2010-10-15 / Community

The Yiddish Mikado Comes To Rockaway

Temple Beth-El of Rockaway Park will present the Gilbert and Sullivan Yiddish Light Opera Company on Sunday, October 24 in the temple’s ballroom where they will perform “Der Yiddisher Mikado.”

The comic operetta is based on the classic Gilbert and Sullivan opera, “The Mikado.” However, the Gilbert and Sullivan Yiddish Light Opera Company’s show will feature dialogue in English and song lyrics in Yiddish, combining the original British humor and music with lavish Japanese costumes and scenery. The Victorian sparkle and satire of Gilbert and Sullivan have been magically blended with rhythm and wit into a unique and comically entertaining production.

The origins of the Gilbert and Sullivan Yiddish Light Opera Company date back to 1952, when a Hadassah group in Brooklyn mounted a Yiddish-language version of HMS Pinafore at a local Jewish center. The company purchased the rights to this show and went on to acquire the Yiddish “Mikado.” Over the last 20 years, Gilbert and Sullivan Yiddish Light Opera Company of Long Island has played to sold-out audiences throughout the United States. Internationally, they have performed in Canada and in 1996 were invited to perform in London, England.

The Gilbert and Sullivan Yiddish Light Opera says you don’t have to be Jewish to love their productions, and has been enthusiastically received by non-Jewish groups showing a truly universal appeal. There are asides, twists, coincidences, melodrama, and plenty of humor. Discount tickets are currently available when purchased in advance. For more information contact 718-634-8100 or visit Temple Beth-El at 201 Beach 121 Street.

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