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Date: April 18, 2015
Time: 7:30 Location: The Rita, Bedford Concert Hall
Address: 900 Wood Road Kenosha, WI 53144
UW-Parkside Opera Workshop is honored to collaborate with the Choral Arts Society for a fully-staged production of Gilbert and Sullivan's enchanting operetta, The Sorcerer. Beautiful melodies, hysterical choruses, colorful costumes, and the "topsy turvey" world of G&S humor will be yours to enjoy in the amazing acoustics and beautiful ambiance of Bedford Hall. Join us for an evening of laughter and Victorian delight!
The Sorcerer, first produced in 1877, is among Gilbert & Sullivan's early comic operas. The betrothal of Alexis, a Grenadier guard and son of Sir Marmaduke to Aline, also a noble, is to be celebrated by the entire village with a glorious feast. Alexis wishes to share the happiness of being in love with all, regardless of age or station. He invites Sorcerer John Wellington Wells to conjure a love potion and "spike" the tea at the couple's celebration. This leads to a scrambling of the social order, along with some unexpected consequences, all presented with irony and humor in playful words and music.
William Gilbert enjoyed success as a London playwright, and Arthur Sullivan likewise as a composer, prior to collaborating on a series of 14 comic operas. Most of these were commissioned by presenter and producer Richard D'Oyly Carte between 1871 and 1896. The success, influence, and frequent performance of these approachable and enjoyable works may be attributed in part to the annual tours of the D'Oyly Carte Opera and the release of recordings in the early 20th century.
Tickets: Adults $15, Seniors $12, Students $5. Advance tickets available at Personal Touch Florists in Racine at 4060 N. Main St. or 5445 Spring St., or online at www.choralartsonline.org. Contact CAS by E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 262-634-3250.