CERRITOS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
April 30 and May 1, 2010
Gilbert and Sullivan continue to withstand the test of time. Sullivan’s witty wordplay and Gilbert’s inventive melodies continue to delight across the decades. Coming soon to the sublime Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA), the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players will present H.M.S. Pinafore in a production that has brought kudos from no less than The New York Times. The troupe rose from humble beginnings (block parties and the back of a truck) and now tours regularly across the continent.
The comic opera (also known as The Lass that Loved A Sailor) opened in London in 1878 to acclaim. The story involves the lowly sailor Ralph and the captain’s lovelorn daughter, Josephine, who are kept apart by their social status. Themes of class inequality, overbearing nationalism and incompetent authorities are proven rather timeless. Other classic British motifs include concealed identities and bumbling bureaucrats.
Anglophiles and music lovers will not miss this production.
Tickets via (562) 467-8818 or www.cerritoscenter.com