your tickets, simply contact us with proof of your date of birth.
Rehearsals over the past few weeks have confirmed that nobody should underestimate the inspired genius or infectious spirit of Gilbert and Sullivan. Director John Hebden is putting together an hilarious production, strongly supported by the Musical Direction of John Tripp. Great things can be expected from this same partnership that brought us the very successful *Oliver!*.
The show is packed with laughter, romance, and a ship-full of quirky characters and memorable melodies such as "*To be a Pirate King!*", *Modern Major General*" and "*Poor Wandering One*". The Gilbert and Sullivan operettas are as popular as ever, and one of the best is *Pirates of Penzance*, so we would be delighted to entertain you and your friends at this much-loved comic show.
Friday 31 July 2015
Auditions for Cabaret Evening will be held on Tuesday 29th September 2015 at Ware Arts Centre Kibes Lane if you are interested in taking part ring Maurice Newman 01992 586456 or fill in our Contact Form.
The Pirates Of Penzance
Auditions for Pirates of Penzance will be held on Tuesday 22nd September 2015 at 7.30pm at Ware Arts Centre Kibes Lane Ware for details contact Maurice Newman or fill in our Contact Form.
Friday 31 July 2015
Pirates Of Penzance Taster Evening
Our next main show will start rehearsals on Tuesday 15th September 2015 at 7.45pm at Ware Arts Centre, Kibes Lane Ware.
Audition information will be posted in the next few weeks.
It will be a John Hebden production so is going to lively and a bit of fun we are looking for men to come and join us. On THURSDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER 2015 we have a PIRATES Taster Evening at 7.45pm at Ware Arts Centre so come and meet the Director and Musical Director and find out more about the production. We will even give you a glass of wine.
Saturday 21 March 2015
Summer Concert Rehearsals
Rehearsals for our Summer Concert started on Thursday 19th March.
Auditions for will take place on Sunday 26th April 2015 from 2pm at Ware Arts Centre, Kibes Lane, Ware. If you're interested in taking part either call Maurice Newman on 01992 586456 or fill in our Contact Form.
Saturday 21 March 2015
NODA's Vicki Avery has reviewed our production of Oliver!
"The opening scene set in the workhouse introduced us to Oliver, his fellow orphans and Mr. Bumble and Widow Corney, caretakers of the orphanage. Joseph Alfieri brought out both the innocent and yet determined sides of Oliver’s character and his singing was delightful.
The orphans were a lively bunch of children who sang, acted and danced their way through their many stage appearances with great enthusiasm and confidence.
Reece Debnam has natural stage presence and was splendid as the Artful Dodger.
Tim Sawers and Joanna Tripp as Mr. Bumble and Widow Corney made a great double act and performed their duet ‘I Shall Scream’ with gusto.
Whenever I think of ‘Oliver’ my first thoughts are always of Fagin, Nancy and Bill Sykes as the real characters in the story and these are three very difficult roles to play.
Jeff Hammond, as Fagin, delivered a fine portrayal of this unsavoury, yet somewhat ‘fatherly’ man. His superb make-up totally transformed him into a man older that he himself is. His rendition of ‘Reviewing The Situation’ was magnificently constructed and perfectly executed.
Nicola Thomas as Nancy, gave a thoughtful and emotional performance and her impassioned portrayal combined with a stunning singing voice was just superb.
I felt that Steve Berman’s characterization of Bill Sykes was slightly lacking in intimidation although he did look and sound quite menacing. It is a shame no dog was found to play his faithful dog “Bullseye”.
Mr. and Mrs. Sowerberry, (Matthew Huggins and Hannah-Marie Webb) the undertakers, required more depth to their characters and although confidently acted with clear diction, the over all presentation of the characters did not develop and left me wanting more. Daniel Stride as Noah Claypole and Sarah Budd as Charlotte were cast well together and completed the Sowerberry element of the story.
The set was well used and the different levels added to the all over visual effect.
Lighting effects were imaginative and choreography though simple, suited the company well.
A terrific orchestra together with superb principals and an enthusiastic supporting cast, lead to a great performance all round."
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Ware Operatic in two very successful concerts
A night Out in the West End
Friday and Saturday 11 ,12 July
Ware Drill Hall
The Summer Concert with was another great success with near capacity of 600 attending over the two nights
Vicki Avery from NODA attended the concert and commented
"This was an evening of music reflecting some well known and some lesser-known songs from musicals that have appeared in London’s West End. The concert opened with a tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber and then moved on to such delights as 'Bui Doi' from Miss Saigon sung expertly by Mick Wilson and 'Loosing My Mind' from Follies, sung with superb musicality by Melanie Tilbury. The first half ended with a compendium of ABBA songs from Mamma Mia.
The second half commenced with the company entering from the auditorium singing a piece from The Lion King arranged by Ed Bussey. I really enjoyed this arrangement. There were some beautifully sung pieces in this half, both serious and tongue in cheek. Joanna Tripp’s rendition of 'Feed the Birds' from Mary Poppins was hauntingly reflective and 'Popular' from Wicked sung by Philippa Christer, Sarah Lodge and Zoe Briggs was great fun and Beth Wischhusen gave a stunning performance of 'Glitter and Be Gay' from Candide. The evening came to a close with Ed Lojeski’s arrangement from Les Miserables.
This was an enjoyable concert and one that I know the audience appreciated. Congratulations to all involved "
Keep the Home Fires Burning 100th Anniversary of WW1
Saturday 2nd August
Ware Operatic with support from some members of Ware Choral had the pleasure in being part of this sell out concert . which also featured the Opus One Swing Band, and Ware Brass as part of a cast of over 80 musicians and actors.
We featured in the première of two chorale pieces composed by an American Peter Mitchell from Chicago. The two pieces “In Flanders Field” and “On the Beaches of Normandy” had only ever been performed before by the resident choir in Fox Valley near Chicago USA. Despite suffering a stroke 8 weeks before the concert, the composer Peter Mitchell together with eight of his family still managed to make the trip from the USA, although he was not well enough to conduct his work.
The event coordinator and leader of Opus One, Ted Higgins was delighted with the audience response. He said “ I could have sold the show twice over, such was the overwhelming demand for tickets.
Sunday 2 March 2014
The Witches Of Eastwick
25th February to 1st March
"Three Beautiful Women and one lucky devil!"
The Witches of Eastwick have now flown off from Hertford back to Rhode Island. We had a great run and this link will take you to what the NODA representative had to say about our production.
Wednesday 13 March 2013
Titanic has won 2 NODA awards!
Ware Operatic have collected NODA’s Best Musical and Best Production in District awards for our 2012 production of Titanic the Musical!
Congratulations to everyone concerned with the production, particularly John, Chris, Adam and all the cast.