Welcome to ‘A Night at Gatsby’s’
Thank you for joining us at this evenings performance. Belfast Operatic Company are a local musical theatre company who perform in venues across the country, from the Grand Opera House, to tonights performance in the Hilton Hotel.
This evenings performance is an immersive musical theatre production, with a story derived from the iconic American Novel, ‘The Great Gatsby’. Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, for many this novel serves as the seminal depiction of the roaring twenties, an era known for its lavish parties, prohibition and jazz music.
Tonight a cast of local performers bring you the story of Gatsby, aided by songs from the worlds of film, musical theatre and pop. Adapted and directed by Gary Redpath, with choreography by Kirsten Magee, and Musical Direction from Adam Darcy, this particular production veers from our normal staging in that the action happens in the round, as you proceed through your evening tonight, the story of Gatsby will unfold around you.
If you enjoy your evening, please feel free to browse our website for upcoming events, follow us on social media, or consider hiring Belfast Operatic Company for your event – everything from Corporate to parties, we could bring a little of the roaring twenties to your guests.
In the meantime, please sit back, relax, enjoy your food and drink and join us for a little party, after all, it never killed nobody!
Writer/Director – Gary Redpath
Musical Director – Adam Darcy
Choreographer – Kirsten Magee
Production Manager – Carole McClure
Costumes – Emily Hill, Maree Robinson
Props – Carol Sykes, Jane McKee
Swing Advisor – Shane Berger
Bar provided by David Robinson
Nick Carraway, by way of writing a manuscript, introduces the audience to the world of the mysterious “Great” Gatsby. As the company enter, the party begins. Nick converses with the less than savoury Meyer Wolfsheim, a business partner of Gatsby’s, both of whom are involved in the sale of prohibited alcohol. As Nick is introduced to an old friend, Jordan Baker, the party continues and their meeting is cut short by the arrival of the famous Gilda Grey and her entourage of dancers. Myrtle Wilson, the mistress of Tom Buchanan, idolises Gilda and following rejection, tells of her desires to be in Hollywood. Following this Miss Baker, Miss McKee and Myrtle discuss rumours of the mysterious Gatsby and his motives. Meanwhile, Daisy Buchanan, a cousin of Nick, receives Gatsby’s invite to the party and wonders if she will live up to his memories of her now that she is older. The company Charleston as Daisy and Tom Buchanan arrive at the party. Daisy and Nick converse on the subject of her life with Tom and her newborn child with Tom, as secretly she hopes to meet Gatsby at the party and her interest is peaked when his name is mentioned. As the party continues, Daisy and Gatsby eventually meet and rekindle their old flame, each chasing the memory of each other.
The McKees, Myrtle and Tom discuss relationships, and the McKees desire to climb the ladder of society, as Myrtle shouts about her marriage to a lower class garage worker from downtown New York. As the night gets later, the crowd gets more boisterous and begin to get crabby. Myrtle starts to get angry at Tom for not paying her enough attention, and fuelled by liquor, bursts out. As the pair leave to reconcile, Daisy and Gatsby enter, now making no secret of their past relationship. Tom returns with Myrtle in tow, immediately realising something is going on between his wife and Gatsby. The situation eventually comes to a head and the two argue, with Daisy caught in the middle. As Tom leaves, Daisy tells Gatsby of her feelings for both men, but ultimately decides to leave with Tom in the hopes that he may do as he promises and change his ways. Despite the events of the evening, the party rages on, each individual striving for their own green light, and a desire to live forever.