Time was when St. Louis Savoyards could expect an annual Christmas present from Opera Theatre in the form of a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta presented at Washington University’s Edison Theatre. Alas, either the present proved too expensive or the school had other plans for the space. These days we have to be content with the occasional production as part of the regular season by Opera Theatre or one of our other local opera companies.
I have a friend who says he loves directing Shakespeare because it’s so easy to do. Just don’t get in the playwright’s way and you can’t lose. I think the same could be said of the better Gilbert and Sullivan operettas as well. Don’t mess with G&S and you’re golden.
Arriving early for the pre-show discussion of the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players production of The Mikado at the Touhill March 11, I observed first hand the infectious enthusiasm of the company founder, artistic director and general manager, Albert Bergeret, who also serves this production as conductor, co-director, and designer.