Oxford has been quite busy this past two weeks for me between rowing, yoga, running, golf, academics and of course the OUGSS (Oxford University Gilbert and Sullivan Society) production of HMS Pinafore! This show was a real delight to be in. In general musical theater is a great way to make lasting friendships with fellow cast members through the long process of crafting such a magical production. Throughout the performances it was hard to maintain a professional face and not laugh along with the audience (and in some instances we couldn't help ourselves!) because our leads were SO FUNNY!
We got some rave reviews from the local newspapers and we no doubt had our best performance on closing night. The audience was great and we really got into a great rhythm. The leads were playing off one another and the chorus was so interactive! I am very proud of what we did in just 2 short weeks of rehearsal!
Some of the Reviews:
"Accompanied flawlessly throughout on piano by Samuel Swinnerton, the voices of the cast are truly impressive, especially that of Anna Sideris, playing the part of Josephine, whose powerful delivery is definitely a reminder that H.M.S Pinafore is an opera, not a musical. Overall, the OUG&SS production of Pinafore provides a refreshing look at an old classic that any fan of Gilbert & Sullivan should be sorry to have missed!"- The Cherwall
"All in all a very spirited and technically accomplished production."- The Daily Review