Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Published February 16th 2015
Stories, a few songs, a couple of arias and the lovely Emma
Princess Obsession is a one woman, or rather one woman and one female accompanist, show about singers, songs and Mr Disney.
Emma Marie Davis is a gorgeous young lady with a bit of a thing about the Disney princesses and the women who sang their voices.
She relates the stories of three of Disney's more famous voices - Adriana Caselotti (Snow White), Ilene Woods (Cinderella) and Mary Costa (Princess Aurora). Their stories are fascinating, the anecdotes interwoven with songs of the period or made famous by the singers.
Adriana Caselotti, Ilene Woods and Mary Costa (Photographs courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
Of the three Mary Costas had the most illustrious career outside of Disney, becoming an international opera singer with more than forty roles in opera at The New York Met, London's Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne and many European opera houses.
Emma, simply dressed in an elegant creation moves around the stage, now being Walt Disney, now Mary with a strong Tennesse accent, now Jack Benny.
And among it all is the singing - elegant, wide ranging from Puccini to Porter in a surprising range from dramatic soprano down to contralto - songs redolent of the times and deeply evocative.
Emma is ably and unobtrusively accompanied by Irina Vasilieva on keyboard, to whom a lot of the success of the evening was due.
There are a couple of shows left - do try and see it if you can - by turns interesting, informative and lyrical. Tickets here.