“Add gods, satyrs, wowsers, and nymphs- what’s not to like?”

“Add gods, satyrs, wowsers, and nymphs- what’s not to like?”

JACQUES OFFENBACH

ORPHEUS
IN THE
UNDERWORLD

FESTIVAL THEATRE 

25 AUGUST – 1 SEPTEMBER 2012

The original production at the Théatre de la Gaité featured 42 principals, 100 choristers, and 100 dancers- these days, the chances are you won’t see that sort of cast outside of a school production. Economies of scale have scaled us back a bit but the driving comedy of the piece works best when we focus on the central players and the drama of the eternal love tri- well, it’s more of a rhomboid; three men squabbling over a woman who’s not particularly taken with any of them.

Yes, it’s silly; yes, deep down it’s superficial. But it’s filled with glorious tunes and wonderful heart. Offenbach nails the argument against propriety by proving just how much fun can be found in bohemian abandon.

CAST

Orpheus Adam Goodburn
Eurydice Amelia Farrugia
Arisaeus / Pluto David Hobson
Jupiter
Douglas McNicol
Juno
Sally-Anne Russell
Public Opinion
Elizabeth Campbell
Mars
Andrew Collis
Cupid
Joanna McWaters
Diana
Deborah Caddy
Venus
Catriona Barr
Mercury
Stephen Smith
John Styx
Mark Oates

Eachus Andrew Turner
Minos
Nicholas Lock
Rhadamanthus
Jeremy Tatchell

State Opera Chorus
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

CREATIVES

Conductor Timothy Sexton
Revival Director Jonathan Biggins
Design Mark Thompson
Lighting Design John Rayment
Choreographer Amber Hobson
Assistant Director Cath Dadd

GALLERY

Photos: Photografeo