“With heart and with voice
Let us welcome this mating;
Leave them here to rejoice,
With true love palpitating,
Alexis the brave,
And the lovely Aline!”
Oh joy! oh joy!
The charm works well,
And all are now united.
The blind young boy
Obeys the spell,
Their troth they all have plighted!
March 10 to April 2, 2023
The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company is pleased to announce that it will present The Sorcerer, for four weekends, from March 10 to April 2, 2023.
This production will be directed by Gary Briggle, with music direction by Dr. Randal Buikema.
The Sorcerer’s plot involves an engaged couple, Alexis and Aline, the son and daughter of the community’s two aristocratic families. The couple wish that everyone could be as happy in love as they are. In addition, Alexis believes that love should level all ranks and social distinctions. To achieve both goals, Alexis hires John Wellington Wells of J. W. Wells & Co., Family Sorcerers, to put a love potion into the tea that the villagers will drink at a celebration in honor of the couple. The love potion causes everyone in the village to fall in love with the first person they see, regardless of rank or social distinction. This results in the pairing of comically mismatched couples … including Alexis and Aline’s parents. All is made right in the end, when a sacrifice is made to break the spell.
The Sorcerer was Gilbert and Sullivan’s third collaboration, following Trial by Jury and proceeding H.M.S. Pinafore. The operetta satirized Victorian era class distinctions and operatic conventions. The success of The Sorcerer cemented Gilbert and Sullivan’s partnership and set the pattern and style that made Gilbert and Sullivan’s following operas so successful. The Sorcerer opened on November 17, 1877 and ran for 175 performances.
Two excellent internet resources for information about The Sorcerer:
All performances will be at the Howard Conn Fine Arts Center, at Plymouth Congregational Church, located at 1900 Nicollet Avenue South, in Minneapolis. Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 7:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2:00 pm.
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