Opera á la Carte

Jun 3, 2012

The Mikado; photo courtesy of Opera á la Carte

“A fine practitioner of Gilbertian patter and Sullivanian lyricism,” so says the Los Angeles Times of Richard Sheldon, founder of the forty-year-old Gilbert and Sullivan repertory company Opera á la Carte.

The Neighborhood Church and Garden will be the location this Saturday for a Victorian garden party with a silent auction, raffle, victuals and beverages, and—of course—the amusing, zany lyrics of librettist W. S. Gilbert and the lively music of composer Arthur Sullivan.

Victorian dress is encouraged and a professional photographer will be on hand to capture the moment for all who would wish it. For a twist, the repertory company will be “raffling off their songs, so that the audience can choose from a menu of selections and pick their own musical meal” from the fourteen G&S comic Savoy Operas.

Director Mike Leigh says that Gilbert’s “genius is to fuse opposites with an imperceptible sleight of hand, to blend the surreal with the real, and the caricature with the natural….In other words, to  tell a perfectly outrageous story in a completely deadpan way.”

Summer is upon us, as is our June gloom. What’s a better way to endure this yearly topsy-turvy than by enjoying an evening of Gilbert and Sullivan, á la carte.

Opera á la Carte
Saturday, June 9th
Reception & Silent Auction, 5 p.m.; Performance, 6-8 p.m.
Neighborhood Church and Garden
301 N. Orange Grove Blvd.
Tickets: $30 in advance; $35 at the door
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