Banbury Operatic Society (BOS) were last seen in ‘Folkestone’ where the production of Half a Sixpence delighted local audiences. From there BOS now plans to take its audiences to Vienna, and in quite some style.
Audiences can expect an evening of well-known and much-loved musical numbers from the operettas of Strauss, Lehar, Offenbach and their friends.
With songs such as The Merry Widow Waltz, You Are My Heart’s Delight, The Radetzky March, The Laughing Song, Girls Were Made to Love and Kiss, and many more, you can’t fail to be transported to the Viennese world of days gone by. The music abounds in melodic waltzes, invigorating marches, stirring gypsy music and even the Can-Can, so the dancers of BOS will be ‘tripping the light fantastic’!
Sparked by many of Offenbach’s French successes (such as his comic operetta Orpheus in the Underworld, which he took to Vienna), and nourished by the Viennese dance traditions, operetta sprang to life in Vienna in the mid-1870s.
Indeed, it was Jacques Offenbach who suggested to ‘Waltz King’ Johann Strauss II that he should try his hand at writing operetta. From that sprang Die Fledermaus, The Gypsy Baron and many more.
Having got the taste for these musical comedies, the forerunner of the modern musical, they continued to flourish in Vienna, with many more composers such as Zellar, Léhar (whose masterpiece The Merry Widow is still rated the finest Viennese musical comedy) and Kalman adding to the list of shows that delighted the Viennese right up to the present day.
Even the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra now includes many numbers from Strauss and his friends in their concerts, particularly the New Year’s Day concert. If they approve, who are we to argue?
An Evening in Vienna will be a semi-staged, costumed production, at Wykham Theatre, Banbury Academy. There will be a bar available at all performances plus on Saturday afternoon – in true Viennese style – coffee, tea and cake will be available during the interval.
This show will be guaranteed to have you singing (if not dancing) as you leave …
Stage Director Janet Bishop is joined once more on the production team by Philip Shaw OBE FRSA as Musical Director and Alison Hallford as Choreographer.
An Evening in Vienna show dates are Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd March 2018. The show will be performed at Wykham Theatre, Banbury Academy, Ruskin Road, Banbury, OX16 9HY, at 7.30pm on Friday and Saturday nights and the Saturday matinee performance will start at 2.30pm.
Tickets cost £10 and are on sale online at www.banburyoperaticsociety.co.uk/tickets or available from Edd Frost & Daughters Family Funeral Directors, 20 Horton View, Banbury, OX16 9HR or from Anker & Partners Estate Agents, 31 High Street, Banbury, OX16 5ER.
Find out more about Banbury Operatic Society at www.banburyoperaticsociety.co.uk or via BOS’s social media platforms.