Gilbert & Sullivan's Light Opera The Grand Duke
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The last date listed for The Grand Duke was Friday March 28, 2014 / 7:30pm.
Currently at Howard Conn Fine Arts Center
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Take to the high seas aboard the H.M.S. Pinafore, Gilbert & Sullivan's beloved comic operetta of mistaken identity, love, intrigue and duty in the British navy. This seaworthy satire spins the yarn of a gentlemanly captain who's arranged for his daughter to marry the First Lord of the Admiralty ... even though she's already in love with a common sailor on her father's ship. The show's signature hummable tunes include "I'm Called Little Buttercup," "When I Was a Lad" and "I Am the Captain of the Pinafore." Set against the looming backdrop of World War II, don't miss this dramatically reimagined production when it sails into the Howard Conn Fine Arts Center.
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Featured review from Stuart Holland
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This was the only G&S I was not familiar with, and after hearing how they had to doctor it, I'm not surprised. I can't imagine that many companies put this on exactly as it was originally written. But they did a marvelous job integrating their adaptations. Loved it.
This production is not recommended for children under the age of 4.
About the Ticket Supplier: The Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company
The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company was founded in 1979, by Dick Fishel and Jim Hart. That year, the company produced its first operetta, Gilbert & Sullivan’s one act, Trial by Jury.
Since then, in its thirty-plus year history, the company has presented fully staged productions of all thirteen of the Gilbert & Sullivan operettas, ranging from perennial favorites, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado, and The Pirates of Penzance, to the lesser-known The Grand Duke and Utopia, Limited.
The company has also gone outside the Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire and performed Orpheus in the Underworld by Jacques Offenbach, The Zoo by B. C. Stephenson and Arthur Sullivan, as well as a concert version of The Rose of Persia by Basil Hood and Arthur Sullivan, and a semi-staged production of the comic Gilbert and Sullivan parody, The Da Vinci Coda.
In addition, the company regularly appears with the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, at the Lake Harriet Bandshell, in the summer, to present a concert version of one of the Gilbert & Sullivan operettas.