Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company celebrates its 60th anniversry with staging of the "lost opera"
In "Thespis," Gilbert and Sullivan's lighthearted spoof, a troupe of actors make their way to Mount Olympus.
At the Opera
The Gilbert & Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island welcomes summer with “Thespis” or “The Gods Grown Old,” the tale of a struggling theater company. The production, a laugh-filled delight for all ages, features the acclaimed 25-piece Gilbert & Sullivan Light Opera Orchestra. The first collaboration between the legendary W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, “Thespis” is known as the world’s most famous “lost opera,” since Sullivan’s score was lost after the show’s successful run in 1871-1872. Now Grammy-winning producer and composer Thomas Z. Shepard has written his ‘re-creation’ in Gilbert & Sullivan’s catchy, tuneful style.
Saturday, June 28, 8 p.m.; Sunday, June 29, 2 p.m. $30, $25 students/seniors. Jeanne Rimsky Theater at Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington; Hofstra University, Student Center Theater, North Campus, Hempstead. Visit www.gilbertandsullivanli.com for tickets and information or purchase at the door.
The Tony Award-winning comedy “Clybourne Park” comes to the Nassau Community College stage, presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance. Bruce Norris’s sharp-witted, satirically funny look at American uneasiness examines the lives in one house through 50 years of societal changes. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a local home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.
Thursday through Saturday, June 26-28, 8 p.m.; Sunday, June 29, 3 p.m. $9, $7 seniors. Nassau Community College’s Mainstage Theatre, Garden City. (516) 572-7676.