The Summer season has been extraordinary!
When we planned to tour our Mikado and Pirates Of Penzance performances throughout the summer months we knew we were going be busy busy! But we didn’t account for the number of bookings for private parties we’d be getting, and that is my excuse for not ‘keeping up with appearances’ with this blog!
In fact the only reason I’m doing this now is that I had an awful night and haven’t been able to keep even a cup of tea down, so I’m stuck at home with my laptop!
I feel a bit like ‘Ko Ko’ expecting to have my throat cut at any moment!
Our ‘experiment’ at the lovely amphitheatre at Waterperry Gardens really paid off, great audiences for both nights, we shall surely return with a new production in the not too distant future. Our G&S shows over the summer have worked really well alongside our partners ‘WOAPA‘ and Cumnor Choral Society, they have thrown themselves into the project big time and produced great sounds as our chorus.
Our unique brand of opera entertainment for parties has been widely taken up this year, we have bookings for a large scale production in the Cotswolds in September which will include 50 Hebrew Slaves and a 20 piece orchestra! And then we’ve been performing as just 3 or 5 of us as singing waiters with backing tracks or keyboard.. it has been an immense experience and certainly has been stretching but SO exciting and again we don’t seem to be able to put a thing wrong with the audiences.. loads of great feedback throughout.. it’s great to know what we do is so appreciated. We managed to pull off some really fun stunts at the Frilford Heath Golf Club last week, for their annual dinner, an Italian themed evening. We had a lovely email from a couple who attended:
“What a lovely evening you gave us last night .Singing sublime, antics hilarious and Vanessa looked stunning”.
We did the usual ‘singing waiter’ stuff for the first 20 minutes or so but then introduced into the act a Domino’s Pizza delivery man and a stroppy Pizza Express chef.. best of all the ‘suit of armour’ positioned in the corner of the room for the first 40 minutes of the evening and then coming to life whilst 3 singing cleaning ladies dusted it whilst performing the ‘cat trio’ . . what a hoot!
We have also had the opportunity to develop a new production during all the busy-ness, amazingly we were able to pull off a performance of Menotti’s ‘The Telephone’ for ‘Art In Action combined with some terrific stuff from our new singers ‘The Leading Ladies’. The intention now is to tour ‘The Telephone’ with ‘A Hand Of Bridge’ and our old friend ‘Amahl & The Night Visitors’, dates will be published soon on our website.
Finally, to cap it all we’ve had some really fun ‘Opera On Punts’ events and with this amazing weather no doubt lots of more bookings to come!
Before I sign off this time a note of immense appreciation to all our wonderful performers who consistently pull off fantastic performances in often what seems impossibly difficult circumstances… thank you to you all!