‘Schoolhouse Opera’

Restored piano leads to new performances

  • Monday, March 24, 2014 11:36am
  • Life
'Schoolhouse Opera'

Readers Theatre Plus and the Peninsula Singers bring Gilbert and Sullivan center stage in July for a series of benefit concerts at the Museum & Arts Center’s historical Dungeness Schoolhouse, 2781 Towne Road in Sequim.


Under the helm of music director Dewey Ehling and stage manager Carol Swarbrick Dries, with piano accompaniment by Pat Marcy, a cast of 18 performs Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera “Yeomen of the Guard” at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, July 6-7 and July 13-14, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 8 and July 15.

Tickets are $15 per person, or two for $25 if purchased in advance at Pacific Mist Books, 121 W. Washington St. in Sequim, or Odyssey Bookshop, 114 W. Front St. in Port Angeles.


This first summer production of "Yeomen" is also the public debut of the MAC’s fully refurbished Chickering-built 1929 Brewster Grand piano. The piano restoration, spearheaded by Dungeness Schoolhouse Volunteer Committee member Anne Wells and former schoolhouse manager John Majors, was funded by an $11,000 grant from the Mary P. Dolciani Halloran Foundation and completed by Paul M. Creech Pianos of Sequim in mid-June. 


Proceeds from “Yeomen of the Guard” benefit Readers Theatre Plus, Peninsula Singers, and the MAC. Readers Theatre Plus also will conduct a silent auction, the theatrical troupe’s primary annual fundraiser, in conjunction with the production.


For more information about the benefit concert, visit the MAC website at www.macsequim.org.



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