The topsy turvy world of Iolanthe will take over at Noosa Arts Theatre on 7 November. For those who love fantasies such as Lord of the Rings, Iolanthe offers an extraordinary fantasy world mixed with some of the cleverest, good humoured satire on politics and the law ever written.
There are many similaries in 2007 with Gilbert's day. The thoughts of the Guardsman on sentry duty outside the Commons still reflect some wry truth:
When in that House MPs divide
(if they've a brain and cerebellum too)
They've got to leave that brain outside
- and vote just as their leader tells them to.
But then the prospect of a lot of
dull MPs in close proximity
All thinking for themselves,
is what no man can face with equanimity!
Add in Neil Pattenden in as director and you have even more delightful surprises and a reputation for producing wonderful shows - The Mikado, Chicago, Tribute. Neil brought to these productions his own imaginative genius and creative sense of humour.
Iolanthe is full of surprises musically as well. The different styles of music sometimes give the audience the feeling that the play is a Broadway musical; at other times, it is reminiscent of Mozart's 'Magic Flute'. The "fairy" music deliberately mimics Mendelssohn's 'Midsummer Night's Dream' music and there's more than a hint of Wagner.
The cast includes John Woodlock as the Lord Chancellor, Emma Morgan and Menny Monahan sharing the role of Phyllis, Andrew Healey as Strephon, Kia Langmead as Iolanthe, Synda Turnbull as the Fairy Queen, Terry Parkin as Lord Mountarrat, Warren King as Lord Tolloller plus many popular local performers such as Alan Ball, Glenda Ernst, Helen Ainsworth, Margaret Courtney, Barbara Tomlin, Peter Reynolds, Jannine Ritchie and many more. The nimble Amanda Harvey is choreographer and a very fleet of foot fairy.
So come find out what happens when determined fairies take on the House of Peers and play their own deft hand at controlling the majority in the House.
With group and concession tickets at $18, Iolanthe will be one of the best value musicals on the coast this year
Performances are on 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 November at 7.30pm with matinees on 11 and 18 Nov at 2pm. Tickets are $22 adults, $18 Concession and groups. Opening Night is $27 (no concessions) and includes drinks and supper. Bookings on 5449 9343 or online at www.noosaartstheatre.org.au.or
at theatre 9am to noon Saturday.
Coast News Giveaway
Congratulations to Colin of Meridian Plains who was lucky enough to have
his name pulled out of the hat to see the latest
Musical at Noosa Arts "
Iolanthe"! The performers have really done justice to this Gilbert & Sullivan classic, so if you have not seen it yet, it is not too late to get tickets from the Noosa Arts Theatre!