IOLANTHE

24 - 27 April 2019

IolantheArt

A huge well done and thank you to all who auditioned and thanks to Susy our reader and David our pianist. The panel was so pleased to see your enthusiasm and commitment to their version of Iolanthe. As ever the standard was high and it although it was not possible to cast all the parts we now have a full cast as detailed below. Congratulations to those cast.

To watch the video for the dance steps please click here My apologies for missing the first couple of bars! Tom is singing the words in the hope that the men will learn them with the dance steps!

To download the video made at the rehearsal on Sunday 16th December please click here.

To download the video of the Fairies opening please click here

Be warned these are large files and may take some time to download but once you have saved them you will be able to study them as often as you like.

Please note rehearsal schedule effective 24th January below:

Please note change in rehearsal on Wednesday 27 February which we hope can start at 8 pm

 
DATE Location Room Start End Scene Called
Tue 22 Jan SL Barn 19:30 23:00 p. 1-2 opening chorus & music call FAIRIES (Not Queen)
Wed 23 Jan SL Hall 4 20:15 22:15 p. 7 March of the Peers LORDS (Not Lord C)
Tue 29 Jan SL Barn 19:30 23:00 P. 2-5 music call & setting FAIRIES, FAIRY QUEEN, IOLANTHE
Wed 30 Jan WPH Hall 20:00 22:00 Act one finale revision/cleaning ALL (except Iolanthe)
Tue 05 Feb SL Barn 19:30 23:00 p.7-12 Music Call LORDS, Phyllis, Lord C, Strephon(from 8.30pm)
Wed 06 Feb WPH Hall 20:00 22:00 OPENING Chorus Setting FAIRIES
Tue 12 Feb SL Barn 19:30 23:00 p. 8 and on (Setting) LORDS and Lord C
*Wed 13 Feb* WPH Hall 20:00 *22:00* p. 7 March of the Peers Revision *LORDS*
Tue 19 Feb SL Barn 19:30 23:00 p. 6-7,35-37 /p. 12-14 Phyllis, Strephon
Wed 20 Feb SL Hall 4 20:15 22:15 p. 14-18 Music Call LORDS, Phyllis, Strephon, Lord C, Iolanthe
Tue 26 Feb SL Barn 19:30 23:00 p.29-30 Scene and Song FAIRIES & WILLIS
Wed 27 Feb SL Hall 4 20:00 22:00 p. 14-18 Setting LORDS, Phyllis, Strephon, Lord C, Iolanthe
Tue 05 Mar SL Barn 19:30 23:00 p. 1-5 Revision FAIRIES, FAIRY QUEEN, IOLANTHE, STREPHON
Wed 06 Mar WPH Hall 20:00 22:00 Stagger Act One ALL
Tue 12 Mar SL Barn 19:30 23:00 p. 26-29 Music Call and Scene Setting FAIRIES, LORDS (not Queen/Lord C)
Wed 13 Mar WPH Hall 20:00 22:00 p. 26-29 Set Movement FAIRIES, LORDS (not Queen/Lord C)
Sun 17 Mar SL Barn 10:00 17:00 Music Call, General Cleaning & Costumes ALL
Tue 19 Mar SL Barn 19:30 23:00 p. 31-32 Scene and Song LORDS TOL and MOUNT, PHYLLIS, WILLIS(from 8:30pm)
Wed 20 Mar SL Hall 4 20:15 22:15 p. 27-29 Revision FAIRIES, LORDS (not Queen/Lord C)
Tue 26 Mar SL Barn 19:30 22:00 p. 33-35 Setting LORD C, LORDS TOL and MOUNT(from 8:30pm)
Wed 27 Mar WPH Hall 20:00 22:00 p. 38-40 Music Call ALL
Tue 02 Apr SL Barn 19:30 22:00 Revision as needed TBC
Wed 03 Apr WPH Hall 20:00 22:00 p. 37-40 Setting ALL
Sun 07 Apr WPH Hall 10:00 17:00 Stagger Act TWO ALL
Tue 09 Apr SL Barn 19:30 22:00 Revision as needed TBC
Wed 10 Apr SL Hall 4 20:15 22:15 Stagger Show ALL
Fri 12 Apr SL Barn 19:30 22:00 Costume Call ***TBC ALL
Sun 14 Apr WPH Hall 10:00 17:00 * Tech & Dress rehearsal * ALL
Tue 16 Apr WPH Hall 19:30 22:00 Run & clean ALL
Wed 17 Apr WPH Hall 19:30 22:00 Run & clean ALL
Tue 23 Apr WPH Hall 09:00 23:00 Dress rehearsal ( & Seating?) ALL
Wed 24 Apr WPH Hall 09:00 23:00 Show : Iolanthe ALL
Thu 25 Apr WPH Hall 09:00 23:00 Show : Iolanthe ALL
Fri 26 Apr WPH Hall 09:00 23:00 Show : Iolanthe ALL
Sat 27 Apr WPH Hall 09:00 23:00 Show : Iolanthe ALL
Sun 28 Apr WPH Hall 09:00 23:00 Seating Down & Clear

At the Open Evening on Wednesday 31st October, Thomas Duchan, our Director and Musical Director for Iolanthe outlined this new take on a G&S classic which is set against the dated and dreary Arcadia Club, home to the peers and their boss, the head honcho, the big cheese - the Lord Chancellor.

Iolanthe, a fairy, has been banished from her girlfriends because she married a mortal. The Fairy Queen is persuaded to pardon Iolanthe and so the fairies learn of her son Strephon, who tells his newfound aunts of his sorry situation. Strephon, a bartender at the Arcadia club, fancies the apron off waitress Phyllis - but then again who doesn’t!? The peers certainly do! The only problem? His boss, the Lord Chancellor who has a mind to take Phyllis for himself. He dismisses Strephon’s wish to marry Phyllis and also his attempts of moving the Arcadia club into the 21st century with cocktails and chrome! But Strephon is Phyllis’ guy, that is until Phyllis sees Strephon with Iolanthe - whose makeup is ‘on fleek’*. Phyllis gets jealous and decides to teach her man a lesson. The ensuing confusion leads to great hilarity and drama between the fairies and the peers, all of whom fight for power in this story of love, loss and … well, cocktails!

* Perfect. A phrase used by those intent on decimating the English language by making up their own words. Who do they think they are - Shakespeare!?

Cast:-

Lord Chancellor Stewart Adkins
Private Willis Ron Howe
Lord Tolloller Alex Moore
Lord Mountararat Richard Herring
Strephon Michael Watling
Iolanthe Aimee Hart
Phyllis Amy Buchanan
Queen of the Fairies Rhianna Howard
Fairies with singing solos Katie Galley
Emma Loring
Fairies with dialogue Katie Galley
Emma Loring
Anita Goold
Tracy Hackett
Louisa Turnbull
Fairy Chorus Katie Galley
Emma Loring
Anita Goold
Tracy Hackett
Louisa Turnbull
Kay Hunt
Rosie Clark
Male Chorus Simon Rothman
Matt Waldie
Tim Sheppard
Gary Rolph