Thursday April 4, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- The Valley Light Opera will present a special double bill of favorites by W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan on Saturday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m., at New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St.

The second part of the program will be a fully staged production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s acclaimed satire on Victorian manners and morals, "Trial by Jury"; the first part will be a selection of classic excerpts from the pens of Gilbert & Sullivan.

The cast of "Trial by Jury" will include Ted Blaisdell as the Defendant, John Healy as the Judge, Nina Pollard as the Counsel, and Shelley Roberts as the Plaintiff. Stage director is Steve Morgan, conductor is Phil Helzer and designer Chris Riddle.

Although "Trial by Jury" is more than a hundred years old, having premiered in 1875, Morgan believes that the social and political commentary of Gilbert & Sullivan has not aged at all; his production, and the selections in the first half of the program, emphasize the continuing relevance of these classics.

Tickets, which will be sold at the door, are $10 for adults and $3 for students.

Please feel free to contact me via email or telephone (413-253-8962), or director Steve Morgan (413-548-8119; for more information!


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