Reviewed by Kerry Cooper
First time director Graham Loveday has assembled a large cast for this 1920s operetta. If you are a lover of this genre then this production will please. Prince Franz leaves the constraints of the palace to become a student in the town of Heidelberg. Wanting to be treated like everyone else he falls in love with town favourite Kathie portrayed wonderfully by Katrin Treloar. Wearing two caps Loveday does well to combine his duties as director with that of the prince. Both leads carry their roles well, their voices highlighted in such numbers as Deep in My Heart, Dear and What Memories, Sweet Rose.
A large team have done a fine job in creating the backdrops, all were painted and set the scene without taking up valued space. Costumes were fitting and provided much needed colour.
The musical ensemble directed by Peter Potts are visible to the audience as they are situated in the performing space. Whilst they played beautifully, unfortunately the volume meant that at times voices were drowned out. This was not a problem with ensemble numbers. The combination of vocals was effective in such songs as Garlands Bright and the catchy Drinking song. Choreography was kept simple by Vanessa Redmond, but added that extra spark to musical numbers.
Enjoyable performances were given by Helen Loveday as the sassy Gretchen and Brian Godfrey as Lutz. Each provided the show with energy and humour.
You will see many familiar faces in this production and be delighted by a couple of new ones.