Canyon Crest Academy presents ‘A Gallery of Gilbert and Sullivan’ Feb. 28-March 1

On Feb. 28 and March 1, CCA’s Vocal Conservatory will present an “Annual Spring Frolic” — three scenes from Gilbert and Sullivan’s work: The Gondoliers, The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance, which are set at a late 19th century British girl’s school.

Kellie Evans O’Connor, who developed and directed this production at San Diego State University, says that “Gilbert and Sullivan is very accessible, both musically and artistically. The fun of creating a show using various scenes is that you can design it to fit the folks you have and their abilities. They also get exposure to different shows, and at the same time, you have an over-arching storyline — not just doing scenes out of context.

“The production of Dido and Aeneas, a one-act opera, which I directed at CCA last year, was the perfect entrée for this age group. That went well and Anne Whattoff, Envision Vocal music coordinator at CCA, invited me back. I am excited to be working within the high school setting. I discovered opera in the 12th grade – the marriage of singing and theater suddenly became intoxicating for me – and I am excited to be sharing this love with this age group.”

Assisting Evans O’Connor is Kayla Gautereaux, a founding class member of the Envision Vocal Conservatory at CCA, who is currently an undergraduate in the Vocal Arts Department at SDSU.

Local families are invited to attend “A Gallery of Gilbert and Sullivan” at Canyon Crest’s Proscenium Theater on Thursday, Feb. 28, and Friday, March 1, at 7 p.m.

Tickets available at the door, or may be purchased in advance at ($6 for students, $15 for adults).

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