Jody Coe, Pippa Davis, Graham Fisher, Ted Hart, Joan Hounsome, Alan Knight, Sheila
Knight, Glenis Magill, Peter Melville, Roy Miles, Beryl Northam, Clive Perry, Joan
Robinson, Rita Rowland, Ming Rutherford, Sue Squirrell, Eligio Tanggia, Gill Tarryer.
NODA SE Region - Show Report (from NODA website - 09/06/2011)
Reviewed by: Betty Haslam on Saturday 30 April 2011 Venue: The Electric Theatre, Guildford Type
of Production: Grand Opera Producer/Director: Jackie Shearer Musical Director: Francis
The Tempest by Shakespeare, using the poetry of the play was the basis for Joe St.
Johanser’s operatic composition which Guildford Opera premiered. Rob Mills design
for the scenery cleverly depicted a stormy sea, a giant wave and a sea shore with
sand Excellent lighting designed and operated by John Whitehead. Kris Benjafield
used costume from the in house wardrobe which was very effective. Specialist costumes
by Leslie Griffiths. Clever makeup with especial note of how Richard Arundel (Caliban)
was transformed by Louise Walsh. The rich timbre of bass/baritone Tim Baldwin (Prospero)
coupled with an excellent stage presence made for an excellent portrayal of the part.
Richard Arundel (Caliban) the deformed slave whose powerful baritone and acting enthralled
the audience . Anna Loveday, Lizzie Hull, and Leo Shearing as the three Ariel Spirits
played their parts well. Helen Semple (Miranda) had a very pleasant voice and was
comfortable in her part. Yuri Sabatini (Ferdinand) thrilled the audience with his
wonderful tenor voice. Musical direction by Francis Griffin and Stage Direction by
Jackie Shearer complemented with a strong cast of excellent singers made for a very
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Musical Director Francis Griffin Stage Director Jackie Shearer