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NY Gilbert & Sullivan Players Announce 'G&S Fest 2008'

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America's foremost Gilbert & Sullivan repertory ensemble, the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, is proud to announce its new "G&S Fest 2008," a festival of Gilbert & Sullivan productions featuring an unprecedented number of shows in one season slated January 4-13th and June 6-15th on the great stage of New York's historic City Center (West 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues). Under the artistic and music direction of Albert Bergeret, the company has presented over 2,600 performances throughout the United States, Canada, and England.  Incorporating a 25-piece orchestra, the productions feature contemporary energy while retaining a traditional respect for each of the G & S masterpieces.  New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players is considered by many to be the nation's "leading custodian of the G & S classics."

G & S Fest 2008 is the product of many years and many people.  "We could not do this without the collective experience of the Company's many talented artists and the support of our local patrons, both as ticket buyers and financial contributors" said Mr. Bergeret.

G&S Fest 2008 will kick off with its winter selections on January 4th with Princess Ida followed by The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and a one night only evening of Trial By Jury plus a revue - G & S à la Carte!. The NYGASP productions are performed under the baton of Albert Bergeret, who also serves as stage director.  A sampling of the season's casting includes NYGASP veteran actors in the following roles: The Pirates of Penzance --- Stephen Quint as Major General Stanley, David Wannen as The Pirate King, Colm Fitzmaurice as Frederic, Keith Jurosko as The Sergeant of Police,    Laurelyn Watson Chase as Mabel and Angela Smith as Ruth; Princess Ida -- Keith Jurosko as King Hildebrand, Colm Fitzmaurice as Prince Hilarion,  Patrick Hogan as Cyril, Stephen Quint as King Gama, Kimilee Bryant as Princess Ida, Dianna Dollman as Lady Blanche, Shana Farr as Lady Psyche and Melissa Attebury as Melissa; Trial by Jury --- Stephen Quint as The Learned Judge, Richard Holmes as the Counsel, Patrick Hogan as The Defendant, David Wannen as The Usher and Laurelyn Watson Chase as The Plaintiff. (All casting subject to change.)

The NYGASP productions will have costumes designed by Gail J. Wofford; lights designed by Sally Small, and scenery by Mr. Bergeret.

Audiences of all ages will enjoy the NYGASP Family Overture series of entertaining and informative pre-show musical introductions and plot summaries. Hosted by Artistic Director Albert Bergeret, these interactive and fun-filled presentations are offered on  Jan.5th at 12:45 for Pirates; Jan. 6th at 1:45 for Ida; Jan 12th at 12:45 for Mikado; June 7th at 12:45 for Pirates; June 8th at 1:45 for Pinafore; June 14th at 12:45 for Mikado and  June 15th  at 1:45 for Gondoliers. Your matinee admission is your ticket to Family Overture!

Performances January 4 through 13th include: Princess Ida – Fri. Jan. 4th  – 8PM, Sun. Jan. 6th  – 3PM, Sat. Jan. 12 – 8PM; The Pirates of Penzance – Sat. Jan. 5th – 2 & 8PM, Tues. Jan. 8th  – 7PM, Fri. Jan 11th – 8PM; Sun. Jan. 13th  – 3PM: Trial by Jury plus G&S A La Carte (Revue) – Thurs. Jan. 10th -8PM; The Mikado, Sat. Jan. 12th – 2PM.

 

Summer performances June 6-15th feature: H.M.S. Pinafore – Fri. June. 6th  – 8PM, Sun. June. 8th  – 3PM, Tues. June 10th -7PM, Wed, June 11th -2PM; The Pirates of Penzance – Sat. June 7th -2PM, Fri. June 13th -8PM; The Mikado - Sat. June 7th - 8PM, Sat. June 14th 2PM;  The Gondoliers – Thurs. June 12th – 8PM, Sat. June 14th – 8PM, Sun. June 15th – 3PM.

 

Tickets range in price from $96 to $40.  (Children 12 or under: half price when accompanied by an adult, 10% Senior discount on $80, $60 and $40 seats) . More information and tickets can be obtained through the City Center box office and by phoning CityTix (212) 581-1212 or log on to www.nycitycenter.org.


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