A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - MAY 2016
Director - Suzanne Hall
Musical Director - Peter Theobald
By William Shakespeare
Adapted by Suzanne Hall
Original Music by Peter Theobald
Theseus - James Butler
Egeus - Stephen Gleed
Lysander - Barry McGonagle
Demetrius - Dan Hickson
Quince - Max Bullough
Bottom - Peter Barber
Flute - Simon Meanwell Ralph
Snout (Wall) - Liz Petley Jones
Snug (Lion) - Alan Morgan
Starveling (Moon) - Denise Truscott
Hippolyta - Kimberley James
Hermia - Emily Welch
Helena - Lucy Whiteman
Titania - Katie Hickson
Oberon - Adrian Hickford
Puck - Peter Lucas
Peaseblossom - Izzy Wylde
Cobweb - Emma Jane Smith
Moth - Kimberley James
Mustard Seed - Clare Kerry
Lorraine Morgan, Amy Stewart, Jan Baerselman, Anne McDonald, Penny Bullough, Heather Reid
Hamish McDonald, Louise Hodson, Emily Petley Jones, Alan Matheson, James Butler, Stephen Gleed
Charlie Briggs, Isobel Wannell, Lilly Wannell, Amelia Wannell, Meriel Jones, Daisy Golds, Ruby Hall, Annabel Readwin, Alice Walton, Amalie Smith
Awards and Nominations
Nominations of Daily Echo Curtain Call awards for:
Best Actress in a Shakespeare Play - Lucy Whiteman
Best Lighting, Sound and Effects - Beki Gregory
Best Musical Director - Peter Theobald
NOTHING ill met by moonlight or otherwise in this flawless interpretation of the Shakespeare classic by WMOS.
Perfectly matching a new musical score to the text of the play, Suzanne Hall and Peter Theobald created something magical in freshness and style, setting the piece away from togas and Athenian arches. More Hobbiton alongside "Green Man" mysticism, beautiful idealistic dandelions hung over a multi layered set, every inch expertly used by a deliciously dressed, lit, professional and engaging cast.
Enhanced by Theobald's Regency reflecting score, the direction bubbled in humour and subtlety, never distracting from the main themes of the original. The Mechanicals pumped out every comic nuance to hilarious effect in the play within play sequence whilst the four lovers gymnastically threw themselves into their roles with energetic aplomb. Peter Lucas as Puck belied his 11 years with assured stage presence, whilst Katie Hickson majestic as Titania and Adrian Hickson, an impish Oberon, presided over perfection in entertainment all round.
Curtain Up South
In the year of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary it seems entirely fitting that Winchester Musicals and Opera Society should premier their new musical production of Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Suzanne Hall. The original music, composed by WMOS’ very own musical director Peter Theobald, has folk at it’s heart and really played to the strengths of the company. Under the capable baton of Theobald the chorus singing was excellent. Particularly pleasing was the female chorus of fairies, the delicate nature of the singing and balance of voices was sublime, quite unusual to hear ensemble singing of this caliber in an amateur production. The ensemble scenes were bustling, beautifully choreographed and every face was engaged throughout, although occasionally some members of the chorus had a tendency to chew the scenery somewhat.
Barry McGonagle, Emily Welch, Dan Hickson and Lucy Whiteman made up the comic quartet of spellbound lovers Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius and Helena. Their delivery was effortless and devilishly funny. The dynamic and comic timing of ‘the players’ was excellent and was executed with real gusto, they had the audience howling at their performance of Pyramus and Thisbe. It must be said however, the show really does belong to Peter Lucas as Puck. Not only does he light up the stage with his presence, he sings with confidence and accuracy, executing difficult harmonies with other performers. At such a young age, this young man has a very bright future ahead of him in the performing arts with a beautiful, pure voice and a maturity beyond his years with the delivery of the fiendishly difficult passages of text.
This production is perfect for all the family, packed with great performances and sure to put a smile on your face. Brava Tutti! Plays until Saturday at the Theatre Royal Winchester.