to GSOV Season 2017 It is with great pleasure that I announce Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Victoria’s 2017 Season and hope that you can join us for this exciting adventure. We have had enormous fun and success with our 2016 productions (The Gondoliers, Chu Chin Chow, and the Gilbert & Sullivan Gala Spectacular) and cannot wait to get started on the upcoming season. From the high seas of Penzance to the courts of London, there is sure to be a production to suit everyone, from committed Gilbert and Sullivan fanatics, to G&S newbies!
“From the high seas of Penzance to the courts of London, there is sure to be a production to suit everyone”
While we have a boutique production of 'The Novello Years' in The Dandenong Ranges in February, we open the main stage year with ‘Iolanthe’ in May, where sweet yet mischievous fairies will undoubtedly cause trouble in the mortal realm. This is followed by ‘A Song to Sing O!’ in July, which will be a rare treat for G&S enthusiasts. Our season will conclude with the swashbuckling and ever popular ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ in late October. Whilst we are able to put on some incredibly professional productions, utilising large casts, costumes, and full orchestras; we need YOUR help in order for us to continue the calibre of shows presented and keep the G&S tradition enduring for another 80 years. It is with great excitement that I announce and launch the 2017 Subscription Packages which have been designed and created to ensure that YOU get the best deals, experience the best opportunities and involve yourself in one of the best light opera companies in Australia. I look forward to welcoming you all to the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria. There is a Subscription Package to suit everyone, and I may add that a Subscription would make a rather wonderful gift! I thank you for all your support in 2016, and look forward to a wonderful 2017 ahead!
Adrian Glaubert Adrian Glaubert President
A spellbinding musical fantasy, Iolanthe is Gilbert & Sullivan at their sublime and satirical best, don’t miss this fable of fairies versus mortals. Beloved and beautiful, immortal Iolanthe has broken one of her fairy kingdom’s biggest rules – she fell in love with a human and was banished for marrying a mortal. Now twenty-five years later, these two worlds will collide as her son, Strephon (half fairy from the waist up, and mortal from the waist down), has rapturous plans to wed pretty Phyllis, a sweet voiced shepherdess and ward of the Lord Chancellor. Unfortunately, Strephon has a lot of competition from just about every peer in the House of Lords, including the Lord Chancellor himself! With class complications, mistaken identities, and not a little bit of supernatural shenanigans, will true love be enough to win out when party political lines are drawn? “The conflict of fairies, mortals, love, law, and politics is a brilliant comedy with what would have originally been a biting edge of satire. If you have never seen a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, this is an excellent start – you would be hard put to better it.” The Reviews Hub “Iolanthe with its magic effects, fairies and occasionally lullaby or nursery song-like tunes, may be amongst the best introductions of opera to children.” Bachtrack
5th - 7th May 2017 With the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria Orchestra 4 Performances Running time approx 2hrs 30mins Friday 5th May 8:00pm Saturday 6th May 2:00pm Saturday 6th May 8:00pm Sunday 7th May 3:00pm
Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre Cnr Bell Street & St Georges Road, Preston VIC 3072 Box Office: (03) 8470 8282 Tickets Adult: $39 Concession: $33 Student: $25 Child (Under 16): $20 Group 10+ $32 Matinee: One free child when accompanied by full price adult.
A Song to Sing O!
A Song to Sing O! returns to the stage with one of Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria’s most versatile and acclaimed performers, evergreen entertainer, Ron Pidcock, leading an accomplished cast under director, Robert Ray. Written by Melvyn Morrow (Dusty) employing lyrics from WS Gilbert, the music of Arthur Sullivan with additional songs by its talented subject, George Grossmith; this musical play about one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most celebrated patter men takes place in his dressing room ahead of his last appearance with the D’Oyly Carte company. With a promising solo career beckoning, Grossmith cleverly weaves insights and gossip amongst performances of some of the most well-known pieces from the G&S canon. A light-hearted biographical piece, this is a delightful insider peek into the renowned musical theatre team and a must-see for any fan of light opera. “A blissful marriage of witty dialogue with some of the most enduringly popular music and lyrics ever written” Melbourne Herald Sun
8th - 16th July 2017 5 Performances Running time approx 2hrs Saturday 8th July 8:00pm Sunday 9th July 3:00pm Friday 14th July 8:00pm Saturday 15th July 3:00pm Sunday 16th July 3:00pm Phoenix Theatre 101 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick VIC 3185 Tickets Adult: $35 Concession: $29 Student: $21 Child (Under 16): $16 Group 10+ $28
“As a source of innocent merriment, this is one to put on your little list.” Sydney Morning Herald
Relax and revel this summer with our boutique production featuring the glorious music of Ivor Novello. Playwright, composer and popular matinee idol actor, Novello had a remarkable career spanning close to forty years. His first big success, “Keep the Home Fires Burning” cheered Britain ahead of the First World War. “We’ll Gather Lilacs (in the Spring Again)” a wartime waltz, was written for troops in the Second World War. GSOV Director Robert Ray revives a showcase of songs from the golden era of the British stage musical. Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne as you wander an elegant English garden in Melbourne’s leafy Dandenong Ranges.
