Were You There?
May 10, 1998
Chess BC/EFA Benefit
Tonight, the 10th of May, saw the first of
two performances of CHESS in Concert, to benefit BC/EFA.
This concert was magnificent in every
respect. The actors/singers could not have been chosen more wisely
by Rob, who doubled as the Russian Anatoly, and the show's
producer and guiding hand. Molokov, the KGB man was played with
panache by Ray McLeod, also of J/H. Florence was played by
Christiane Noll, and Alice Ripley played Anatoly's wife, Svetlana.
Brian Darcy James played Freddie, the outrageous American
chessmaster. His rendition of Pity the Child was surpassed only by
Anatoly's masterful and moving ANTHEM. The Arbiter, the ruler of
the game itself, was played by Danny Zolli, who hit some high
notes that I cannot even find the words to describe.
This was very hard work, since most of the
performers are in shows now, and rehearsals had to be squeezed in
at odd times, between other professional commitments. I was
fortunate enough to work as a production team member, and let me
tell you all the work was worth the result!!!
If you are lucky enough to have a ticket for
next week's show, your spirits will be raised to new heights of
awe, joy, and pleasure - and all to benefit BC/EFA.
See you there!