I’m working on writing up a few more intros for the opera page at the Arts America site, and the one I just finished is about a company that has its opening show tonight!
The Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company presents Patience, which runs from March 9th through April 1st of 2012. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2:00 p.m. (except for Sunday, March 11, which is at 1:00). Find ticket information here.
Our friend Christy is performing in it, and my daughter’s name is Patience – so there ya go – two reasons to attend.
Gilbert and Sullivan is really fun stuff. For those of you who saw Nathan in H.M.S. Pinafore at the Guthrie this summer, Patience is written by the same people. And for those of you who didn’t see Nathan at the Guthrie this summer, Patience is still written by the same people.
It’s been great to learn more about the various arts organizations in the Twin Cities. If you’re wondering about this one, read on…
The Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company, founded in 1979, is based out of the Howard Conn Fine Arts Center on Nicollet Avenue near downtown Minneapolis. The company focuses almost exclusively on performing the late 19th century works of the British duo – librettist W. S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan. Every year for over thirty years, they have performed at least one fully staged production.
As an advanced amateur company, the GSVLOC is “a company of people who do what we do for the love of it …” Though simple and small in the beginning, they now use a full thirty-piece orchestra in their productions. The casts of up to forty members are comprised of auditioned actors from around the Twin Cities. For the visually impaired audience member, there is usually at least one performance per production that offers audio description.
In addition to the company’s full productions, they assist with school and community G&S productions, and individual members periodically perform G&S operettas in concert form with the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra at the Lake Harriet Bandshell.