Victoria Gilbert and Sullivan Society Presents British Music Hall

South Vancouver Island

Fri. December 3rd, 2010 – Sun. December 5th, 2010
Friday December 3rd at 8pm Saturday December 4th at 8pm Sunday December 5th at 2pm.

Sing along to Flanders and Swann, Kiss Me Kate, and WWI era ditties this fall as the Victoria Gilbert and Sullivan Society is excited to explore a great British tradition of the British Music Hall. British Music Hall followed a format of a master of ceremonies, or "Chairman", introducing singers, dancers, and special acts, intermitted with jokes to the audience and farcical storytelling. Similar to American Vaudeville, British Music Hall allows for outrageous characters and slight improvisation.

The show, written by Adrian Sly, follows a variety show formula and will include many famous Music Hall songs, such as "Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag" and the" Hippopotamus Song", performed by familiar members of the Victoria Gilbert and Sullivan Society. This is a collaborative experience from cast and crew, and, true to British Music Hall form, will grow organically until the final performance.

The success of a Music Hall show depends on audience participation, so leave the prim and proper at the opera and bring your cheers and jeers. A large screen will be projecting lyrics, so every voice can chip in while staying environmentally conscious. This comic show is a fundraiser for our spring main stage production; show your enthusiasm for The Mikado by bringing Victorian-style rowdiness and the willingness to join a sing-along. As was the intention of productions from W.S Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, this is a chance to let loose and enjoy theatre without pretension.

Well-know to southern Vancouver Island audiences are members of our production team: Stage Director, Chris Moss; Music Director, Kathleen West; Script Writer, Adrian Sly; and Producer, Linda Troke.

Cost: $25 Category: Fundraisers, Music, Theatre
Location: Fairfield New Horizons, 1-380 Cook Street More Info: Barbara Knoop, Executive Director

Phone: 250.298.0644; cell 250.516.2013
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