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The Yeomen of the Guard, the most acclaimed Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, will be presented in Deep River on Oct. 19 and 20 with a cast of 37. Since many shoreline residents found it inconvenient to come to Middletown, this year the Connecticut Gilbert and Sullivan Society is moving south, with productions on the modern stage of Valley Regional High School, 256 Kelsey Hill Road, at 7 p.m. on Saturday and a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Often praised as Sullivan's finest score, Yeomen is also the most dramatic work of this famous theatrical pair. Laid at the venerable Tower of London in Tudor England, friends in the colorful Tower Guard plot to free a war hero, unjustly sentenced to death. Comic complications abound involving an itinerant jester and his companion, an inept jailer, and a man-hungry housekeeper.
Yeomen is directed by Bob Cumming of East Haddam, with musical direction by Dr. John Dreslin of Stonington. Ticket information may be found on the CG&SS website, ctgands.org, or by calling 1-800-866-1606.
Tim Throckmorton of Middle Haddam stars as the accused Colonel Fairfax, Dave Henderson of Middletown is the Jester, Jack Point, and Renée Haines of Southington is his merry maid. Actors from shoreline area towns include Kim Stoner of New Haven and Denise Shultzman of Groton who share the role of Dame Carruthers, Don Shirer of Westbrook as Sergeant Meryll, and Hartley Horn of Lyme as Leonard Meryll. Also in the cast from Shoreline towns are Bonnie-Jean Connal and Samuel Connal Webster of Branford, Tom Shultzman of Groton, Bill Sorensen of Guilford, Tom Speer of Madison, Kay Pere of Mystic, Stefano Saykaly of North Haven, and Garry and Valerie Jacobsen of Old Saybrook.
The Connecticut Gilbert and Sullivan Society has been presenting the comic operettas of Sir William Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan since 1981 with a full professional orchestra, professional-caliber singers, plus costumes and sets appropriate to the period. More information on the show, including a plot summary, the libretto and a sample of the music can be found on their website, ctgands.org.