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05 October 2006 @ 10:11 pm
Highlights from Operettas  
Tonight I was to meet my father at eight o'clock to watch the Lyric Theatre's latest production, "Trial by Jury / Highlights from Operettas". Opera-lite, in other words. It was at the Mayor Theatre on Santa Clara University's campus.

First of all, I don't know that area well at all.
Second of all, I have no maps of that area.
Third of all, Google Maps sucks at directions. I don't know why I let people take me away from Mapquest when it serviced me so well over the years.
Obviously, I got lost.

I drove around for half an hour trying to find 500 El Camino Real, but as it turns out that is the entire Santa Clara University campus number. SO that search was a complete wash. But once I'd figured that out (it was already 8:15 at that point) I was so frustrated that I just parked in the first central parking spot I found, in front of Mission Santa Clara. Then I walked around campus searching for the theatre, but finding nothing! I ended up calling my Mom, who looked a campus map up and directed me building by building until I found the theatre. It turns out it was hidden by O'Conner Hall, so I never would have found it on my own.k

So "Trial by Jury?" I can't tell you a thing about it. I got in the door just in time to see the entire cast bow on the television screen suspended from the ceiling above the lobby.

The Operetta highlights were interesting, but looooo-o-o-ooooooong. It was a party mix of songs both popular and unknown; the most interesting to me (for existence's sake, not for content) was a song written by Sullivan (of Gilbert & Sullivan) from the opera Rose of Persia. I'd never heard of it before. Heck, I didn't even know Sullivan did anything of note without Gilbert.
There were also selections from Die Fledermaus, The Merry Widow, Merrie England (Who were the Yeomen, performed at Queen Elizabeth's jubilee celebration), La Perichole and Orpheus in the Underworld. (Fly duet. How else could it end?)
Obscure songs were collected from The Gypsy Baron (a song about killing pigs, strange one), The Enchantress, and Mlle Modiste.
All songs light, all songs bright, not a serious note among them. It was entertaining at first, but it grew tedious because the selections had not been parred down enough. We are a 21st century people, and haven't the patience to sit through 14 songs without a break.