Students can see Iolanthe at Noosa Arts Theatre for $5 on Wednesday 21 November. Show starts at 7.30pm. Iolanthe offers an extraordinary fantasy world mixed with some of the cleverest, good humoured satire on politics and the law ever written. This year is the 125th anniversay of the opening of this brilliant and colourful Gilbert and Sullivan's musical. Bookings on 5449 9343, at theatre 9am to noon Saturday or purchase at the door on the night.
Student $5 Night - Wednesday 21 November
The topsy turvy world of Iolanthe reigned at Noosa Arts Theatre to the delight of and cheers of audiences with the opening of Iolanthe on 7 November.
This is an exuberant, happy show of extraordinary fantasy mixed with some of the cleverest, good humoured satire on politics and the law ever written.
This year is the 125th anniversay of the opening of Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe at the Savoy Theatre in London. Surprisingly, 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.
The show involves 5 students from Noosa District High, Sunshine Beach High, St Andrew's Anglican College, Peregian Springs and Good Shepherd Lutheran College, Noosaville. Lachlan Hamacek and Nathan Palmer are part of the back stage crew and Jake Bailey is assisting with lighting effects. Beccy Bastion plays a fairy and Hannah Monahan is a classy maid.
Audiences are enveloped in the opening scene with a gorgeous magical fair glen and sparkling fairies playing and dancing. Awe and splendour enters in the person of the Queen of the Fairies, played by Synda Turnbull, who arbitrates on the fate of fairies who fall in love with mortals and who shows clemency to Iolanthe, played by Kia Langmead, releasing her from 25 year's banishment for marrying a mortal.
Romance and passion are palpable when young Strephon, played by Andrew Healey, and the beautiful Phyliss, played on alternate nights by Emma Morgan and Menny Monaghan, meet and discuss the Lord Chancellor's prohibition on their wedding plans.
Pompous House of Lord peers then parade onto the stage and the Lord Chancellor, played by John Woodlock, bestrides the stage as the personification of the English legal system and admits that he like everyone else is absolutely head over heels in love with the beautiful young Phyliss. However, his romantic ambitions are thwarted by his official role as guardian of the wards of Court, of whom Phyliss is one. The Lord Chancellor explains his dilemma with some very witty insights into conflicts of interest.
Complications ensue when Phyliss suspects Strephon of two timing and decides that she is better off marrying either Lord Mountarrarat, played by Terry Parkin, or Lord Tolloller, played by Warren King. Lord and fairies then enter a war of words in a mounting climax to the first Act where the Queen of the fairies installs Strephon as a Member of Parliament and gives him the wonderful power of having any bill he proposes passed by both Houses of Parliament.
Act 2 opens with some insightful comments about our Parliamentary system in a song by the handsome yet unassuming Private Willis, played by Stephen Taaffe. The story unfolds from there to a happy conclusion and on the way the audience is treated to the famous nightmare song by the Lord Chancellor.
Buzzing around the stage in many scenes is the comic Clerk of the House played by Jennifer Rousset.
With group and concession tickets at $18, Iolanthe is one of the best value musicals on the coast and a great way to enjoy some light relief from the current election campaign
To get special student $5 ticket for Wednesday 21 November only, phone 5449 9343 or buy ticket at the door on the night.