Local Gilbert and Sullivan fans, get ready

Staff Writer

The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company will sail into Hyde Park this week on the bow of the “H.M.S. Pinafore.”

Before the opera company presents its eighth production of the W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan opera poking fun at unqualified people in positions of authority, the company will present “The Secrets of the H.M.S. Pinafore.”

The lecture, presented by Ralph MacPhail Jr., a professor of theater at the Bridgewater College of Virginia, will explore how Gilbert and Sullivan adapted the opera for American audiences and other little known facts about the show.
The lecture will include performances of songs from the theater company’s production.

The lecture will take place at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6 at U. of C.’s Classics Building, room 110, 1010 E. 59th St.

The event is free and open to the public. Register in advance at tinyurl.com/secretslecturersvp.

The company’s production of the “H.M.S. Pinafore” will be from March 14 to March 16 at Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St. The show will be directed by Charlie Marie McGrath, the musical direction is by Robert Whalen and Nancy Levner will produce.

The Hyde Park-based Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company has been performing one show each year by the Victorian-era playwrights since 1960.