Present Company is delighted to bring this iconic Stephen Sondheim musical to Buxton Opera House for a second time. The first occasion was in 1988 when Jean Gemmell gathered singers together to present the show as part of a Sondheim Celebration Bank Holiday weekend. Since that debut Present Company has performed 70 other musicals, operettas and operas for over 300 performances during the intervening 27 years, giving hundreds of singers an opportunity to show off their singing skills on stage and providing pleasure to the thousands of people who have watched.
For the audience, Stephen Sondheim’s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC has everything: first love . . . last love . . . puppy love . . . sex (a little) . . . pistols at dawn . . . spectacle and above all style, not forgetting the hit song: “Send In The Clowns”
Jean Gemmell, who celebrates more than fifty years as a director, has again brought together some of the best amateur singers and actors from the East Midlands expressly to create a new production of the show. “A Little Night Music” is a musical with no chorus which requires performers of real acting calibre, with vocal technique of operatic quality, who can also dance! Little wonder it is rarely tackled. At its premiere, the New York Times reviewer wrote:
“At last a new operetta! . . . heady, civilised, sophisticated, enchanting.
The music is a celebration of waltzes . . . the lyrics are breath-taking . . .
Good God! An adult musical.”
About the Cast
Laura Brookes is thrilled to be playing the Swedish actress Desirée Armfeldt. Laura joined Present Company (as Laura Orton) for “Beauty and The Beast”, then played Eliza in “My Fair Lady”, Maria in “The Sound of Music” and last year Rose in “Aspects Of Love”. Laura lives in Shepshed.
David Lovell plays the lawyer Frederik Egerman who re-kindles his liaison with Desirée after seeing her again when taking his new young bride to the theatre. David joined Present Company last year to play George in “Aspects Of Love”. David lives in Leicester, where he has sung many leading roles in operettas and in musicals and regularly “frocks up” as the Dame in The Little Theatre’s annual pantomime.
Alice Hands sings Anne Egerman, Frederik’s 18 year old wife in a marriage that has yet to be consummated. This is Alice’s debut with Present Company. She lives in Nottingham and works in the Box Office of the Theatre Royal.
Craig Arme sings Henrik Egerman, Frederik’s 19 year old son, who has fallen hopelessly in love with his step-mother. For Present Company, Craig has previously sung the roles of Marcel “Aspects Of Love” and Perchik “Fiddler On The Roof”.
Jon Morris sings Count Carl-Magnus the dragoon whose current mistress is the actress Desirée Armfeldt. Jon last sang Cornelius in Present Company’s “Hello, Dolly!”. Jon lives in Derby and is a singing teacher.
Rachael-Louise Bray sings Countess Charlotte, the wife of Carl-Magnus and a school friend of Anne Egerman. Rachael’s major roles for Present Company have been Maisie “The Boy Friend”, Jacqueline “Me And My Girl”, Gretel “White Horse Inn”, Tzeitel “Fiddler On The Roof” and Giulietta “ Aspects Of Love”. Rachael lives in Chesterfield.
Bryony Gilbert (née Thompson) has been a member of Present Company for sixteen years, primarily as a dancer. She sang Fay in “The Boy Friend”, Minnie in “Hello, Dolly!”, Jenny in “Aspects Of Love” and now Bryony sings another teenage role, as Frederika Armfeldt, Desirée’s 13 year old daughter. Bryony lives in Doveridge.
Liebeslieders Stephen Sondheim included in this musical a group of five singers whose role is to set the scene and comment upon the action on stage like a Greek Chorus. The singers taking these parts are: Andrew Lockwood, Richard Potts, Sarah Potts, Judith Hanson and Susan Dooley. Of these, both Richard Potts and Judith Hanson appeared in Present Company’s original production in 1988, although not both the same parts. Andrew lives in Chesterfield. Richard, Sarah and Susan live in Nottingham, Judith lives in Derby.
Tickets Thursday – Saturday (7.30pm) £15.00, £17.00, £19.00
Saturday Matinée (2.30pm) £13.50, £15.50, £17.50
Senior Citizen /Disabled /Group 8 or more £1.50 off (not Dress Circle)
Children 3 -15 /Student /JSA /Income Sup. Half Price (not Dress Circle)
Matcham Card /Buxton Breaks 12% off (Thursday Half Price)
Box Office 01298 72190
or online: www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk
About Present Company
Regular visitors to Buxton Opera House since 1988, when they kicked off with Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Present Company performers have delighted audiences in recent years with: The Boy Friend, The Sound of Music, White Horse Inn, Hello, Dolly! The Merry Widow and Aspects Of Love. The aim has been, and still is, to deliver ambitious musicals, new and old.
If you require further details, more visuals or would like to interview the Artistic Director Jean Gemmell or one of the principal performers please contact me by email or by telephone: 01332 781816