L’enfant et les sortilèges

L’enfant et les sortilèges, 2015

Directed by Samling Artists Miranda Wright and Jean-Paul Pruna, in July 2015 Samling Academy Opera presented Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges. This ‘lyric fantasy’ – The Child and the Spells – is a cautionary tale where a naughty child’s actions rebound as inanimate objects and animals learn to talk and seek their revenge. This fully-staged production with a reduction of the score for piano duet, cello and flute by Didier Puntos also saw Samling Artist Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson join the all-Academy cast in the roles of Fire and Nightingale.

Dena Lague, who has performed with Matthew Bourne’s celebrated New Adventures for the past decade, joined the production team as movement director and the opera was lit by innovative international lighting designer, Petr Vocka.

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Cast
Charlotte La Thrope – L’enfant
Harriet Beckham – Maman & La tasse chinoise
Jacob Robson – Le fauteuil & L’arbre
Ana Fernandez Guerra – La bergère & L’écureuil
Richard Pinkstone – L’horloge comtoise
Alexander Banfield – Le théière & La rainette
Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson – Le feu & Le rossignol
Rowan Pierce – La princesse
Camilla Harris – Une pastourelle & La chatte
Rebecca Madden – Un pâtre & La chouette
Myrna Tennant – Le petit vieillard
Jordan Carlton – Le chat
Charlotte Heslop – La libellule
Elen Roberts – La chauve-souris & L’enfant (cover)
Violet Beaumont – Chorus
Laura Brown – Chorus
Emily Bullock – Chorus
Honor Halford MacLeod – Chorus

Miranda Wright – Director
Jean-Paul Pruna – Music Director & Piano
Dena Lague – Movement Director
Petr Vocka – Lighting Design
Alex Edwards – Lighting
Ian Tindale – Piano
Luke Russell – Flute
Nick Byrne – Cello
Emily Bestow – Stage Manager, Props & Costume Design
Claire Weston – Wardrobe, Hair & Make-up
Holly Brunskill – Production Assistant
Ken Chalmers -Surtitles
Mary Emmett – Surtitles Operator
Sue Pierce – Production Support
Jen Hart & Mark Pinder – Photography
Baynes Travel, Allendale – Transport