Wilton actor stars in musical comedy

Wilton’s Jim Cooper will sing the role of the irascible innkeeper Willem when Troupers Light Opera presents Victor Herbert’s classic 1906 Broadway musical comedy The Red Mill.  Performances will take place April 6 and 13, at 2:30 and 7:30,  at the Norwalk Concert Hall.

In addition to his singing role, Mr. Cooper also adapted the new performing version of the script the Troupers Light Opera will be using from librettist Henry Blossom’s original prompt book.

This is Mr. Cooper’s 12th show with Troupers. In the last dozen years, he has been webmaster, treasurer, technical director and president. He played the Notary in Sorcerer, the Lieutenant in Yeoman, Giorgio in Gondoliers and GoTo in The Mikado. He also played Lesgate in Dial M for Murder in Pound Ridge, and numerous roles at the Wilton Playshop, Musicals at Richter and New Canaan Town Players.

The Red Mill was one of Victor Herbert’s first big successes, premiering on Broadway on Sept. 24, 1906. Set in Holland during the early 20th century, this musical comedy has a topsy-turvy plot that resembles the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan. Star-crossed lovers plan to elope; pompous village officials are outwitted by a couple of clever American vaudevillians, and true love eventually triumphs all around, amidst a series of unexpected revelations.

Tickets are available at TroupersLightOpera.org or by calling 800-838-3006.