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San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center
301 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, California 94102
Gilbert & Sullivans subversive political satire on how a government SHOULD be run. Featuring a shepherdess the lords all want to marry, her fiancé who is half man, half fairy, the tour de force «Nightmare Song» and a band of feisty fairies doing battle with a dim-witted Parliament, Iolanthe already promises a lot of fun, only this time we get a little boisterous and you get to sing along! Lamplighter principals will perform the work in its entirety, bringing the orchestra on stage to join the party. With everything included but the scenery, audience participation is encouraged as all are invited to become the chorus and to feel free to sing any and all parts! Costumes are also encouraged (particularly half man, half fairy costumes!) and a brief contest with prizes will take place at intermission. This is the Lamplighters first ever Iolanthe Singalong, and we are indebted to Erin, a three-year-old audience member, for the idea.
«Iolanthe — what's not to love?» — Opera News
"...a hysterical musical tale of politics and scandal" — Contra Costa Times