The Durham Savoyards Ltd. are proud to announce the historic world premiere of Gilbert & Sullivan’s lost (and restored) first operetta, Thespis (or the Gods Grown Old) — with new music and orchestration by Alan Riley Jones. Sharing the evening is Gilbert & Sullivan’s hilarious second work, the one-act operetta, Trial by Jury.
Thespis was Gilbert & Sullivan’s first collaboration, and most of Sullivan’s score was consumed in a fire — but Gilbert’s libretto remained intact. The Durham Savoyard’s long-time Music Director, Alan Riley Jones, has set Thespis to music once again, orchestrating and blending seamlessly with the remaining Sullivan pieces in Thespis.
Thespis takes place on Mount Olympus, where the gods of mythology have grown old and out of date. A picnicking traveling theatrical company intrudes, and the leader suggests the gods travel incognito to earth. They can then decide how best to revive their past influence — while the actors take over the divinities’ identities and powers. The results are predictably disastrous – and funny.
Trial by Jury piece pokes fun at the legal system, with a suit brought by a jilted bride against a “roving” groom — and a madcap judge and jury.
An entertainment for all ages, the performances feature full costuming, sets, and orchestra.
• Preview Performance: (General Admission): $15 Thurs @ 8 pm.
• Reserved Seating Performances: $25 on Friday (8pm), Saturday (7pm) and Sunday Matinee (3pm)
• Tickets and information available at www.durhamsavoyards.org.
• For questions: call (984) 244-0668
• For group sales: contact Cathy Lambe at email@example.com or 919-383-4156
Book and Lyrics: William S. Gilbert
Music and Orchestration: Alan Riley Jones and Sir Arthur Sullivan
Stage Direction and Choreography: Derrick Ivey
Musical Direction: Alan Riley Jones (Thespis) and Jackson Cooper (Trial by Jury)