The Sorcerer - Gilbert & Sullivan Society
South Vancouver Island
Sat. March 13th, 2010 – Sun. March 21st, 2010
13 & 20 March - 8:00 pm
14 & 21 March - 2:00 pm
The premier production of "The Sorcerer" opened in 1877, and continues to delight audiences 133 years later. Heralding what was to become a lifelong collaboration between librettist, W.S Gilbert famed for his inspired lyrics and composer Sir Arthur Sullivan for his continuous outpouring of unforgettable melodies, the opera can be said to have immediately struck a major chord with musical theatre audiences of the day.
The action takes place in a small,quaint village, think Oak Bay, where life is placid and boringly predictable, until John Wellington Wells, an employee of a respectable firm of Sorcerers, think Harry Potter's great grandfather, turns their predictable little world upside down. He successfully tricks the villagers into drinking a magic potion from a large teapot, resulting in everyone falling in love with the first person they see with hilarious consequences. In the topsy turvey world of Gilbert and Sullivan alls well that ends well.
The show is full of good humour, social satire and music that ranges from buoyant and bouncy to dramatically compelling. Music direction is under the baton of Rick Underwood, stage direction by Wendy Merk and choreography by Scott Vannan. In addition The Canadian Pacific Ballet adds an interesting and visually delightful element to the whole presentation.
The cast features Josh Lovell as Alexis. Josh was featured as the young artist at the Symphony Splash last summer. The audience will have another opportunity to hear this wonderful young tenor. Victoria Gilbert and Sullivan favourite Adrian Sly, who appeared as Pooh Bah in last falls sell out performances of the Concert Mikado will play John Wellington Wells.
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Charlie White Theatre Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Ave. Sidney BC