UGF Performing Arts presents ‘An Evening with Gilbert and Sullivan’ on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Free show will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon
Next weekend the University of Great Falls performing arts department will present a collection of music that, when done well, can transform genre expectations of both opera and comedy productions.
“An Evening with Gilbert and Sullivan” will see a mixture of community members, students and UGF faculty performing songs from some of the most popular W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan shows. The program will feature scenes from “The Gondoliers,” “The Mikado,” “HMS Pinafore,” and “The Pirates of Penzance.” Gilbert and Sullivan were acclaimed Victorian-era theatrical producers.
The shows run Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the UGF Theater. Admission is free.
The cast for the show includes the UGF Music Entrepreneur and University Choir Director Meghan Wakeley, Performing Arts Entrepreneur Michael Gilboe, Barb Lassiter, Gina Hart, Britanie McOsker, Ken Taylor, Matt Bartolotta, Megan Hauer, Siomara Zendejas, Laura McCain, Josh Wendt, Cameron Martell, Kinley Little, Karlie Southon and Rocio Rivera Rosado.
Wakeley said they’ve got a good mix of people who each have varying musical skills that they’ll be able to express themselves with through these pieces.
She also added that they’re hoping this show will help re-introduce opera to the community in a way that’s light, fun and interesting
“Too often I think people hear a show is an ppera and they’re turned off before even hearing what it’s like, but the cool thing about Gilbert and Sullivan is that their works are all very relate-able. Then this show isn’t that long, and it’s all in English so people won’t have to worry about trying to translate what we’re saying or try reading along at the same time. We’re all pretty excited about it,” she said.
Finally, on the UGF Performing Arts Facebook page, it states, “If you like Pirates, Butterfly Nets, and Men in Drag then this (Gilbert and Sullivan show) is the show for you!”
You can find more info about it on that page here.