Orpheus Chorale singers (from left) Sarah Haines, Latham Barnes, Rob Bendell (Nero), Daniel Inglis and Sarah Styles rehearse for the choir’s upcoming dinner show Rome Sweet Rome.
Orpheus Chorale singers (from left) Sarah Haines, Latham Barnes, Rob Bendell (Nero), Daniel Inglis and Sarah Styles rehearse for the choir’s upcoming dinner show Rome Sweet Rome. Sarah Harvey

Orpheus singing theatre restaurant

IPSWICH Orpheus Chorale continues its busy 2012 program with a dinner theatre set dramatically in Italy.

Rome Sweet Rome is a laugh-a-minute show presented restaurant-style.

Director Kate Keenan gives a rundown of the plot.

"Cassandra, soothsayer of Rome, has decreed there be no bloodshed as the gods are angry," she said.

"This enrages Nero and his mother who decide to send the gladiators - two strong ones and a little one called "Littilus Wimpus" - to Britain to quell the uprising of Boadicea.

"Littilus Wimpus is happy to do this to prove himself a man to win the love of the temple maiden, Purina.

"The gladiators arrive in Britain, and prove to be very popular with the all-women tribe of Boadicea.

"They return to Rome, with the women, to overthrow Nero."

As it happens, Boadicea is hit by one of Cupid's arrows and her affections are directed to Nero.

"All ends well with peace and love restored in Rome," Ms Keenan said.

"Some of the songs include Macho Man, Venus, Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves, The Shoop Shoop Song and All you Need is Love."

Ms Keenan said the theatre restaurant raised revenue to help the choir members with costs when they travelled to eisteddfods.

The chorale has on many occasions been awarded champion choir at the Queensland State Eisteddfod.

In 1998 it won all eight sections for large choirs, a first for any choir in the eisteddfod's 112 years.

The singers have also performed at significant community events including Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor gala concerts, Ipswich City Council's Carols in the Park and the 2000 Ipswich Olympic torch relay ceremony.

Theatre restaurant performances are scheduled for July 13, 14, 20 and 21 from 7.30pm at the Ipswich Orpheus Chorale Complex, 122 Chermside Rd, East Ipswich.

Tickets are $33 for adults and $30 for concession, with a three-course meal included.

Book by phoning 3294 0222.



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