Nancy Barber (nlbarber) wrote,
Nancy Barber

Gilbert and Sullivan at the Atlanta Lyric Theatre

The Atlanta Lyric Theatre (which used to be the Southeastern Savoyards) is doing HMS Pinafore this weekend. I went last night with my brother and older niece--sister-in-law was supervising younger niece's sleep-over.

The voices were all wonderful--quite a step up for the Lyric, which not infrequently has one or more weak links in their vocal casting. The Ralph Rackstraw and Josephine especially stood out--both have some quite challenging parts, and their voices soared through. Niece enjoyed discovering that a classmate (6th grade, you understand) was cast in the nonspeaking role of the Midshipmite who trails around after the Captain in the first act.

The set was fine (though the Hornblower reader in me kept twitching at all the sagging sails hanging from the spars of all these ships in a harbor, and let's not talk about the junk lying around on deck that becomes props, and the cabin doors that could have hung on the back door to a ranch house), the staging and choreography was...OK (luckily, I don't come for the staging), and only Buttercup's acting skills made me twitch.

What remains a huge negative for the Lyric's performances is the sound system at the Ferst Center. The whole evening was over loud and "flat", and one mike had noticeable distortion--anytime people were singing or speaking on the far right of the stage, that mike picked them up. I'm sure that not everyone in the cast could have projected well enough to be heard, but I dearly wish I could hear Ralph and Josephine sing without that @!#$@! sound system in the way.

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