Thespis

Spring 2004

Gilbert & Sullivan

The Gods on Mount Olympus are old and tired, so decide to take a vacation to earth while a group of traveling actors take their place. (Most of the music for this opera has been lost, so it is played today only in reconstructions using either other Sullivan music, or original music.) (Summary taken from the Gilbert and Sullivan archive.)


Come see how topsy-turvy the world can be when a troupe of actors takes over while the Gods are on vacation!

 

Librettist: William S. Gilbert
Composers: Arthur Sullivan and Colin Johnson
Stage Director: David C. Jedlinsky '89
Orchestrator and Music Director: Todd Neal
Producers: Garry Zacheiss '00 and Ruth Jedlinsky W'90

 

Cast, Orchestra, and Crew


Show Program (PDF)


Photos by Harriet Fell

 

In Thespis, the gods on Mount Olympus have grown old and tired, so they decide to take a vacation to Earth while a group of traveling actors take their place.

Thespis was the first collaboration by Gilbert and Sullivan. Because most of its original music has been lost, it has very rarely been presented since its original production in 1871.

This version of Thespis will consist of two existing Sullivan tunes, "Climbing Over Rocky Mountain" and "Little Maid of Arcadee." All other music has been specially composed for this show by Colin Johnson and orchestrated by Todd Neal, and MITG&SP are pleased to be presenting the world premiere of this new work.

Performances

La Sala de Puerto Rico

  • April 9, 2004, 8 p.m.
  • April 10, 2004, 2 p.m.
  • April 10, 2004, 8 p.m.
  • April 15, 2004, 8 p.m.
  • April 16, 2004, 8 p.m.
  • April 17, 2004, 8 p.m.
  • April 18, 2004, 2 p.m.