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Life in the Orchestra Pit!

April 19th, 2008 · No Comments

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I’ve spent the last week in the orchestra pit of the Carolina Theatre in Durham, playing for the Durham Savoyards production of Yeomen of the Guard.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Gilbert and Sullivan, they collaborated on fourteen comic operas between 1871 and 1896, with W. S. Gilbert creating the words and Arthur Sullivan writing the music. Each of their operas is full of beautiful music, witty lyrics, and hopelessly silly situations. Even today, over 100 years after they were written, Gilbert and Sullivan’s operas are still performed widely, and they’re still very, very funny!

In my experience playing for several Gilbert and Sullivan shows, they grow funnier with each viewing…and this show is no exception. Usually after a week of playing the same 3-hour show each night, I start to pick up a book and read during my rests. But with this and the other G&S shows I’ve done, it’s much more fun to sit and listen. Some new bit of humor always comes out, and it’s also interesting to hear what this evening’s audience laughs at. On Thursday, people roared with laughter at certain lines that the Friday crowd did not, and vice versa.

If you’re in the Triangle area of North Carolina and you’d like to see The Yeomen of the Guard, you have two more chances–this evening (Saturday) at 8pm, or Sunday at 2pm. Both performances are at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, NC. If you can’t make the performances, check out The Gilbert and Sullivan Archive to learn a ton of information about Gilbert, Sullivan, and their wonderful comic operas!

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