Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You

Sister Mary Ignatius has happily been teaching children about the glories of Catholicism and the perils of sin and hellfire for years at her church. She directly addresses the audience, lecturing its members on her strict beliefs Sister Mary’s lecture takes a dark turn when four of her former pu... read more

Something's Afoot

Something's Afoot is a musical spoof that takes a satirical jab at the Agatha Christie "who dunit?" murder mysteries. Ten people are stranded in an isolated English country estate during a raging thunderstorm. One by one they are killed in mysterious ways as they try to discover the murderer's i... read more

Trial by Jury

Can you sue someone for breaking off an engagement? In Gilbert and Sullivan’s courtroom farce Trial by Jury, it’s a very serious crime The fickle and bigoted defendant, Edwin, has fallen in love with another woman and has jilted the plaintiff, the beautiful Angelina. Unfortunately for Edwin, a... read more

The Yeomen of the Guard

The Yeomen of the Guard, or The Merryman and His Maid is Gilbert and Sullivan’s sparkling comic opera set in Shakespearean times during the reign of King Henry VIII. It is the darkest and most emotionally engaging of the Savoy Operas. The show takes place in the Tower of London where the gentlema... read more

The Better Half

The play is a biting satire about sexual morality. The story revolves around an unhappily married couple, Alice and David. David is about to embark on an affair with Alice's best friend, Marion, but he is an honorable man and refuses to consummate it. David and Marion try to hide the affair fro... read more

The Blue Room

The Blue Room, a modern adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde, depicts a daisy chain of ten sexual encounters between five women and five men, all portrayed by one actor and one actress. The play explores the power struggle and sexual dynamics between characters of different backgrounds.... read more

Hellzapoppin'

Helzapoppin was a hilarious musical revue that was constantly rewritten to focus on current events. With no real plot, the show contained wild sight gags, zany props, audience participation sequences, dirty jokes, and numerous gunshots. read more

Iolanthe

Since its sparkling 1882 premiere at London’s new Savoy Theatre , the fantastical satire Iolanthe has delighted audiences with its clever combination of romance, humor, political satire, and the memorable musical numbers that made Gilbert and Sullivan household names. The titular character Iolan... read more

The Misanthrope

Alceste has become disenchanted with the ways of society. He is tired of the dishonesty and superficial dealings of people in the court of France, and he wants people to speak their mind sincerely. Unfortunately, Alceste is madly in love with a woman who is the personification of everything he de... read more

Moby Dick!

At the start of the show, the headmistress of St. Godley's School announces that due to bankruptcy the school will close at the end of the term. The girls are devastated at hearing the news and vow to raise enough money to save the school. Using whatever they can find at hand, the girls mount an... read more