‘Iolanthe’ staged at Vets’ Theater on Wednesday

By April 5, 2011

A special performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta “Iolanthe” will be presented at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis. The show is produced by the Light Opera Theatre of Sacramento.

According to conductor Philip Daley, a relatively recent UC Davis grad who lives and works in Davis, “ ‘Iolanthe’ is all about fairies interfering with politics, and a half-fairy who is in love with a mortal. It’s full of typical Gilbert & Sullivan plot twists, and full of atypical Gilbert & Sullivan music — which is beautiful and extremely well-crafted.”

Daley added that “several UCD composition majors have, along with myself, created a custom reduced orchestration for this performance.”

The performance will have a special ticket price “because we aren’t bringing the sets with us,” according to Daley. The sets will remain at the 24th Street Theatre in Sacramento, where the other performances are being held.

“But we will have the orchestra in Davis, along with the costumes, and props,” Daley said.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors age 55 and older and $8 for students and children. Tickets will be available at the door. For information, including dates for additional performances in Sacramento, visit http://www.lightoperasac.org or call (916) 258-5687.

Jeff Hudson

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