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Rockdale Opera Company presents A Victorian Double Bill @ The Rockdale Town Hall

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Glen Stelzer as the Court Usher and Samanta Lestavell as the aggrieved plaintiff in COX AND BOX, otherwise known as THE LONG LOST BROTHERS.

If you are in the mood to enjoy two well performed entertaining light opera works backed by a very pleasing orchestra make your way this coming weekend to the Rockdale Town Hall to enjoy the Rockdale Opera Company’s current double bill, both directed and conducted  by Jon Smith.

I went to the Sunday matinee and a  good  crowd was in to see the performance. The afternoon began with a rarely performed piece, COX AND BOX by Burnard and Sullivan. This piece is a bit of comic nonsense/ mayhem. A greedy landlord, Mrs Bouncer, rents out a room to two different people, a Mr Cox and a Mr Box, neither of whom knows the other. How does she do it? Well….Cox works all day as a hatter and Box works all night as a printer. So they never need the room at the same time. All Mrs Bouncer has to do is to constantly rearrange the room for the next shift. All is good until the inevitable happens and Cox comes home early one day, given a day off by his employer, and finds Box in his room. No amount of fudging by Mrs Bouncer can deny the facts. Continue reading Rockdale Opera Company presents A Victorian Double Bill @ The Rockdale Town Hall