Yeomen of the Guard

Only five performances remain for this Gilbert & Sullivan musical and comedic treasure, brought to us by our own Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin in a volunteer and amateur effort that’s completely professional.

There really are no bad seats at the Travis High School performing arts center. The 15-piece orchestra is a delight. Seven of the instruments are strings, and violins were never played to greater effect. The set’s a simple one, shown off to great effect by excellent lighting.

I’ve seen this comic opera performed three times, now, and I think that this is the very best version. The Yeomen of the Guard is unusual among G&S works in that only “I have a song to sing, O!” stays on the mental jukebox after the show, but there is a bounty of beautiful music beautifully performed, both instrumental and vocal. The singing is a treat, whether solo, duet, or any number of combinations of voices as ensemble. All roles are perfectly cast.

The performance that we attended was yesterday’s matinee for children. I was sorry that we arrived too late to see the juggling lesson. There are refreshments and souvenirs available in the lobby outside the auditorium.

Captioning is provided for all shows. Tickets at the door are $25 for adults, $20 for students over 18 with school i.d., and $8 for those under 18; tickets are available at a reduced price when purchased in advance, either on line or by calling 1-800-494-TIXS.

There’s a little less of the customary rollicking element and there’s a higher quotient of wistfulness, but you will laugh. This show will lift your spirits and brighten your day.

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