Valley Light Opera

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In a Nutshell

Darkly comic Gilbert and Sullivan opera about a colonel imprisoned for sorcery and the twists that allow him to escape his fate

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Nov 7, 2014. Limit 4 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem on 11/7 for a ticket at venue box office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Academy of Music. Refundable only on day of purchase. Discount reflects Valley Light Opera's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $10 for one ticket to see Valley Light Opera’s fall production of The Yeomen of the Guard by W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan (up to $20 value)
  • When: Friday, November 7, at 8 p.m.
  • Where: Academy of Music, Northampton
  • General admission
  • Door time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Ticket values include all fees

The value of this deal is based on regular ticket prices and doesn’t reflect student or senior discounts.

The Yeomen of the Guard

The eleventh collaboration between operatic aces Gilbert and Sullivan, The Yeomen of the Guard, or The Merryman and His Maid, is one of the darker of the duo’s darker works. The curtain rises after young Colonel Fairfax is sentenced to death for sorcery—a scheme, he surmises, that was hatched by his greedy cousin. But he, a sergeant, and the sergeant’s daughter and son, have a plan. If the colonel marries before his execution, his estate goes to his wife rather than his cousin. Through misdirection and mistaken identity, the colonel marries, then escapes, drawing a jester and his maid into a maze of plot twists and puns. But when all the dust settles, not everyone ends up happy.

Valley Light Opera

The founders of Valley Light Opera had one goal when they first lifted their curtain in 1975: to celebrate the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan. Why? They were smitten with the pair’s witty wordplay and music, and saw how these have influenced modern Broadway musicals. In the years since that first production—H.M.S. Pinafore—the company has produced all 14 works in the G&S canon, from The Mikado to The Pirates of Penzance.

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