There’s no time like the present to bring the topsy-turvy world of Gilbert and Sullivan back to the stage in Campbell River.
“I really think that musical theatre has had a renaissance and that’s because of shows like Glee and High School Musical,” says Heather Gordon, the director of An Evening of Fun with Gilbert and Sullivan which plays at the Tidemark Theatre on Saturday.
While musical theatre is being brought to new audiences, Campbell River’s longstanding company Shoreline Musical Theatre Society hopes to introduce them to the genre’s long and storied past. And what better material to entertain both new audiences and old than that of legendary English songsters Gilbert and Sullivan.
“Musical theatre is very cool right now all across the board,” says Gordon. “I think Gilbert and Sullivan is the epitome of musical theatre.”
Gilbert and Sullivan is rollicking, humorous, often cheeky and outright fun. But it is also great music that allows the human voice to soar. Shoreline has brought the world’s great musicals to Campbell River such as Gilbert and Sullivan classics The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance as well as other audience favorites such as Fiddler on the Roof. After a short hiatus, Shoreline is back with a Gilbert and Sullivan review that will head a night of fun.
Gordon is pleased to be bringing a new Shoreline production to the stage because everybody needs good musical theatre.
“I really think that musical theatre has to have a home in every town,” Gordon says.
This event will be a fundraiser for Shoreline so that the home of musical theatre in Campbell River can continue to entertain.
The evening begins with appetizers and drinks at 7:30, followed by the show starting at 8:15, and ending with dessert and coffee at 9:15. There will be a raffle featuring six exciting prizes. Audience members are encouraged to dress in Gilbert and Sullivan costumes if they like – pirates, sailors, Victorian era dresses – that kind of thing. There will be prizes for the two best costumes. Tickets are $25 and available at the Tidemark.