Behind the Scenes with Adrian Glaubert
Director - The Gondoliers
Tell me about your creative role in The Gondoliers, what drew you to be involved in this production?
I am the director, which means I oversee all aspects of the production but work particularly closely with the onstage direction and acting. My last production of The Gondoliers took place at the University of British Columbia in Canada about 10 years ago where I was able to first explore this show in a professional setting. The Gondoliers is one of my favourite G&S productions and I was super excited to be given the title of director for this show where I am delighted to be working with a sensational creative and performing team. A lot of the creatives and performers have come across from last year’s successful double-bill of 'Contrabandista - Cavalleria Rusticana' which I directed, as well as a lot of new faces!
What sort of person is going to love this show?
I think that anyone and everyone will love this show. It has something for everyone. Great catchy tunes, large dance numbers, some witty British humour, as well as never before seen extended sections. It is a very accessible show which showcases the very best of light opera.
What's challenging about bringing this script/ music to life?
I have found that all our characters, and especially our leads, have really embraced their unique character and story in the show. It has been amazing working with such a passionate and committed cast. Probably the most challenging aspect of this show is the enormous chorus and the epic dance scenes which require a lot of direction.
What will the audience be thinking about in the car as they drive home after this show?
“I want to see that again! Let's get a GSOV membership and subscribe to upcoming performances!” (GSOV’s next production, Chu Chin Chow is just around the corner.)
How is this production bringing something new to Gilbert & Sullivan?
As mentioned, each character has really developed their own personality and mannerisms. The scenery and staging can be described as nothing less than epic, and the enormous dance scenes choreographed by Sarah Cossey brings the production to a whole new level.
What's going to surprise people about this show?
Well, without giving too much away..... We have an extended dance routine (hint hint), which I think will be a great surprise to our regular subscribers and GSOV audience. I personally think the whole show is a big surprise!
Who's the funniest person in the cast?
I think Tim Wilson, our MD, would like to think he is the funniest person in the show. But I think he is far outshone by the subtle comic brilliance of Renn Wortley whose portrayal of The Duke of Plaza-Torro will leave the audience with sore tummy muscles from laughing. I also think Luke Belle is a barrel of laughs - you never know what he will do next!
Who in the show is most like the character they play?
Thats a toughy! I'd like to think Jenny Wakefield is exactly like the character she plays on stage! She has an undeniable presence and DEMANDS an audience!
Who is least like their character?
I think Erin Towns, our Tessa, has had to develop her role the most. When I first met Erin, she was very reserved and private. Since doing this role, she has really come out of her shell and is willing to give anything a go!
"It has been amazing working with such a passionate and committed cast."
Without giving anything away, what's your favourite line from the show?
"I'll take anything off, within reason." - Giuseppe
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Definitely an Opera Singer. I did that professionally overseas for a while, and I definitely miss it. You might see me back on the stage soon!
What's your favourite stage show?
Tied at the moment between Les Miserables, La Boheme and The Book of Mormon.
Who do you look up to (as a director/ musical director/ choreographer etc.)?
My partner and choreographer Sarah Cossey, who inspires me to work harder every single day. She keeps me focussed, is so passionate about her craft, and we are so lucky to have her involved in this show. I’m also excited to be working with Timothy Wilson again, who has done some amazing reworking of the 'Cachucha' and 'One of us will be a Queen'. Both Sarah and Timothy are such hard workers and are such great assets to the show.
When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing?
Speaking to my boss at my 9-5 Job at deliveroo.com.au - Order now! But more importantly I am close with my cast, and answer any questions they may have.
What do you do when you're not doing theatre?
Play with my 6 month old puppy Alfio, teaching singing, and very involved with the GSOV Committee which I am very passionate about.
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