Up for a rollicking night at the theatre? Love a bright show with a fun story, mystery, romance and most of all, beautiful songs and lovely dances?
Well, you should treat yourself to GSOV's upcoming production of The Gondoliers, a sure fire hit (proven from companies worldwide), that features a live 25 piece orchestra bound to brighten up your autumn with it's clever wit and charismatic characters.
Detailing the story of two gondolier brothers, Marco and Guiseppe, who find out that one of them might very well be the true King of Barataria (but no one knows for sure, except their former nursemaid turned brigand's wife, Inez); the two gents and all their mates travel to the sunny isle of Barataria to rule jointly until the true king is revealed.
However, they have recently married a couple of gorgeous contadine (peasant) girls who are unfortunately barred from coming along and horror! it turns out that whomever is revealed to actually be the king was married in infancy to a Spanish princess (who is also in love with someone else).
It's all a bit topsy-turvy in the romance department, but like just about every G&S show, there will be a happy ending as fortunes can turn on a song.
Erin Towns and Kristen Ryan as lively and lovely contadine
Directed by Adrian Glaubert with choreography provided by Sarah Cossey and musical direction from Timothy John Wilson, the creative team behind the critically well received Contrabandista -Cavalleria Rusticana in 2015 have decided to showcase one of the most beloved of Gilbert & Sullivan's shows at the Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre in Preston.
Tickets are very reasonably priced at $39 for adults ($33 concession) with group discounts at $33 per person with over 10 people. There is also a special bonus for parents just for the Saturday matinee - a FREE ticket for their child (2 - 16 years) when accompanied by a full adult ticket.
Early word is that this could very well be one of GSOV's most popular shows in recent years.
The organization has been entertaining Melbournians (and Victorians too as the company often do regional performances) for well over 8 decades. It's a pretty great track record for any arts organisation, coupled with a strong aim to foster the talents of many a musical theatre and opera star of the future.
The Gondoliers season opens next Thursday, 21 April 2016 at the Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre, corner Bell St & St Georges Rd, Preston.