Our first outing for the Fringe was Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial By Jury at Source theater. If you have the slightest familiarity with Gilbert and Sullivan I highly recommend you get out to see their last performance tonight at 5p. The cast is a little over a dozen singers who range from 12 to 25 and the absolute worst of them is good. Their best is simply phenomenal. I’ll try to edit this later to put in the names that I noted but I forgot my program when I left for the office.
The only complaint I had about the show was nobody’s fault but the venue. The piano accompaniment was superb, but seated less than 10 feet from it as we were it could at times overpower the singers. If you go I suggest that you either sit down on the long bleachers in the front as close to the entrance as you can on on the shorter bleachers closest immediately to your right. The ones farthest from the entrance are closest to the piano.
If you’re at all put off by title’s mention of “followed by a Gilbert and Sullivan Sing-Along,” don’t be. The nominally sing-along portion are pieces from the MIkado, Pirates of Penzance, and HMS Pinafore and the sections the audience are called upon to participate in are simply a few chorus sentences from the ensemble. You can sit and enjoy the excellent singers without ever saying a word and nobody will ever say boo.
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