Glorious!
Peter Quilter
Director - Jane Webb

Performed at
The Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham

9 - 12 November 2011

Cast and Crew

Florence Foster Jenkins - Polly Lewis
Dorothy - Barbara Garner
Cosme McMoon - Richard Baker
St Clair - James Coleman
Maria - Suzanne Webb
Mrs Verrinder-Gedge - Augusta Lees

Director - Jane Webb
Stage Manager - Adam Bishop
Music Directors - Richard Baker and Carlyon Viles
Props - Suzanne Webb, Steph Bishop

Stage Crew - Camryn Smith, Steph Bishop

Grantham Journal Noda Review

"People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing!"

Glorious! by Peter Quilter, is a comedy based on the life of Florence Foster Jenkins, the legendary gregarious New York heiress and socialite who wanted to be a great opera diva, despite having one of the worst singing voices in history. The soprano voice she hears in her head is beautiful and it never occurs to her that this is not the sound issuing from her mouth.

Florence became the must-see artist in New York in the early 1940s. Spinning from charity recitals before groups of devoted friends to extravagant balls, Florence's enthusiasm and joy more than made up for her imperfect pitch. Paying little attention to her critics, "the first lady of the sliding scale" resolutely restricted her professional performances to an annual recital.

The beautifully funny and charming script has us following Florence (who doesn't speak Spanish), her Mexican maid (who doesn't speak English), ditzy companion Dorothy, pianist Cosme McMoon and English actor, St Clair, as together they take the journey which will end in Florence's sell-out performance at Carnegie Hall

Dress Rehearsal      
 
Florence and Cosme Florence and Cosme Florence  
 
Maria Florence, Cosme and St Clair Maria and St Clair  
 
Florence, Maria, St Clair Cosme and Florence Florence and Dorothy  
 
Dorothy and Florence Dorothy, Florence and silver skylarks Florence and silver skylarks  
   
Florence, Maria and the chicken! Cosme and Florence    
 
Dorothy, Cosme, Florence, Maria and the chicken Florence, Maria and the chicken Florence  
 
Florence and Ricky Ricky the best trained dog in the business Cosme and St Clair  
 
St Clair, Florence, Cosme and Dorothy Cosme, St Clair, Florence and Dorothy Florence and St Clair  
 
Cosme, Florence, St Clair and Dorothy Cosme, Florence, St Clair and Dorothy Florence, St Clair and Dorothy  
 
Dorothy and St Clair Cosme, Dorothy and St Clair St Clair, Dorothy and the silver skylarks  
 
Cosme, St Clair, Dorothy and Florence Florence, St Clair and Dorothy Dorothy  
 
Cosme, Florence, St Clair, Dorothy and Mrs Verrinder-Gedge Mrs Verrinder-Gedge and St Clair Florence and St Clair  
 
Cosme and Florence Cake with extra balls and a decorative chilli Dorothy, Cosme, Florence and St Clair  
 
Mrs Verrinder-Gedge, Dorothy and Florence Cosme, St Clair, Mrs Verrinder-Gedge, Dorothy and Florence Cosme, Mrs Verrinder-Gedge, Dorothy, St Clair and Florence  
 
St Clair Dorothy, St Clair and Florence Cosme, Maria, St Clair, Florence and Dorothy  
 
Maria, St Clair, Florence and Dorothy Maria and St Clair Maria, Cosme, St Clair, Florence and Dorothy  
 
Dorothy, Cosme, Maria and Florence Dorothy, Ricky, St Clair, Florence, Cosme and Maria Ricky - RIP  
 
St Clair, Florence and Cosme St Clair and Maria Cosme, St Clair, Dorothy and Maria  
 
Florence Florence, Dorothy and Cosme Florence and Dorothy  
 
St Clair and Florence Cosme and Florence Cosme and Florence  
       
Noda said:

Reviewed by: Peter Breach on Friday 11 November 2011
Venue: Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham
Type of Production: Play
Producer/Director: Jane Webb

‘Glorious’ is based on the latter part of the life of Florence Foster Jenkins who considered herself to have a fine singing voice. Following her first recital in 1912 she began to attract considerable attention and interest, mainly because many regarded her as a joke, claiming she sang out of tune and was incapable of holding a note. However in 1944, at the age of 76 she performed at Carnegie Hall to an audience of 3,000 people. Throughout her career Florence seemed impervious to the adverse comments and jeers, maintaining,”People may say I can’t sing, but no one can ever say I didn’t sing”.
Polly Lewis gave a most impressive performance as Florence and was well supported by Richard Baker as Cosme McMoon, who accompanied her on piano. James Coleman as Florence’s manager, St Clair Byfield and Barbara Garner as Dorothy, a devoted friend, both demonstrated their strong loyalty and support for this diva in their performances. Suzanne Webb as the maid Maria delivered her lines in Spanish with the confidence of one speaking in their native tongue. Augusta Lees, in her brief appearance as Mrs Verrinder-Gedge showed how to work one’s self into a rage and then faint with panache.
This true story was presented in a most entertaining format – I loved it!