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Lakeshore Light Opera presents The Sorcerer

Show dates for The Sorcerer include March 4 and 10-12 at 8 p.m. and March 5 and 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.llo.org.

Most fairy tales end happily ever after but what happens when a sorcerer steps into the equation and fiddles with the natural order of things? To find out, Montrealers will have to take in a night at the opera with Lakeshore Light Opera’s performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Sorcerer. 

The story was the musical duo’s third collaboration together and weaves the tale of the engagement of Alexis, played by JR Gonzalez, and Aline (Julia Miller) and Alexis’ belief that love can solve all social problems. Enter the fabulous Don Sesia as Sir John Wellington Wells, the namesake of the play, and chaos ensues as a love potion is distributed to the townsfolk.

In the midst of it all is song and dance. The actors, all volunteers, don elaborate costumes and the merriment of the occasion shines through. Dorval resident Janet Harris Timms plays the mother of Aline, Lady Sangazure and has been a member of Lakeshore Light Opera (LLO) since 1974. Her parents were original members of St. Paul’s Operatic Society which later became LLO.

“It gives me the chance to sing and it is really a lot of fun,” she told The Chronicle. “It has become a multigenerational thing too. Before my mother passed away, she was on the stage at 90 years old; she shared the stage with me as well as my daughter.”

Be sure not to miss her duet with Alexis’ father Sir Marmaduke Pointdextre (Lars Lih) which includes fast-paced tongue-twister lyrics: “Wild with adoration! Mad with fascination! To indulge my lamentation. No occasion do I miss.”

Not to be overlooked is Cameron Black’s performance as Dr. Daly, the vicar of the town who missed out on the love potion and is left without a lover. Equally impressive is Sesia as the sorcerer, blasting into the scene with a great rendition of “My name is Sir John Wellington Wells.”

The Lakeshore Light Opera (LLO) is a West Island non-profit organization that puts on one production a year which raises funds for the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation. The organization has raised $126,000 for the foundation to date.

“The foundation buys equipment that the government doesn’t give them money for, particularly for the maternity unit,” said LLO president Carol Johansen. “We are part of the West Island community so we want to give back what we can.”

Show dates for The Sorcerer include March 4 and 10-12 at 8 p.m. and March 5 and 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.llo.org. The performances take place at John Rennie High School's Louise Chalmers Theatre (501 St. John’s Blvd.).

Organizations: Operatic Society, The Chronicle, Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation John Rennie High School Louise Chalmers Theatre

Geographic location: West Island, St. Paul

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