‘Iolanthe’ opens at Light Opera Works

Rich Foreman photo for Light Opera WorksEvanston’s Light Opera Works company performs Gilbert and Sullivan’s "Iolanthe" tonight through Sunday, Aug. 24, at Cahn Auditorium on the Northwestern University campus.

Jessye Wright stars in the title role in the operetta in which a group of rowdy fairies meddle with the British parliament to ensure that love will conquer all.

The resident professional not-for-profit theater company, now in its 28th year, provided a preview performance Friday afternoon for senior citizens from a number of retirement communities.

Outside Cahn

‘Iolanthe’ is directed by Kurt Johns, who has previous directing credits with Light Opera Works and the Apple Tree and Lakeshore theaters. He has also acted off-Broadway and at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.


The production also features a 28-piece orchestra led by Roger Bingaman, the music director of Light Opera Works.

Tickets, which range in price from $29 to $85, with half-price discounts for children, are available online and by calling the box office at 847-869-6300.

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