Review: Gilbert and Sullivan’s the Gondoliers, 12 August 2013

Photo credit Adam Robbie

Photo credit Adam Robbie

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)

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4 responses to “Review: Gilbert and Sullivan’s the Gondoliers, 12 August 2013

  1. Hi Caroline!

    If it’s easier, you can link directly to the post about your Gondoliers by clicking on the post heading, which will take you to this page:

    http://rosuav.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/university-of-st-andrews-gondoliers.html

    Alice and I loved seeing and hearing you. I hope you’re around the next time I can get to England… unless you ever feel an urge to explore Antipodean musical theatre, in which case we’d be delighted to see you here!

    • Hi Chris! I’m so sorry it’s taken me such a long to reply to this comment – I’m still getting used to WordPress. Thanks very much for the tip – I’ll put in that new link! Hope all is well in Australia and I really hope you’ll come back to good old England soon – although with the freezing winter setting in, I am very tempted to visit you… Keep in touch!

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