Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury and Opera Gala Evening.
Friday 7th July, 7.30pm, St Mary's, Maldon
Trial by Jury featured in the first Maldon Festival in 2008. We are reviving the production for this tenth anniversary season. The production features soloists from City Lit Opera, accompanied by the orchestra of Hand Made Opera.
Love feeds on many kinds of foods (Sorcerer)
Laurence Panter, Alexis
Minerva (Princess Ida)
Sarah Rose, Princess Ida
Emma Newman-Young, Blanche
Fair Moon to thee I sing (HMS Pinafore)
Never Mind the Why and Wherefore (HMS Pinafore)
Emma Newman-Young, Josephine
William Hiett, Captain Corcoran
Colin Baldy, Sir Joseph Porter KCB
Is life a boon? (Yeomen of the Guard)
Laurence Panter, Fairfax
When the Nightwind Howls (Ruddigore)
Colin Baldy, Sir Roderick
If you go in (Iolanthe)
Lord Tolloler, Laurence Panter
Lord Mountarrarat, Themba Mvula
Lord Chancellor, Colin Baldy
Trial by Jury
Maldon Festival Chorus
Mark Seow, violin
Anne Skinner, flute
Steve Mair, double-bass
Andrew Macmillan, piano and Musical Director
Directed by Colin Baldy
Scene: A Court of Justice. Curtain rises on Chorus of Barristers, Attorneys, and Jurymen with Ushers.
The Usher, having marshaled the Jurymen into the Jury-box, gives them the judicial counsel to heed the plaintiff, “The broken-hearted bride,” and not “the ruffianly defendant,” for, From bias free, of every kind, this trial must be tried!
The Defendant appears, asking “Is this the Court of the Exchequer?” and is greeted with scorn: “Monster, dread our damages!” The Defendant explains that happiness with the Plaintiff having palled, he became “another’s love-sick boy.” The Jury admit that once they were like that, but now they’re respectable and have no sympathy with the defendant. The Usher orders silence, for the Judge approaches. The Chorus greet him in Handelian song; “All hail, great Judge!”
At the Judge’s order, the Usher swears in the Jury and summons the Plaintiff, Angelina. A chorus of Bridesmaids enter as her escort. The Jurymen profess great admiration for the Bride and her Bridesmaids, then address the Defendant as “Monster.” The Counsel for the Plaintiff makes his appeal to the Jury telling how the Defendant deceived a girl... Everyone tries to cheer the Plaintiff up and the Foreman then declares to her that he’d like to be just like a father. Edwin attempts to defend himself from their charge of “Monster!” saying, Of nature the laws I obey, for nature is constantly changing.
He finishes by declaring I’ll marry this lady today, and marry the other tomorrow!
This seems reasonable to the Judge, but the Counsel, on referring to his books, finds that to marry two wives at a time is the serious offence of “Burglaree!” This dilemma is discussed in a splendid Italian opera sextet. The Usher having restored silence in court, Angelina proves her loss: crying “I love him” embracing Edwin as she does so. Edwin tells the jury that he can’t possibly marry her because, when in liquor, he would thrash and kick her!
The Judge therefore suggests that they make the Defendant “tipsy” to see whether his assertions be true. All, save the Defendant, object to this proposal whereupon the Judge, running out of patience, settles the case quickly by declaring that he’ll marry Angelina himself!
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