Beautiful and powerful ‘Amadeus’
Amadeus, the Senior Play at The Leys Great Hall, was an ambitious tour de force combining powerful acting performances with live period music and beautiful sets and costumes.
Peter Shaffer’s Tony Award winning play about Mozart and his jealous rival composer, was perhaps the most ambitious production yet by Cory Pulman-Jones. Now in her fourth year as Director of Performance Drama at The Leys, the former professional stage and screen actress continues encourage her young performers to aim for ever-greater things.
Music is integral to the play, and this production featured recordings of pieces by Mozart, Salieri and other 18th century composers. Cory went further by incorporating a quartet of musicians on strings and harpsichord (Sienna H, Joseph B, Alexander H and music teacher Scott Morrison) whose playing was used to great dramatic effect.
Aidan M gave an intelligent and affecting performance as the tormented Salieri, while Tommy H’s maddeningly infantile and guileless Mozart was an equally tragic figure. Olivia S brought strength to the character of Mozart’s long-suffering wife, Constanze, and Matthew M’s good-natured but featherbrained Emperor Josef II showed the fickleness of fashion in musical patronage.