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Orpheus In The Underworld

Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex
Wednesday 11th - Saturday 14th July 1984
Evenings 7.45pm

Music by Jacques Offenbach
New book and lyrics by Phil Park

Orpheus In The Underworld
is probably most famous for one number at the end of Act III called Galop - also known as The Can Can! A very basic version of the story goes a little like this: Orpheus can't stand his wife, Eurydice, and is delighted when she is bitten by a poisonous snake and carried off to the underworld by Pluto. Public Opinion, in the guise of a mezzo soprano, demands that Orpheus follow her to Hades and bring her back. While he is there, we get to witness some rather "ungodly" behaviour by the denizens of Mount Olympus.

Offenbach's fantastic score includes some of the following:

 Cherchez La Femme! Balloon Song I Was A King A Shepherd Am I  The 'Fly' Duet The Hades Chorus Mortals Below, Gods Up Above 

For Havering Music Makers' production:
Producer - Jennifer Cresswell
Musical Director - Alan Steel
Additional Choreography - Jean Finn
Rehearsal Accompanist - Jeremy Prentice

By arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd/Glocken Verlag Ltd
Havering Music Makers are an amateur society affiliated to The National Operatic and Dramatic Association and acknowledge the support of Havering Arts Council

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Last Revised: 26th September 2004 by
Nick Ford

© Richard Williams, Nick Ford & Carla Moore 2004