Audience member, Carmen, 2005
Excellent, even better than last year and just lovely to have some opera out in the rural areas. We miss out a lot as far as opera is concerned.
It Ain’t Necessarily So: Passion and Jealousy in Mike’s bar!
InterOpera spread its wings to the South Coast this Summer!
Called in to raise charitable funds in the community of St Leonard’s-on-Sea, IO created a spectacular event on a shoe-string budget.
For two nights only in this year’s St Leonards Festival, St John’s Pevensey Road was transformed into a seedy uptown “Mike’s bar”.
Bringing a fantastic evening of entertainment, cabaret style, to St John’s, the professional cast of local musicians, led by IO music director, Alistair Dawes, all gave their talents to support St John’s work in the community. The top-rate voices included Susannah Appleyard, John Twitchen, Toby Sims and Tom Clarkson, thrilling us in Gershwin’s mini jazz opera Blue Monday. The acclaimed Australian jazz vocalist Tazina Frank joined the 1st half programme of well-loved Gershwin numbers, with the festival Combo (with Alistair playing piano... jazz – style!!) and the audience joined in the fun – fifties dress was optional. Refreshments were available at the licensed bar and the show took place around informal cabaret tables and no-one forgot their dancing shoes!
The end result led to a cheque presented to InterOpera of over £337, a great new partnership and a splendid profit of nearly £2500 for the needy!
IO has been asked to create another sparkler for next year and we know we are up to the challenge.