As usual, South Australian Light Opera Society Inc (SALOS) offer the audience a light and bright production of The Gipsy Princess. With it’s philosophy of being all inclusive, this company provides opportunities for members of all ages to be involved.
The production is set in a Cabaret club in Vienna with our leading lady, Sylva Varescu performed by Danielle Ruggiero-Prior holding court before she leaves for America to take that country by storm. Danielle’s vocals as always are sublime and she is ably accompanied by her leading man Prince Peter performed by Andrew Smith. This is a reasonably large cast so there are too many to mention by name but special mention must go to David Roberts as Prince Leopold and Kendall Geisler as Princess Anhilte. Kendall in particular has a vocal range that soars. Dancer Vinuri Gange is another young cast member to watch out for. Her technique and stage presence made her shine on stage.
Absolute stand outs for me were Countess Anastasia performed by Dione Baker and Count Bonifaska performed by Peter Potts. Their antics were absolutely hilarious and Dione in particular has a presence that is natural and unfeigned.
The show was well lit and made good use of the stage area, however with one interval along with a musical interlude in order to change sets, it does run for over 3 hours and could benefit from some prudent trimming. Having said that, this show is worth the trip to Tower Arts for the vocals and chorus harmonies and will run until the 28th April.