Friday, November 30, 2007

Trial by Jury Supersized!

This evening I went to see Chris (and Dave Court) in the Grosvenor Light Opera Company's production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Trial by Jury. It's actually billed as Trial by Jury Supersized! because the original 30 minute one-acter has been fleshed out to a 25-song two-acter with 8 songs from other musicals, plus an enlarged comic role "Constable Chris" drawing on the twin strands of Keystone Cops and Gea-tchy Movement Theory.

Counsel (Sarah Olney) presenting evidence that Constable Chris does smile sometime.

The additional songs did not always sit comfortably with the G&S patter, but I guess the aim was to make the short story meatier and expand the roles of the large cast (court officials, litigants and jury).

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