James Stephen, a Farmer from Edzell and Andrea Watt from Inverbervie are among the chorus members of one of the North-east’s most renowned Musical Theatre companies, Aberdeen Opera Company as they prepare to perform the musical ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ at Arts Centre Theatre, Aberdeen, Wednesday February 27 to Saturday March 2.
Directed by Wilma Gillanders MBE and Musically Directed by Brian Gunnee, the show is set in 1963 Britain across two Acts. Act I is behind the scenes in the rehearsal studio as cast and crew intertwine with the five principal characters and their love connections and Act II is the performance on stage itself.
Andrea Watt, Aberdeen Opera Company’s Publicity Manager. “Set in the era of the Kennedy’s, Martin Luther King and the Great Train Robbery, the beautiful songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein are brought vibrantly to life by stunning solos and harmonious choral numbers including ‘My Favourite Things’, ‘Wash That Man’, ‘There ain’t nothing like a dame’, ‘It’s a Grand Night for Singing’ and of course ‘Some Enchanted Evening’.
The famous collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein created a musical revolution in the ‘40s and ‘50s, often referred to as “The Golden Age” of Broadway. More so than from any other composer and lyricist partnership, the songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein have become an integral part of our everyday lives. We sing them in the shower, we dance to them in ballrooms, and we hear them on the radio and in clubs - even in lifts and supermarkets. We still thrill to them on the live stage in their respective shows, and we teach them to our children.”
All the musicals of that era ‘The King and I’, ‘Sound of Music’ ‘Oklahoma’, ‘State Fair’ are immersed into the storyline and the audience will leave the theatre singing along.”
This intriguing show places five actors in a theatre, first backstage as they rehearse the songs and sing them as personal markers in their relationships and then onstage as they perform them in a show setting. Throughout they are backed by a fine chorus.
Some of the songs may hear for the first time, others you may see in a new light, yet others you may greet as favoured friends. All combine to provide a rare treat of musical theatre, so come along - feel the love!
Tickets £12.50 for opening night and Saturday Matinee (no other concessions available), all other shows £15 (£12.50 Conc). Shows run daily at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. For tickets visit www.boxofficeaberdeen.com or telephone 01224 641122.