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January 31, 2013

Country star Brantley Gilbert comes to 'Kato; Bethany staging comic opera classic

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MANKATO —

The story is rife with satirical, even caustic, humor as well as criticisms of England’s rigid class systems and social values. The plot follows a group of naval officers, shipmates and women aboard a British warship. When a lowly deckhand falls in love with the prospective bride of one of the ship’s officers, notions of class and identity are challenged.

Performances will be held at the Sigurd K. Lee Theater in the Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, as well as Feb. 8 and 9. A 2 p.m. performance will be held Sunday.

The performance includes artistic direction by Ann Fredrickson and musical direction by Dennis Marzolf. Tickets may be reserved in advance by contacting the Bethany Box Office Monday through Friday from 1-5 p.m., or by calling 507-344-7374. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children, students (K-college) and seniors (ages 55 and older).

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