TOADS Stage Musical Company

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The Gondoliers

May1992 - The Princess Theatre, Torquay
The Gondoliers; or, The King of Barataria is a Savoy Opera, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. It premiered at the Savoy Theatre on 7 December 1889 and ran for a very successful 554 performances (at that time the fifth longest-running piece of musical theatre in history), closing on 30 June 1891. This was the twelfth comic opera collaboration of fourteen between Gilbert and Sullivan.
The story of the opera concerns the young bride of the heir to the throne of
Barataria who arrives in Venice to join her husband. It turns out, however, that he cannot be identified, since he was entrusted to the care of a drunken gondolier who mixed up the prince with his own son. To complicate matters, the King of Barataria has just been killed. The two young gondoliers must now jointly rule the kingdom until the nurse of the prince can be brought in to determine which of them is the rightful king. Moreover, when the young queen arrives to claim her husband, she finds that the two gondoliers have both recently married local girls. A last complicating factor is that she, herself, is in love with another man.
The Gondoliers was Gilbert and Sullivan's last great success. In this opera, Gilbert returns to the satire of class distinctions figuring in many of his earlier librettos. The libretto also reflects Gilbert's fascination with the "Stock Company Act", highlighting the absurd convergence of natural persons and legal entities, which plays an even larger part in the next opera, Utopia Limited. As in several of their earlier operas, by setting the work comfortably far away from England, Gilbert was emboldened to direct sharper criticism at the nobility and the institution of the monarchy itself.
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Enter the name for this tabbed section: Cast
Pauline Rossi - Fiametta, Chorus
Mike Williamson - Francesco, Chorus
Margaret Wingfield - Giulia, Chorus
John Miles - Antonio, Chorus
Chris Hawes - Giorgio, Chorus
Tanya Flowers - Vittoria, Chorus
Iain Douglas - Marco Palmieri
Kevin Scarborough - Guiseppe Palmieri
Julie Scarborough - Gianetta
Kate Reeves - Tessa
Andy Killen - Duke of Plaza-Toro
Rosemary Reynolds - The Duchess of Plazo-Toro
Julie Hale - Casilda
Mark Saturley - Luiz
John Clay - Don Alhambra Del Bolero
Peter Randall - Annibale, Chorus
Mary Qiriaqi - Inez, Chorus
Kathy Ashton - Chorus
Lynn Dixon - Chorus
Elsie Fensham - Chorus
Elaine Gard - Chorus
Marguerite Green - Chorus
Linda Heap - Chorus
Amanda Jenkins - Chorus
Christine Jones - Chorus
Jean Macer - Chorus
Lavinia Palmer - Chorus
Anna Ryman - Chorus
Pam Watton - Chorus
Kathleen Williams - Chorus
Amanda Williamson - Chorus
Ben Evan - Chorus
Mark Goss - Chorus
Derek Hexter - Chorus
Geoff Jarvis - Chorus
Mark Kingscote - Chorus
Mike Ryman - Chorus
Gary Thomas - Chorus
Arron Cuthberton - Chorus
Amanda Bowen - Chorus
Amanda Reid - Chorus
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Production Team
Director / Choreographer - Joyce Westmore
Musical Director - Bridget Ansell
Assistant Musical Director / Chorus Mistress - Claire Caldwell

Violins - Adrian Taylor, Shelagh Batten, Nigel Birt, Kip Pratt
Viola - Nicki Smith, Toni Del Mar
Cello - Pranada
Bass - Tess Arrowsmith-Brown
Percussion - Colin Bellworthy
Flute - Jill Larner
Oboe - Jean Hall
Clarinet - Kay Vosper
Horn - David Presland
Trumpet - John Wilbraham
Trombone - John Powell
Pianoforte - Claire Cauldwell
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Behind the Scenes
Properties - Irene Howard
Wardrobe - Maureen Gard, Julie Chalk
Poster Design - Iain Douglas
Photographer - David Shortland
Publicity, Programme - Iain Douglas
Advance Box Office - Joyce Westmore
Front of House - Margaret Randall
Matinee Tea - Bob Howard
Rehearsal Teas - Irene Howard, Mauren Evans
Poster Boards - John Clay
Rehearsal Pianists - Claire Caudwell, Chris Hawes

Stage Manager - Martyn Jenkins
Continuity - Rachel Cruikshank
Call - Karen Shillabeer
Props - Irene Howard, Bob Howard, Cliff Raymont, Ann Dixon
Make-Up - Marguerite Green, Lavinia Palmer, Sally Watson, Mary McLean, Jane Hill

Costumes by Barretts of Bath
Wigs by Showbiz of Southampton
Scenery by Say Bloxham of Kingskerwell