Director ......Clare Philbrock. Musical Director ..... Dorothy Worthington.
The endearing but contentious inhabitants of a rural village in Provence, France have been without a baker for seven weeks. Amiable, the baker, arrives in the village with his young wife Genevieve. Everything seems delicious again - until a young, strapping local handyman seduces Genevieve away from her older husband. Amiable crumbles - and so does his bread making abilities. Driven to distraction by breadlessness, the villagers lure Genevieve back.
The show features beautiful music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz - the man who penned the magical Broadway and West End hit show "Wicked".
Schwartz is also known for the musical "Godspell" and for the scores featured in the
Disney films "Pocahontas" and "The Prince of Egypt”.
The Baker’s Wife is a show full of humour and memorable tunes.
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NODA REPORT for THE BAKER’S WIFE April 2009…….
Director: Clare Philbrock Musical Director: Dorothy Worthington
The minute you walked into the building you were transported to a café in a small French village. A charming atmosphere had been very well created by appropriate costumes, furniture and props and a clever stage set.
The production was strongly cast and even the smallest roles were extremely well performed. The show is not written for a large chorus, but the director cleverly integrated all the company into the plot with everyone completely part of the story, playing consistent and often amusing characterisations.
The audience really felt as if they were part of the lives of these villagers, as their contrasting emotions were so well portrayed. The Baker, the Baker’s wife, The café owner and his wife and Monsieur le Marquis were all expertly played and I must give Therese, a spinster, a special mention as I found her performance highly amusing.
I could mention everyone in the cast as I did not see a weak link. The music in this show is challenging, but both chorus and principals sang it with confidence and feeling, the small band never overpowered them and it was kept under tight control by Dorothy Worthington. I watched the show on the first night and what a performance the company gave and what fabulous team work. It could have only have got better.
Congratulations to all involved.