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Gondoliers row to Surrey stage

Fraser Valley Gilbert & Sullivan's latest musical opens May 11.
The light opera The Gondoliers runs at the Surrey Arts Centre May 11-21.

In its 29th season, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society takes audiences on a journey to the romantic Kingdom of Barataria.

A royal wedding is taking place and one of two brothers, is the groom.Unfortunately a mix up occurred when they were babies and nobody knows which one is the King.

How will this mystery be solved?

Fraser Valley Gilbert & Sullivan Society presents The Gondoliers, its latest classic light opera, beginning May 11 at the Surrey Arts Centre.

The Gondoliers pokes good-natured fun at businesses, politics, love triangles, and people of different social classes. Sir W.S. Gilbert’s witty humour and Sir Arthur Sullivan’s melodic talents are showcased in songs such as “In Enterprise of Martial Kind”, “There was a Time”, “Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes”, “Dance a Cachucha”, “There lived a King”, “In a Contemplative Fashion” and “On the Day that I was Wedded.”

Artistic director Christina Wells Campbell, music director Vashti Fairbairn, choreographer Carol Seitz, and producer Reginald Pillay have put together a cast that includes Roger Hussen as The Duke of Plaza-Toro, Reginald Pillay as Luiz, Robert Newcombe as Don Alhambra Del Bolero, Russell Robson as Marco, Dann Wilhelm as Giuseppe, Clive Ramroop as Giorgio, Croy Jenkins as Annibale, Jacqollyne Keath as The Duchess of Plaza-Toro, Laura Luongo as Casilda, Tamara Wilhelm as Gianetta, Katie Collins as Tessa, Jackie Block as Vittoria, Samantha Andrews as Giulia, and Mila Yee-Hafer as Inez.

The Surrey Arts Centre Studio Theatre (88 Avenue and King George Highway) will be transformed into Venice and Barataria from May 11 to 21. Evening performances are Wednesdays to Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., with matinees May 14, 15 and 21 at 2:30 p.m.

The Surrey Arts Centre Box Office is open every day from noon to 5:00 pm and Thursdays until 7:00 pm. Tickets are available at 604-501-5566 or online at

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