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Alexander Theatre, Monash University
April 16, 17 & 23  at 8.00 pm
April 17, 24 at 2.00 pm

Thespis was first performed in 1871 at the Gaiety Theatre, London. It is an extravaganza in which the Greek gods, grown elderly, are temporarily replaced by a troup of actors and actresses.  One of these actors is the eponymous Thespis, the Greek father of drama.  It is an ingenious and humorous political satire and parody of Grand Opera.  It mimics Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld and La Belle Helene, which, in translation, were enormous hits on the English musical stage at the time.

Recently restored and professionally staged in London by Timothy Henty and Anthony Baker, this is the first time the opera, in any version, has been staged in Australia! With additional music by Jacques Offenbach this is a wonderful recreation of an almost "lost" opera. Cheekier and spicier than the later G&S operas this promises to be the most exciting light opera event of the Century. Designed by James Wright and Phoenix Zhou and Musical Direction by John Ferguson.

Directed and Choreographed by James Wright
Music arranged and orchestrated by Timothy Henty
Libretto revised by Anthony Baker

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Thespis Ron Pidcock
Nicemis Felicity Caterer
Sparkeion Tracey Hendy
Daphne Claire Colthup
Sillimon Kyp Iacovou
Pretteia Jessica Yeo
Tipseion Jamie Moffat
Timidon Austin Moore
Cymon Rebecca Muratore
Jupiter Lucas Richter
Apollo Andrew McGrail
Mars Edward Burger
Diana Judith O'Shea
Venus Christine Keys
Mercury Ilsa Cook
Jenny Coll, Alicia Marcano, Susannah Middleton, Lisa Steinmetz, Zoe Taylor, Dave Gerard, Peter Hanway, Peter Hirst, Ben Klein, Jamie Tampion.
Director and Designer
James Wright
Musical Director
John Ferguson
Costume Design and Maker
Phoenix Zhou
Production Manager
Andrew McGrail
Lighting Designer
Francis Croese
Stage Manager
John Larcombe
Assistant Stage Manager
Anna Castle
Personnel Co-ordinator
Jamie Moffat