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JACQUES OFFENBACH

Orpheus in the Underworld

“Add Gods, Satyrs, Wowsers, And Nymphs- What’s Not To Like?”

Festival Theatre

25 Aug - 01 Sep 2012
Season Closed

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.

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

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
with

State Opera Chorus
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra