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Trial by Jury

7 p.m., Wednesday May 15

On Wednesday, May 15, at 7:00 pm in the Christian Life Center at St. Luke’s Methodist Church, the Oklahoma Choral Artists will present a program of operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan featuring a staged performance with professional instrumental ensemble of TRIAL BY JURY. The performance is co-sponsored by Oklahoma Choral Artists and the Emerson Community Action Board, a group of concerned citizens formed to provide support for the Oklahoma City Public School’s Emerson Alternative School. All proceeds from the evening will go to the support of projects at Emerson.

Emerson Mid-High Alternative School is a school for young persons who are working to keep their lives together and earn a high school diploma.  The Emerson Community Action Board was formed to assist the school by providing resources and funding beyond that available from the district. Oklahoma Choral Artists backs its performances from its own resources so that the total proceeds from its work can go to the benefit of local causes.

TRIAL BY JURY was the first major collaboration by Gilbert and Sullivan and made its first appearance in 1875 on a triple bill evening of operettas and has become the most famous and enduring  of those performed that evening. The plaintiff Angelina sues Edwin for breach of promise, the court’s usher tries to keep order in a three ring circus of a court room and the not-so-learned judge must resolve the issue. Gilbert always enjoyed poking fun at the legal profession, probably because he had attempted the profession himself. After a year’s effort, he found he had only five clients and decided that perhaps he was not cut out for a life in the law.


Oklahoma Choral Artists’ production is cast entirely from its own members, a large number of whom are well known to Oklahoma City audiences for their stage  appearances in operas, operettas and musicals.  The principals include Jim Henline as the Learned Judge; Barbara Giager, Angelina; Garrett Rounseville, Edwin; John Peebles, Council for the Plaintiff; Terry Runnels, the Usher; and David Anderson, the Jury Foreman. The Oklahoma Choral Artists provide the jury and bridesmaids. The work will be conducted by OCA Artistic Director, John Blackwell.

All seats are general admission at $10 at the door on the evening of the performance.  You can get tickets in advance by calling St. Luke's UMC bookstore (405) 600-3405 or Carey Carter (405) 816-5294.

Where: St. Luke's United Methodist Church
Phone: 232-1371
Address: 222 N.W. 15th
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