The halls of Adelaide Festival Centre were filled with festive cheer and a symphony of song as Christmas Proms returned to Adelaide for the most wonderful time of the year.
Directed and choreographed by Christopher Horsey, Christmas Proms featured the musical talents of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra as they transported audiences on a journey through a winter wonderland of traditional carols and contemporary Christmas hits.
At the helm of the wheel as conductor and host was Guy Noble, who brought his genial charisma and hints of humour to the stage with personal addresses to the audience in between his waving of the conductor’s baton.
After sell-out shows playing Glinda the Good Witch in both Wicked and Wizard of Oz the musicals, Lucy Durak again donned marvellous gossamer gowns to wow audiences with her gusty Broadway vocals.
Casting was certainly kept in the family, with director Christopher Horsey and Lucy Durack being happily married since 2014 and continuing to work closely side-by-side in the industry.
Audiences were also treated to the tremendous talents of tap masters Jan Di Pietro and Sean Mulligan from The Tap Pack, as the dancing duo performed a variety of humorous numbers involving witty dialogue and fast-paced choreography.
Dressed in intricate blue bodices, delicate tutus and glistening tiaras were the quick and nimble ballet students from The Barbara Jayne Dance Centre in Norwood, who showcased their synchronised ballet skills as they performed The Nutcracker Suite.
It was ten-year-old rising ballet star Mietta Brookman who warmed audience’s hearts with her performance as Clara from The Nutcracker, dancing starry eyed alongside the sugar plum fairies played by The Barbara Jayne Dance Centre students.
The Christmas Proms team also managed to pull some strings and call Santa’s Workshop in the North Pole to get an appearance from the big man himself, Father Christmas, for a special performance with lucky young Mietta!
A special Something on Saturday edition of Christmas Proms was held before the 2pm matinee show, which featured a pre-show performance by the On Stage Choir and Christmas craft activities in the Festival Theatre foyer from 12:45pm before the show commenced at 2pm.
Christmas Proms played Adelaide Festival Theatre for two days only. We’re already counting down the days till the next one!
Words by Tayla Giles