The last production I took part in at Buxton this year was the Gondoliers with the University of St Andrews; we had already performed the show in February and March in the Younger Hall, St Andrews and the Whitehall Theatre, Dundee. I played the role of Casilda, a rather spoilt young lady concealing a tender love for her family’s drummer boy, Luiz.
This was the first time our University’s Gilbert and Sullivan Society had performed a production in Buxton as part of the UniFest Competition – although members of the University had been taking part in Buxton productions for many years! All the shows in the UniFest took place in the Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre – a great space with a super acoustic.
The show was a great success and we had a fantastic time performing for the Buxton audience; we received both nominations and awards following the adjudication, including my nomination as Best Character Actress. We were all thrilled to have taken part!
“[Caroline] makes a great Casilda, and duets beautifully with Luiz (Adam Robbie).” (Chris Angelico on Rosauv’s Ramblings: http://rosuav.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/university-of-st-andrews-gondoliers.html)
“Casilda…looked every inch the queen in waiting and carried herself accordingly. I enjoyed…the byplay around Casilda’s inability to pronounce “Barataria”. The two lovers’ duets were sweetly and prettily sung.” (Stephen Turnbull, UniFest Adjudication at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival 2013)