Hello Dolly is a tried and true show and under the expert production team of Barry Hill, Serena Cann & Jacinta Vistoli, this show can be nothing but a winner.
The stage is set from the opening scene where we are first introduced to Dolly Levi portrayed expertly by Bronwen James. Her interactions and chemistry with Horace Vandergelder performed by Robin Schmelkopf (Smacka) are at times, comical, frustrating, politically incorrect, totally inappropriate but always on point.
Cornelius Hackl performed by Liam Phillips was an audience favourite with his wit, comic timing and loose dancing ability. Kristian Latella (Barnaby Tucker), Natasha Woods (Irene Molloy), Issy Darent (Minnie Fay), Hannah Saxon (Ermengarde), Jonathon Ogilvie (Ambrose Kemper), Kristel Dally (Ernestina Money) and Lance Jones (Rudolph Reisenweber) all infused their characters with personality, pathos, charm or innocence depending on the role. The ensemble were well drilled in their movement and choreography.
Of particular note were the costumes in particular those worn by Dolly. As is required, they were spectacular with intricate detail on all, especially the signature Red Dress used in Hello Dolly and Finale. Well done to the Costume Team.
There were the usual hiccups on opening night with slow set changes but I am certain these will tighten up throughout the run.
It is so good to be back in theatre. Don’t miss this opportunity to support one of our well-regarded Adelaide Companies and at the same time, have an amazing night out.