Come see a dazzling production of Gilbert & Sullivan's rarely performed operetta "Utopia, Ltd.," featuring a live 5-piece band, elaborate sets, gorgeous costumes and large talented cast. "Utopia Ltd." pokes fun at our politicians, financial institutions, judicial system, and self import, reminding us, even after 120 years, how little some things have actually changed!
The plot: King Paramount of the south seas island of Utopia decides that his people should adopt all English customs and institutions, but he goes a bit overboard and decrees that the kingdom and each of its inhabitants should become a "company limited" based on the English "companies act" of 1862. The king's daughter, Princess Zara, brings six "flowers of progress" from England to train the Utopian people in "English" customs. But the reforms are too successful, which upsets the judges of the Utopian Supreme Court, the "Public Exploder" and ultimately the entire populace, which revolts against them. Zara realises that an essential element has been forgotten, namely "government by party." Introduce that element, and the result would be "general and unexampled prosperity!"
Performances are Fridays & Saturdays - 8:00 pm; Sundays - 2:00 pm; and Thursdays March 22 & 29 - 8:00 pm. Champagne Gala opening night on March 9, 2012, 8:00 pm (adults-$30, seniors/students-$25).