Blogging had lesser priority this weekend, as instead I chose to perch at great heights above a Manhattan theater stage and manhandle sets with the Blue Hill Troupe. A close friend and troupe member invited me to help with moving in and I was delighted to accept. I took the train into the city and had a marvelous time with some very talented folks creating a glorious setting for the spring production of Gilbert & Sullivan's Yeoman of the Guard and the whole family will attend the April 14th matinee.
This amateur acting company specializes in Gilbert and Sullivan and has produced all 13 G&S operettas at least three times during its history, as well as Broadway shows and original compositions by Troupe members.
"The Blue Hill Troupe brings high-quality theater performances to New York City audiences while raising money for New York City charities. The Troupe has raised nearly three million dollars since its founding in 1924.
Hailing from all walks of life and spanning several generations, Troupers donate their time and energy to produce two full theatrical productions a year: a Broadway musical or light opera each fall and a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta each spring.
Although we do boast a number of professional theater people in our ranks, most Troupers make a living in other professions, Troupers sing and act, design and build sets, create costumes and props, wire lighting and sound systems, edit and produce the program, sell tickets and usher — in short, perform all the jobs required to put on a first-rate show—in their spare time and for the love of it. The quality of the performances we put on is testimony to the dedication and effort we are capable of as a group."
It was an honor to be a part of setting up for this show with this fine company, and I greatly look forward to seeing the show less than two weeks from now. If you are within driving distance of NYC, you might well wish to do the same. Tickets available here.