Gilbert and Sullivan Characters United in Music Theater Production

Posted on 3/3/2011 10:46:27 AM
Trial by Grand Jury

Music Theater at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present the uniquely inspired production of Trial by Grand Jury. It will be performed March 17, 18, and 19, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. and March 20, at 2:00 p.m. on the Waller Hall Mainstage.

According to director Sarah Mantel, the production was assembled “With apologies to William S. Gilbert and Arthur S. Sullivan in a ‘grand’ reworking of their first true collaborative effort, Trial by Jury,” which premiered in 1875 at London’s Royalty Theater.

In Trial by Jury, Edwin, tiring of his sweetheart, Angelina, falls in love with another. Angelina promptly hauls him into court for breach of promise. Though both jury and judge indicate that they have had similar episodes in their own past, they have little sympathy for Edwin and are plainly captivated by the beauteous Angelina.

Mantel goes on to explain, “The resolution of this ‘nice dilemma’ is accomplished, in our production, with the help of some familiar characters and songs from The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, and The Pirates of Penzance.

Trial by Grand Jury

“A grand jury must be chosen and our presiding judge is none other than the Mikado of Japan. So imagine the comic chaos that might accompany a gala reunion of some of Gilbert’s most memorable characters singing some of Sullivan’s most delightful melodies.

"What if, for example, the Mikado actually met Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B. of the good ship H.M.S. Pinafore or the lovely Mabel of The Pirates of Penzance?" These are just a couple of the comic combinations poised in Trial by Grand Jury.

Trial by Grand Jury

Trial by Grand Jury will be sung in English and is appropriate for all ages.

Tickets for Trial by Grand Jury are available at the Hadley Union Building, located on Pratt Drive of the IUP campus. Seats remaining will be sold at the door starting forty-five minutes before each performance. Tickets may also be purchased with a credit card by calling the HUB Box Office at 724-357-1313 or purchasing online at IUP

For more information, contact the Lively Arts at 724-357-2547 or e-mail us at

Tickets are priced at $15 for regular admission, $12 for senior citizens and groups of 15 or more, and $9 for children and students.

This production is a Lively Arts event presented by the IUP Music Theater. It is produced by the Department of Music within the College of Fine Arts and funded, in part, by the Student Cooperative Association.

Pictured above (top) are Esther Hull as Mabel and Adam Fladd as Frederic; (middle, left to right) Hull, Frankie Mosley as the Usher, and Leanna McGiboney as Angelina; (bottom), McGiboney and Mark Pavlecic as Edwin.