The Medium (by Gian Carlo Menotti)

26-31 August

A psychological melodrama

Director Raymond Hawthorne, starring Helen Medlyn

‘The Medium’ is a highly theatrical chamber opera guaranteed to excite with its dramatic sensibilities of a suburban gothic short story.   The melodramatic tale of Madame Flora (Helen Medlyn), a charlatan spiritualist who conducts phoney seances in her parlor, assisted by her daughter Monica (Emma Sloman) and a mute orphan boy Toby (Callum Blackmore).  She cons parents (Catherine Reaburn, Mark Covich, Helene Holman) into believing that they are communication with the spirits of their dead children.  Madame Flora’s game turns on her and becoming scared she descends into a world of paranoia and guilt.  The music and libretto of this music theatre piece is by renowned theatrical American composer Gian Carlo Menotti. Opera Factory’s production team includes director Raymond Hawthorne, music director Rosie Barnes, lighting design by Andrew Potvin and pianist Grace Francis.

Menotti’s tuneful score abounds in influences from the American vernacular and jazz music, making for the kind of dramatic piece likely to be more at home in a Broadway theatre than an opera house.  In true Opera Factory style, and in keeping with the spirit of a winter presentation this fringe production will be innovative, if not a little dark.  ‘Twilight’ meets ‘Turn of the Screw’ so to speak.

Tuesday 26 August, 6.30pm (Preview Night)
Wednesday 27 August, 7.30pm
Thursday 28 August, 6.30pm
Friday 29 August, 7.30pm
Saturday 30 August, 7.30pm
Sunday 31 August, 2pm (Matinee)

Tickets:  Adult ($35), Senior ($33), Student ($15), Opera Factory Amici members ($30)

The Factory Theatre, 7 Eden St, Newmarket.