See Popular "Gondoliers" Operetta

(Bradenton, Fla., Oct. 5, 2007) - A musical production of "The Gondoliers," one of Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular operettas, begins at 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2 and 3, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4, in Neel Performing Arts Center, located off 26th Street at 60th Avenue West, MCC Bradenton.

Pursued by all the ladies, gondoliers Marco and Giuseppe are choosing brides in a game with blindfolds when the brothers learn one of them is king of a small island nation, but only an absent foster mother knows which one. The brother who is the king was wed in infancy to Casilda, the beautiful daughter of a Spanish Duke, which also makes the king a bigamist. To complicate matters even more, Casilda is in love with a common servant.

Nevertheless, Casilda and the brothers' Venetian brides, Gianetta and Tessa, are eager to know the identity of the king so one of them can claim the title of queen. Gilbert and Sullivan sort it all out spectacularly well by the end of their twelfth operetta, an international favorite.

Melodie Dickerson is director of the MCC production, which is accompanied by a pit orchestra. Rex Willis is music director. Stephen Swan and Jacob Owens play Giuseppe and Marco. Megan Wintersteen, Danielle Hartmann and Jamie Proctor are Gianetta, Tessa and Casilda. Other cast members are Emma Mendoza, Dylan Jones, Michael Ridgewell, John Short, Kay Clark, Natalie Dumbaugh, Christal Cashmore, Emmanuel Vickers, Brian J. Boytek, David Pavekevich, Rusty Howe and Jenna Shreck. Chorus members are Miranda Brower, Beth Bowling, Maria Canterbury, Eva Lawson, Marina Kaminskiy, Brandon Giorlando, Lawrence Kulchar, Opal Swain and Laurie Young.

General admission is $12. Tickets are $6 for Florida students and MCC staff. For more information, call (941) 752-5252.

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