Quartet


 

By Ron Harwood

 

Director, Ann Swiston

 

 

September 29 – October 7, 2012




"The first one out the gate is supposed to set the bar for the rest. Certainly, this season’s opener for LLT, “Quartet”set the bar with altitude high enough to promote nose bleeds... Director Swiston did a remarkable job... everthing moved like silk on a brillantly designed constructed and decorated set... real genius... in cast selection.  The four are all talented and relentless actors who picked up the tale and moved with it.” – Jeanne Chaussee, Guadalajara Reporter

 

 

About Quartet – the director’s view


“Among my works, the one I like best is the Home that I had had built in Milan for accommodating old singers not favoured by fortune ...” Thus wrote Giuseppe Verdi in a letter to a friend, as Verdi neared the end of his life.

Casa Verdi, opened in 1902, and still accepting guests to this day, became an inspiration for Ronald Harwood’s Quartet.

Harwood weaves fact and fiction into a funny, poignant tale of aging, love and personal strength. Each Quartet character was a successful operatic singer in his or her professional life, and the four come unexpectedly together in a musician’s retirement home in England’s countryside. Like all of us, they have developed idiosyncrasies as they’ve aged, but each retains the heart that made them what they once were. Together, we celebrate with them as the whole so clearly becomes greater than the sum of these individuals.


Did you know …?

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901) was one of the most highly influential composers of the late 19th century. He wrote 25+ operas, beginning when he was only 26 years old. His most famous operas include Rigoletto, La Traviata, Il Trovotore, Nabucco, Aida, and Falstaff.

 


CAST

 

 

  KATHLEEN CARLSON (Cecily “Cissy” Robson)

 

"Kathleen Carson, as Contralto Cissy Robson, was keen and comfy in her skin with nary a miss from her sweet, somewhat addled and practical character." - J. Chaussee, GR





ROGER LARSON (Reginald “Reggie” Paget)


“Roger Larson, as tenor Reggie Paget, moved from the tranquil, self-satisfied and rational retiree to histrionics involving lime marmalade in stunning flashes that kept the audience alert.”  -J. Chaussee, GR




 DAVE McINTOSH (Wilfred “Wilf” Bond)  

 

“Baritone Wilf Bond, was played by Dave McIntosh, who utilized the ribald, smarmy character to the hilt, but leaving it behind and moving into great sensitivity when the time was right.”- J. Chaussee, GR

 

 PEGGY LORD CHILTON (Jean Horton)

 

"Peggy Lord Chilton became diva soprano Jean Horton, showing just enough of her layered pain and panic to make the character breath."- J. Chaussee, GR



Crew


Director .......................................................... Ann Swiston

Stage Manager .............................................. Win McIntosh

Production Assistant ..................................... Phil Shepherd

Assistant to the Stage Manager ................. Daphne Peerless

Set Construction Chief................................. Alex Pinkerton

Set Construction Crew ............. David White, Brian Selesky,

                                                  Mark Schwimmer, John Blackmer

Set Decoration .............................................. Terri Hensley

Set Painting ...................... Dana Douin, Roberta Hilleman,

             Daphne Peerless, Rod & Terri Hensley, Peter Luciano

Props .................................................................. Karen Lee

Lighting Operation ...................................... Richard Roche

Sound Design .................................................. Ann Swiston

Sound Operation .................... Karen Lee, Dave Hutchinson

Wardrobe........................................................ Karin Eichler

Dresses ......................................... Season 48 Dresser Team

Makeup ............... Maxcine Tate & Season 48 Makeup Team

 

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