From left: Amy Wallis, Kyle Blair, Sean Arbuckle
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The Art of Reinvention
As told to David Prosser by director Ethan McSweeny

This is my first foray into Gilbert and Sullivan, and I am honoured and humbled to be cutting my teeth here in Stratford, where there is such an illustrious Savoyard tradition. In attempting to turn my inexperience to some advantage, I approached the script with what might ironically be the radical presumption that W.S. Gilbert is in fact a very, very funny writer all on his own - and Sullivan every bit his equal musically - and that we don't need to embellish them so much as uncover and exploit what is already present in both the text and score.

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“Oh, Rapture Unexampled!”
Program notes by Bob Hetherington

If you are like me, you go into a Gilbert and Sullivan production humming the tunes. The thirteen Savoy operas these talented Victorians produced were some of the most popular entertainments of their day. The appeals of Gilbert and Sullivan would seem to be both universal and timeless.

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