|The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin presents a very special performance of Trial by Jury, with sparkling music by Arthur Sullivan and hilarious libretto by W. S. Gilbert. Artistic Director Ralph MacPhail, Jr. and Musical Director Jeffrey Jones-Ragona will lead the production of this melodic and comedic delight of a show last performed by the society in 2002. Trial by Jury will be a fully-staged chamber production of the entire opera, with costumes, props, the suggestion of a set, a reduced chorus and grand-piano accompaniment.
Trial by Jury is the only Gilbert and Sullivan opera written in one act, running approximately 40 minutes, and is their only opera that contains no spoken dialogue. It is considered by some to be the most perfectly constructed of the G&S operas, and is a little gem of wit, cleverness, and charm. It was first produced in 1875 at London's Royalty Theatre, where it was a runaway hit with audiences. The success of Trial by Jury launched their famous series of thirteen comic operas produced by Richard D’Oyly Carte.
Hear some of your favorite G&S singers, with Arthur DiBianca as The Learned Judge, Carol Brown as The Plaintiff, Holton Johnson as The Defendant, Janette Jones as Counsel for the Plaintiff, David Fontenot as The Usher, Robert L. Schneider as The Foreman of the Jury, and a chorus of bridesmaids, gentleman of the jury, and the public. Musical accompaniment will be by Jeanne Sasaki.
Don't miss this rare and exciting performance! The performance will be followed by a social hour, and guests are invited to bring snacks and treats to share.
This is a "pay what you will" performance.