Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic opera, The Gondoliers, will be presented by Encore! Educational Theatre Company at the Hirsch Theatre, Beit Shmuel, from December 26 to January 1, with a cast of 45 and orchestra of 15, under the direction of Robert Binder, with musical direction by Paul Salter, choreography by Judy Brown, and set design by Roxane Goodkin-Levy. This will be the troupe’s eleventh annual production of an opera by Britain’s most famous duo, whose theatrical masterpieces are performed all over the world.
Although The Gondoliers is a delightful satire on “republican” governments (“when everyone is somebody, then no-one’s anybody”), it has long been a favourite of the English royal family, and was honoured with a command performance at Windsor Castle by Queen Victoria. In this diamond jubilee year of Victoria’s great-great-granddaughter, the wit remains as sparkling as ever and the music particularly delightful.
Featured in the company are Encore veterans Aviella Trapido, Daniel Forst, and Claire Greenfeld, along with newcomers Jay Shir, Michael Sacofsky, Maya Cohen, Maria Luibman, and Rafi Apfel. A musical treat for the entire family.
You can order online at http://www.encore-etc.com/order-tickets/ or call our box office staff (054-578-9006), or the Hirsch Theatre box-office, (02) 620-3463.
The entire libretto of the opera may be downloaded from http://diamond.boisestate.edu/gas/gondoliers/gn_lib.rtf
Dec. 26, 27 at 8:00 p.m.
Dec. 29 at 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 30 at 4:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Jan. 1 at 8:00 p.m.
Photo by Brian Negin