The ASB season of Amadeus starts next month at the ASB Waterfront Theatre. Produced by the Auckland Theatre Company, Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus is one of the most famous and acclaimed plays of the late twentieth century and is not to be missed.
As director, Oliver Driver mentions, his interpretation of Amadeus is intended to be a multi-faceted spectacle, combining music, dance, acting and art. Everything from the musical performance, the costumes and set design has been approached with the notion of fitting the piece into a timeless setting – bringing the music of Mozart and this story to life in a distinctly modern way. It’s a larger than life exploration in multi-media and audiences will be treated to an exhibition of sound, visuals and emotion that’s much more than just a play.
This isn’t a carbon copy of the original. In every way, this piece has been constructed to fit into 2017, taking inspiration from the story but putting together a show that is unique. As well as the music and set, the costuming is a work of art, with Adrian Hailwood designing a wardrobe that mimics the style and dress of the period but not copying it.
A story about music, this production of Amadeus is built around a live band who has re-interpreted the classical pieces of music using modern day instrumentation.
In the past, a large orchestra was needed to create a large sound, but with modern amplification and technology – this is no longer the case. Musical director, Leon Radojkovic, has put together an exciting score for the show and gives audiences a taste of what the music of Mozart would sound like if he were able to use electric guitars and synthesizers. Rather than press play and let the music sit as an accompaniment to the show, the band is on stage and built into the fabric of the performance.
Opera singer, Madison Nonoa will also be singing six arias throughout the show – adding to the rich experience of this production of Amadeus.