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Opera Performance: The Gondoliers

  • Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017
  • Time: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Location: Center for the Arts, Jewel Theatre

The Gondoliers - poster by Marie SauzeJoin the Luther College Music Department as they present Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers (Or the King of Barataria) on Thursday, May 4th at 7:30! Performances will be held in the Jewel Theatre in the Center for the Arts.

Tickets can be purchased through the Luther College Box Office. Regular tickets for the performance are $15; $8 for children 12 and under; and free for Luther students with co-curricular activities fee.

Imagine expecting to inherit your family’s fortune, but discovering that your parents are in financial trouble and your future hangs in the balance. Not only that, but your parents also reveal to you that they married you off to the heir to the throne of Barataria when you were just a baby! Your family vacation to Venice has turned into a visit to the Grand Inquisitor of Spain, in order to discover which of two unsuspecting gondoliers is your long lost husband! And so begins The Gondoliers, one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved operettas. As this confused family attempts to solidify its future, two modest gondoliers unsuspectingly ascend the throne of Barataria. The gondoliers must journey to their recently acquired kingdom, separate from their new wives, and adjust to the fact that one of them was promised to marry another. Who is actually married to whom? Who is the true King of Barataria? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Luther’s electrifying production of The Gondoliers.

The performance will be conducted and accompanied by visiting assistant professor of music Nicholas Shaneyfelt. Shaneyfelt also serves as the vocal coach for the production. Stage direction is by associate professor of music Andrew Whitfield and musical direction and preparation is by professor of music Edwin Andereck. Scenic design is by Jeff Dintaman, professor of theatre; lighting design and technical direction is by Tom Berger, theatre and dance technical director. Professor of dance Jane Hawley is choreographer for the famous “Cachucha” dance, and Decorah resident Donalee Burns is the costumer. Jill Phillips, alumni guest lecturer in music, is the assistant stage director, and Luther student Elaena Hoekstra is the stage manager.

Poster by Marie Sauze.

Questions? Contact Andrew Whitfield, 563-387-1764