2001 – Die Fledermaus

Die Fledermaus

(The Bat)

Music by Johann Strauss.
New Libretto by Phil Park.

Monday, 14th May to Saturday, 19th May, 2001
The Spadesbourne Suite, Burcot Lane, Bromsgrove.

Cast And Credits

 

 

  • Stage Director: Roberta Morrell
  • Musical Director: Malcolm Procter
  • Rosalinda Eisenstein: Judith Horton
  • Gabriel Eisenstein: George Brooks
  • Adele (the maid): Sue Troth
  • Doctor Falke (The ‘Bat’ of the story): J Paul Murdock
  • Alfred (an opera singer): Roger Hanke
  • Frank (governor of the prison): Ron Smith
  • Prince Orlofsky (a blasé millionaire): Karen Perrey
  • Doctor Blint (a lawyer): Ian G Cox
  • Frosch (a bibulous police sergeant): Alan Wagstaff
  • Ida (Adele’s sister): Gill Rowland
  • Mitzi (a housemaid): Jan Harvey
  • Ivan (Orlofsky’s major domo): Roger Flinn

 

Synopsis

Baron Eisenstein has been sentenced to a week’s imprisonment for contempt of court. Before he goes to jail, he’s persuaded to go, in disguise, to a ball being given by Prince Orlofsky. Three years earlier, Falke, disguised as a bat for a fancy-dress ball, was made to walk home in broad daylight as a joke by Eisenstein and ever since he has been plotting his revenge. Rosalinda sees her husband depart, as she thinks, for prison, and admits her lover, Alfred. The prison governor arrives to collect Eisenstein and assumes Alfred to be him. To protect Rosalinda’s reputation, Alfred volunteers to be taken off to prison as Eisenstein.

At the ball given by Prince Orlofsky, Adele, wearing one of her mistress’s gowns, has gate-crashed the ball. Baron Eisenstein flirts outrageously with her, watched by his wife, whom Falke has disguised as a Hungarian Countess. The Baron then turns his attentions to the mysterious Countess, who manages to get a hold of his watch during their tete-a-tete. The ball ends in praise of champagne and all swearing eternal friendship. The clock strikes six in the morning and Gabriel and Frank go their separate ways to prison.

Eisenstein arrives at the prison to begin his prison sentence. He is amazed to find he is being impersonated by Alfred and furious when he discovers his wife has a lover. Rosalinda counters with the watch the ‘Countess’ obtained at the ball and his flirting with their maid Adele! Falke arrives to explain it was all a joke to get his revenge. Champagne is blamed for the confusion and champagne is drunk to celebrate reconciliation.

Song List

 

Act 1:

  • Life Is A Song (Adele, Alfred and Chorus)
  • Never Go To Law (Gabriel, Rosalinda and Blint)
  • What A Night (Falke and Gabriel)
  • How Sad We Are (Rosalinda, Gabriel and Adele)
  • Here’s To Love (Alfred, Rosalinda, Frank and Chorus)
  • A Married Couple, A Home Serence (Rosalinda, Alfred, Frank and Chorus)
  • Finale Act One (Rosalinda, Alfred, Frank and Chorus)

Act 2:

  • What A Feast (Chorus)
  • Chacun A Son Gout (Orlofsky and Chorus)
  • The Laughing Song (Adele, Orlofsky, Falke, Gabriel and Chorus
  • Homeland (Rosalinda and Chorus)
  • The Tick Tock Polka (Gabriel and Rosalinda)
  • Champagne (Ensemble)
  • Merci, Merci, Merci (Ensemble)
  • Brother Mine (Ensemble)
  • Finale Act Two (Ensemble)

Act 3:

  • After The Ball (Frank)
  • How Can You Be So Ungallant (Adele and Chorus)
  • The Legal Profession (Rosalinda, Alfred and Gabriel)
  • Finale Act Three (Ensemble)

What The Press Said

Die Fledermaus

A very accomplished cast very well performed a fine production of the evergreen opera. Judith Horton was an outstanding “Rosalinda” and sang quite beautifully. George Brooks “Gabriel” and Paul Murdock “Falke” were both excellent and Roger Hanke an exuberant and comic “Alfred”. Sue Troth “Adele” sang delightfully and Ron Smith “Frank” gave a distinguished humerous performance. All the smaller parts were well played with a wonderfull drunken cameo from Alan Wagstaffe “Froche”, Karren Perrey “Orlovsky” also did well in her first role. Backed by a strong chorus and an accomplished orchestra the whole evening was a musical feast.

Review by Trevor Guest for NODA News, 2001