Blue Hill Troupe Presents 'The Yeomen of the Guard'

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Event to benefit The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

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The award-winning Blue Hill Troupe, New York's oldest Gilbert & Sullivan performing society, celebrates its 83nd season with a new production of "The Yeomen of the Guard."

Featuring what many consider to be Sullivan's most glorious music, "The Yeomen of the Guard," unlike the rest of the canon, presents a real, historical setting (Tudor England), and a plot with dramatic overtones in addition to the expected comic whimsy. The story concerns a handsome soldier facing execution on a trumped-up charge. Various plots to save him collide to both comic and serious effect.

"The Yeomen of the Guard" will play for eight performances April 13-21, 2007 at Teatro Heckscher of El Museo del Barrio (1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street).

Tickets will be available online at http://www.bht.org beginning March 1st, and range in price from $25-$65. The ticket office opens March 12 and can be reached from 2 to 5 p.m. weekdays at 212-988-2012.

Since its inception in 1924, the Blue Hill Troupe has produced a large-scale production of a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta every spring, with lavish production values and full orchestra. Each year, the proceeds benefit a different New York City charity, with the impressive total donated topping $3 million.

This year's beneficiary is The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, (NYSPCC). The NYSPCC was established in 1875 as the first child protection agency in the world, and since its inception, its contributions to the child welfare sector have been revolutionary, continuous and global. The NYSPCC's creation sparked a movement focused on preventing child abuse and neglect and protecting children from harm.

Proceeds from "The Yeomen of the Guard" will benefit The NYSPCC's Trauma Recovery Program, which provides critical mental health counseling services to children in New York City who have endured horrific abuse.

Blue Hill Troupe's president Jacalyn Yang said, "We're very excited to be working with one of New York City's oldest and worthiest charities. They address serious issues, but remain hopeful. 'Yeomen' deals with more real issues than most of the G&S operas, but is still leavened by comedy."

"The Yeomen of the Guard" will be directed and choreographed by Gary Slavin, recently represented Off Broadway by the hit revue "Bush is Bad." Musical direction will be by Zachary Schwartzman, whose work has been seen at New York City Opera and Glimmerglass Opera.

The Blue Hill Troupe has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and has appeared twice at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops. For the past twelve years, the Troupe has presented a Gilbert & Sullivan concert as part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Concerts and Lectures series, where they will return on February 11, 2007.

In August 2005, the Blue Hill Troupe presented their revised performance edition of the Gilbert & Sullivan rarity "The Grand Duke" at the 12th Annual International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England, where it was honored with awards for Best Male Performer, Best Female Performer and Best Musical Direction.

For more information about the Blue Hill Troupe, Ltd., contact Joanne Lessner at (212) 222-7436 or visit http://www.bht.org.

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