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The Insiders: An extra hour of Light with Gilbert and Sullivan

Ben Conant and Keith Testa, the Concord Monitor's Insiders. 

(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

Ben Conant and Keith Testa, the Concord Monitor's Insiders. (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor Staff)

The clocks have changed, we’ve all lost an hour of sleep, and we’re still nursing sore muscles from shoveling for the millionth time this winter. Sounds like time for some laughs to us! Dr. Insider recommends you spend your Sunday afternoon with Gilbert and Sullivan.

Though Concord clearly leads the nation in per capita law offices (and hair salons), Gilbert and Sullivan isn’t one of them - although we know how much fun it can be pouring over legal briefs on a Sunday. No, Gilbert and Sullivan are the theatrical geniuses responsible for humorous musical shows such as Princess Ida, which is being performed by Concord Light Opera at the South Congregational Church today at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $20, or $15 for seniors and children.

If you are thinking it can’t be funny because these Gilbert and Sullivan dudes are really, really old, you’re wrong. Just ask Eric Halter, a performer in the show who spoke to the Insider when we wrote a delightful piece about Princess Ida last month.

“Some people might have the sense that Gilbert and Sullivan is kind of fuddy duddy, maybe funny in an odd way, but the great thing about musical theater is when you see it on stage live there’s so much that comes through in the pantomime and acting and singing that’s just hilariously funny,” Halter said. “It’s fun to rehearse and fun to perform.”

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Know what’s also fun? Spending an entire day at the Audi. Kick off your Sunday at 2 p.m. with The Gift of Artwork, as digital imaging artist Thomas Wright presents his historical photographs of the Audi to the city of Concord with a reception featuring Mayor Jim Bouley.

Note to event planners: everything sounds cooler when it ends with “featuring Mayor Jim Bouley.” Try it yourself: Tonight, it’s a night of burlesque fun, featuring Mayor Jim Bouley!

Stick around from 3 to 5 p.m. for the next Merrimack Music installment, the Gift of Jazz, which is free and in the reception lobby, before the Friends of the Audi quarterly meeting, which begins at 6:30 and is worth attending simply because it starts with dessert.

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