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ABOUT DIE FLEDERMAUS AND THIS PRODUCTION 

 Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss (The Younger)'s most celebrated and popular operetta, contains some of the most captivating music ever written for this genre. Musically refined and most accessible to the listener, this masterwork was composed “non-stop in forty-two nights of veritable rapture”. The Overture is one of the most popular ever written, with five of the best tunes woven into a framework of the great “Fledermaus Waltz”.  Theatregoers will recognise much of the music, including the famed “Czardas” aria and maid Adele’s “Laughing Song.” Die Fledermaus is German for The Bat, and refers to a trick played previously on a gentleman  abandoned intoxicated to wake up in the town square to general ridicule in fancy dress as a bat.  The "Bat-man" (Dr Falke) plans his clever revenge on Herr von Eisenstein by means which unfold hilariously as the opera proceeds through its three acts, set successively in the Eisenstein mansion, Prince Orlovsky’s country estate, and the town jail.

Vacancies exist in the chorus tenor and bass sections, and covers are yet to be assigned. Enquiries are welcomed.  Call  970 9271 or email savoy@actrix.co.nz.

Rehearsals commence at the end of May.  Performances are scheduled for Saturdays (cast and orchestra use same day coach provided:

Southward Theatre Kapiti                18 Aug. 2018

Royal Wanganui Opera House       25 Aug. 2018

Wellington Opera House                    1 Sep. 2018

Regent Palmerston North                15 Sep. 2018

Napier Municipal Theatre                22 Sep. 2018

Principal Roles

Gabriel von Eisenstein .................tenor
Rosalinde, Eisenstein's wife............soprano
Adele, Rosalinde's maid..................soprano
Ida, Adele's sister.............................soprano
Alfredo, a singer teacher.................tenor
Dr Falke, a notary............................baritone
Dr Blind, a lawyer............................tenor
Frank, a prison governor..................baritone
Prince Orlofsky...............................mezzo-soprano
Ivan, the prince's butler....................speaking role
Frosch, a jailer.................................speaking role

- With chorus of guests and serving staff  at Orlovsky's party.

This sparkling production of Die Fledermaus will be directed by John Goddard and tours the lower North Island with Saturday performances from mid-August to mid September fully staged. The cast of 40 singers and dancers with 30 piece orchestra is conducted by Hugh McMillan; live music at its best, brought to you by the producers of the 2015 Gondoliers, 2016 Merry Widow and 2017 Iolanthe tours. Choreographer Lia Purcell returns to set movement and dance sequences:

JGDirector - John Goddard:  John was introduced to stage work when very young and played his first lead role, Oliver, for Porirua Little Theatre at age 12, continuing with various stage appearances. At 16 he branched into other genres with periods of soloist work and three years as a part of a "Rock and Roll" covers band. John returned to theatre in the early 1990's in the role of “Brazencourt” in Opera Technique's production of Lock Up Your Daughters. Since then John has appeared in more than 40 shows, operas, films, television programs and TV commercials. He performed the role of Ubaldo Piangi in Phantom of The Opera for Wellington Musical Theatre in 2013 and received high critical comment for the part of Koko in The Mikado for WGSLO in 2014. In  2014 John directed the acclaimed Voices From The Front in commemoration of the ANZAC Gallipoli landings for Porirua Little Theatre, Sister Act for Wellington Musical Theatre in 2016.  He directed WGSLO's exciting 2017 production of Iolanthe and the 2017 creative team returns to present this 2018 production.  He has worked with WGSLO for several opera and operetta productions since 1994 as a performer or as a director.

HMcMMusic Director – Hugh McMillan:  Hugh was brought up in a musical family where violin and piano formed part of daily life, he being particularly taken with the piano from earliest days, starting formal lessons at age 4. He went on to study music, and began employment with the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation.  An early highlight was a tour as soloist with the NZSO for performances of the Shostakovich Second Piano Concerto.  In 1977 he travelled to England on an Arts Council grant to further his piano studies. He enjoys taking part in an eclectic range of musical genres but his passion is in piano performance and he is recognised as an accomplished and sensitive accompanist. As a professional musician his work includes teaching piano and theory and accompanying singers and instrumentalists for auditions, competitions and recitals. He is very involved in the music life at Chilton St James School in Lower Hutt, where he accompanies the two main choirs, and coaches the senior students for NCEA performances. He also accompanies NZ School of Music wind and string students from 1st year to 4th year for rehearsals for their end-of-year recital. For many years he has served on the staff of the NZ National Singing School held biennially at the E.I.T. in Taradale, enjoying two weeks of accompanying singers in Jazz, Music Theatre, and Classical workshops and concerts. Die Fledermaus is his tenth production for Wellington G&S Light Opera as Music Director.

MPChoreographer – Myrlia Purcell: Lia comes from a family of dancers, and began performing with her grandparents’ folk dancing troupe at the age of three. She started her formal ballet training at the age of 6 under the tuition of her mother, a former Prima Ballerina in the United States. Over the years, Lia added ballet, jazz, tap, modern, character dancing, voice, drama, aikido, historical dancing and the Bharatanatyam style of Indian classical dance to her repertoire. Her first professional performance was as a soloist dancer in the “King and I” at the age of 15. At 16, she started university on a dance scholarship, and at 17 was invited to dance with the Oakland Ballet Company (at the time one of the top 10 companies in America). While in the U.S. she enjoyed dancing a wide variety of styles, from performing classical ballet with Philharmonic Orchestras to musical theatre and historical dancing around the Western United States. Beyond performing on the stage, Lia has appeared on TV, and in print, film, and even in a video game filmed on George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch. Lia continued her dance and movement studies in Germany and London before opening her own boutique ballet school in the Northwest of England.  This is her third production for WGSLO.


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