The Northern Michigan University music department will present the Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera “The Gondoliers” May 9-11 at Forest Roberts Theatre. Evening shows are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Matinees will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

            The Duke and Dutchess of Plaza-Toro come to Venice in search of the heir to the throne of Barataria. The most likely candidates are two handsome Gondoliers, but they are more interested in parties than politics and – what’s more – each has just married. It takes the help of a nursemaid to identify the real king.  

            Director Rob Engelhart said the 30-member cast is comprised of community members and NMU students and employees.

            “The show is packed with great music,” he said. “It’s a mature work by Gilbert and Sullivan. It premiered in 1889 and most of their other shows premiered earlier. Audiences will be treated to a few surprises. Some Upper Peninsula-isms have been interjected in spots. We lowered the price of tickets this year to make the show more accessible and added another matinee in the hope of attracting more families and senior citizens who might prefer the earlier time.”

            All tickets are $8 and are available only at the Forest Roberts Theatre box office from 12-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To call ahead for tickets, call (906) 227-2082. Discount coupon books are available by calling Engelhart at (906) 227-1038.

Prepared By
May 2, 2008