We’ll Gather Lilacs:
The Novello Years
Performances 25th - 26th February 3:00pm; 4th - 5th March 3:00pm Tickets Adult: $30 Concession/Student: $25 “The Knowe” 4 Clarkmont Road, Sassafras
The Pirates of Penzance
Adventure on the high seas! Set sail for one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most popular hits, the irrepressible, irresponsible, but irresistible Pirates of Penzance! Arguably one of the world’s most adored and applauded operettas, this madcap melee of maidens fair and feisty, pirates rum-filled and rumbustious, police crafty but cowardly and a sweetheart who’s a slave to duty, showcases Gilbert & Sullivan at their best and brightest - a consistent fan favourite for music-lovers worldwide. Director Adrian Glaubert with Choreographer Sarah Cossey, part of the creative team behind 2016's blockbuster, The Gondoliers, are back with a brand new vision for the swaggering, satirical and sea-faring musical comedy, joined by MD Trevor Henley. GSOV is also pleased to announce an exciting partnership with the acclaimed Lehenda Ukrainian Dance Company, so expect nothing short of dance defying stunts, swordplay and sensational singing. Don’t miss this show! “PIRATES is a REAL musical comedy with emphasis on music AND comedy.” Australian Stage “It’s hard to imagine a more ideal summer entertainment than an exhilarating production of “The Pirates of Penzance” swashbuckling across the stage” New York Times
26th - 29th Oct 2017 With the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria Orchestra 5 Performances Running time approx 2hrs 30mins Thursday 26th October 8:00pm Friday 27th October 8:00pm Saturday 28th October 2:00pm Saturday 28th October 8:00pm Sunday 29th October 3:00pm Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre Cnr Bell Street & St Georges Road, Preston VIC 3072 Box Office: (03) 8470 8282 Tickets Adult: $39 Concession: $33 Student: $25 Child (Under 16): $20 Group 10+ $32 Matinee: One free child when accompanied by full price adult.
Subscription Packages We're excited to introduce our GSOV Season 2017 Subscription Packages, they represent the best value for money, saving you over 33% with tickets to all 4 shows. GSOV recieves no public funding, so Subscriptions are an essential part in helping to keep our organisation operating.
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Add a little drama into the life of someone special with a subscription to our delightful season. Visit www.gsov.org.au/subscribe to find out more or contact our Ticket Secretary on 0490 465 009.
GSOV Black Subscribers Priority Subscriber seating to: • Iolanthe • A Song to Sing O! • The Pirates of Penzance • BONUS Ticket to The Novello Years *
GSOV Silver Subscribers All the benefits of Black Subscription PLUS: + All Show Programs + A Show T-shirt of your choice * + A Show CD or DVD of your choice * + A Gilbert & Sullivan Mug
GSOV Gold Subscribers All the benefits of Black & Silver Subscription PLUS: + TanTanTara Quarterly Insider Magazine + Invitations to Preshow Talks + Invitations to Society Events + Invitations to Opening Night Drinks
Subscribe & Save Over 33% PLUS enjoy these Subscriber Benefits: + Best seat in the house with Priority Seating^ + Save with no Season Ticket Booking Fees + Benefits of Ticket Swap via the Ticketing Secretary* + Donate your Ticket to Receive a Tax Deduction# + 10% Off all Shop items at www.gsov.org.au + Discounted Tickets for your Family & Friends (Limit of 3 tickets per show)
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GSOV is the performing arm of The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Victoria which has been delighting audiences with its productions for over 80 years. One of the longest running theatrical organisations in Australia, it has been hailed as one of our country’s leading light opera companies. GSOV performs not only in Melbourne and regional Victoria, but has also won awards on the international stage at the premier Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in the United Kingdom.
Support GSOV We are currently broadening our reach through a revitalisation program to further engage audiences, performers, volunteers and the community. A lot of work goes into creating our shows, which simply would not be possible without our dedicated team of volunteers. We welcome you to get involved and join in this rewarding theatrical experience, whether it be in the spotlight, behind the scenes as part of our crew or through sponsorships. There are opportunities to learn and contribute to direction, production, costume, set construction, front of house, promotions, marketing, fundraising and community outreach.
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GSOV's 2017 season brochure plus subscriber benefits.