Thomas Nelson Performing Arts will present Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Grand Duke” at the Hampton campus in Templin Hall’s Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium. An operetta that opened in 1896 at London’s Savoy Theatre, it is the world-renowned duo’s final collaboration.
Directed by Torrie Sanders with music conducted by Performing Arts Chair Michael Sundblad, the show takes place weekends July 13 – 22. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday.
Ticket information will be available soon at tncc.edu/performingarts.
The entertaining operetta set in a fictional German principality raises the question: How do you get rid of a miserly, good-for-nothing Grand Duke?
The answer: Why with a Statutory Duel, (by playing a hand of cards, much tidier than blades or pistols) of course.
Unfortunately, that brings out more problems than solutions with the usual dose of Gilbert and Sullivan's topsy-turvy world of misadventures. This time involving no less than four prospective Grand Duchesses, the Prince of Monte Carlo, the invention of the roulette wheel and the entire cast of Troilus and Cressida.
While all will certainly turn out all right in the end, it will take a plethora of plot twists, turns and a flock of supernumeraries to get there.