Wilton’s Cooper in The Sorcerer

Jim Cooper of Wilton will take the stage as the Notary when Troupers Light Opera performs The Sorcerer in the Norwalk Concert Hall, Saturday, April 16 and 23, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Cooper has been with Troupers for 15 years and serves as its treasurer, but since 2001 he has also been the company’s webmaster, and has served for many years as its technical director, plus one term as its president. In addition to his performances in Troupers productions, he has played numerous roles at the Wilton Playshop, Musicals at Richter, and New Canaan Town Players.

The Sorcerer is Gilbert and Sullivan’s first full-length comic opera, first performed in 1877.  Though it is not as well-known as some of the famous duo’s later operas, it was a major success, and its music and themes are similar to those of classics such as HMS Pinafore and The Mikado. Deftly satirizing the British class system, The Sorcerer features an honorable but naïve young gentleman who believes love should level all social ranks. He therefore persuades a local magician to dose an entire village with a magic drink that causes each man and woman, of whatever social class, to fall in love with the first person he or she meets. The result is a slew of mismatched couples, including the young man’s own fiancée. All is put right eventually, but not before some interesting plot twists.

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