Opera, Jr.

Gilbert and Sullivan are corny, I know, but as a child I was sung to sleep with songs from their operetta H.M.S. Pinafore. My family owned a songbook and a recording by the D'Oyly Carte opera company, and at a tender age I learned all about the romantic (and not) machinations of Ralph Rackstraw, Dick Deadeye and dear Little Buttercup. When The Mikado — abridged for television, no less — came along, with an aging, leering Groucho Marx as the cheesy Ko-Ko, my heart was forever won.

Groucho's taken his leer to heaven, but you can join The Mikado's politically incorrect characters today and tomorrow as they wend their way through a plot laden with personal secrets; the Colorado Symphony Orchestra presents the operetta at 7:30 p.m. both days at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Tickets are $7.50 to $65. For more information, call 303-830-TIXS or go to www.coloradosymphony.org.
March 24-25, 7:30 p.m.

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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