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2019-2020 SEASON

Discovery Show - Partially Staged Concert with Live Orchestra

Thespis, or the Gods Grown Old

Libretto - W.S. Gilbert       Music - Arthur Sullivan and Bruce Montgomery

Producer - Steve Austin

August 3 and 4, 2019

San José City College Theater

2100 Moorpark Ave, San José, CA

The gods on Mt. Olympus have grown old and bored. When a troupe of actors climbs the mountain for a picnic, they and the gods quickly work out a scheme to leave the actors in charge on Mt. Olympus while the gods go for a holiday on earth. Complications ensue and are only set right in Act II by having the gods return to Mt. Olympus and the actors to earth.

Written as a Christmas season burlesque in 1871, Thespis is the first collaboration between W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. It ran for 63 performances when most such lightweight material was lucky to get 20 performances. No vocal score was ever published, and most of the music has since been lost. We are presenting a version with music written by Bruce Montgomery of the University of Pennsylvania in a Sullivan-like style. He has retained the two surviving songs, “Climbing over Rocky Mountain” and “Little Maid of Arcadee”.

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Stage Director

Laurie Hupman

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Musical Director

Jeff Yaeger

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Daniel Galpin

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Daniel Smith

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Jeffrey Lampert

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Katia Hayati

Gala event featuring music by Gilbert & Sullivan and more!

Fall Colors in the Country

November 3, 2019

1:00-4:00 PM

Guglielmo Winery (

1480 E Main Ave, Morgan Hill, CA


Enjoy beautiful music, wine tasting, catered hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction at our 3rd biennial gala at Guglielmo Winery in Morgan Hill. Vineyards and rolling hills, rich in the charm and tradition of romantic Tuscany, surround the all-weather tented (and heated if necessary) event center. Plenty of free parking is available across the street from the winery.

Emcee Michael Taylor, renowned Bay Area composer and singer for San Francisco Opera, will present solos, duets, and ensembles by Lyric Theatre’s top singers, featuring Broadway, Gilbert & Sullivan, and operetta repertoire. 

Your ticket includes:

  • Catered hors d'oeuvres & sweets

  • Tasting of five Guglielmo wines, including medal winners; wines by the glass available for purchase

  • Live auction of major items, such as a private tour of the Lick Observatory by their resident astrophysicist, walk-on costumed roles in our next show, and more!

  • Silent auction with opportunities to score amazing deals on wine, golf, tickets to music and theatre events, and lessons with distinguished musicians, vocalists, and actors.


Guglielmo Winery is wheelchair accessible.


Treat a date, friends, or your professional team to an afternoon they'll never forget! Reduced price admission is available for groups of 4 or more. Call (408) 986-1455 to secure group tickets or a full table for your party.

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Fully Staged with Live Orchestra

The Sorcerer

Libretto - W.S. Gilbert       Music - Arthur Sullivan

February 22–March 1, 2020

A love potion wreaks havoc on a village marked by distinct social classes and unwavering propriety. In this comic opera set to beautiful music by Arthur Sullivan, W.S. Gilbert satirizes stuffy Victorian customs and theatrical clichés.


Auditions by appointment September 28–October 1, 2019.

Stills from Lyric Theatre's 2011 production of "The Sorcerer" set in India.

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