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Trial By Jury 2010

Gilbert & Sullivan’s

Trial By Jury

Pultneyville Civic Light Opera Company 50th Anniversary Celebration
Fifty years ago, it all began with one man’s dream: David E. Cooper — affectionately known as ‘Coop’ — wanted to give kids a chance to sing, dance and act in a community theatre setting. With a core group of dedicated adults, a bunch of enthusiastic performers, and very little capital, he did just that on the stage at Gates Hall. Today, his legacy is a thrriving community theatre organization drawing talented performers from Wayne and surrounding counties.

In celebration of our 50th anniversary, the Gatesinger Company, Ltd. is pleased to offer our Pultneyville Civic Light Opera Company’s annual Gilbert and Sullivan production. This year’s will consist of two parts. The first act–a one-act operetta rarely performed at Gates Hall–Trial by Jury will be directed by Wayne VanderByl.
In Trial, the beguiling Angelina (Ann Rhody) — betrayed by the philandering Edwin (Carl Webeck) — and her counsel (Kurt Griffen) bring suit for breach of promise of marriage. The case comes before a Judge (Alan pritchard) with his own record of matrimonial perfidy, and a jury deeply biased against Edwin by the court’s usher. (Bob Gorski)
The show brings several old and new faces to the stage at Gates Hall, and moves all the twists and turns one expects of a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta to an 1870s saloon of the American west, inspired by the legendary Judge Roy Bean.
The second act will be a revue of many favorite choruses from Gilbert and Sullivan cannon. Director Karen Nail promises that it will be a “rollicking good time” with some of our dear old friends returning to the stage, as well as many talented newcomers. Choruses from Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore and more are included, with opportunities for the audience to join in. So, come on down to Gates Hall and join the celebration!

Performances are July 16, and 17 at 8:00 pm, and 18 at 3:00 pm at Gates Hall.

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