Valley Light Opera Pub Sing of “The Gondoliers” at Annual Meeting

unnamedJoin us for a Valley Light Opera Pub Sing at our Annual Meeting on March 28 where we will present a music-only version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers. We provide the principals and our audience is invited to become part of the chorus! All are welcome – singers, non-singers and spectators alike.

Location: Mi Tierra Restaurant, 48 Russell Street in Hadley, MA.

There will be a brief business meeting 6:30-7 pm and singing starts at 7 pm. Feel free to arrive early – drinks and food from a delicious full menu will be available throughout.

The Gondoliers is full of spectacular music – so much so that there are no fewer than nine musical numbers until the first line of dialog! VLO pub sings are music only, performed without the dialog anyway, so things move rapidly along. Debuted on December 7, 1889, this was the twelfth operetta by Gilbert & Sullivan and is an international favorite.

Please join us! The Grand Inquisitor decrees you’ll have a great time – “of that there is no manner of doubt – no probable, possible shadow of doubt – no possible doubt whatever!” Our pub sings are always rollickin’ fun and a very friendly event for all. VLO-ers, non-VLO-ers, former VLO-ers, G&S fans and novices alike are all welcomed with “laughing song and merriment.”

Musical Director: Bill Venman
Accompanied by: Glen Gordon and Diana Peelle

Cast List:
Casilda: Mimi Goodman
Don Alhambra, Grand Inquisitor: Michael Budnick
Duchess of Plaza Toro: Louise Krieger
Duke of Plaza Toro: Graham Christian
Gianetta, Fiametta: Heather Williams
Giuseppe Palmieri, Antonio: Robin Parsons
Inez: Connie Cappelli
Luiz: Steven Williams
Marco Palmieri, Francesco, Giorgio: Jack Stebbins
Tessa, Vittoria: Donna Griffin
Giulia: Diana Peelle

Plot Summary: The Operetta is centered around yet another Gilbertian “switched-at-birth” theme. The two most popular gondoliers in Venice are pursued by all the ladies,and so choose their brides in a game with blindfolds. The Grand Inquisitor arrives to announce that one of them has just become the King of Barataria (a small island nation), but only their foster mother, presently at large, knows which one. As Barataria needs a king to put down unrest in the country, they travel there to reign jointly, leaving their brand-new wives behind in Venice until the old lady can be interviewed. It turns out that the king was wed in infancy to the beautiful daughter of the Spanish Duke of Plaza-Toro, and so it seems he (whichever one it is) is an unintentional bigamist. Of course, the beautiful daughter is in love with a common servant! When the young Spaniard and the two Venetian wives all show up wanting to know which of them is queen, complications arise. No worries: The true identity of the king is revealed, and all is sorted out spectacularly well by the end.

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ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE: The Board of Directors of the Valley Light Opera announces their 42nd annual meeting of the company at 6:30 p.m. on the 28th of March at Mi Tierra Restaurant .

Members will vote on nominees for membership on the board, hear reports from outgoing President Kate Green, and discuss plans for the next production and other activities.

Membership is not required to attend our event, but you can become a member at the Annual Meeting! Dues are $20 for an individual; $40 for a family, $10 for student.

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