Based on the short story by Edgar Allan Poe, 'Morella' tells the story of a young woman who longed for immortality.
A gothic tale of horror, tragedy and love, with a story adapted by Lesley Creasser Guymer and a stunning score by Jack Mitchell Smith - 'Morella' is a dark but beautiful journey into the beliefs of a 19th century fishing port.
"Morella" is currently being developed as a concept album for public release. West Kingston Productions are very excited to announce the 2021 recording cast;
Morella / Daughter - Alex Allison
Narrator - Micheal Daws
Pastor - Tom Blackwell
Lead Sailor - Warwick Nixon
Young Sailor - Eddie Melling
Midwife - Nicky Evans
The Ancients - Rosanne Priest / Rosie Carlisle / Patsy Phillips
Flutes - Michael A Grant
Clarinet - Frances Averre
Bassoon - Michael Kearley
Trumpets - Colin Jones
Drums and Percussion - Kieran Newport
Piano - Jack Mitchell Smith
Violins - Roger Mo
Cello - Jessica Sharratt
"Morella - Passages from a Gothic Opera"
"Morella" is West Kingston Productions' original project, and is the one that brought wordsmith Lesley Creasser Guymer and musician Jack Mitchell Smith together.
Work commenced in 2010, fleshing out the original short story to substantiate a feature length piece of work more fluidly than Poe's original. This took years to perfect, bringing in the setting of the sea, alongside the introduction and development of some new characters.
The first performance excerpts from "Morella" was at King Edward Street Chapel on Saturday 21st June 2014, as part of Macclesfield's Barnaby Arts Festival. The show was a huge success, selling out the chapel to such a point that people would be turned away!
The following gallery shows some promotional and rehearsal shots for what would be named;
"Morella - Passages from a Gothic Opera".