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Gilbert & Sullivan dinner

Gilbert & Sullivan dinner

Gilbert & Sullivan enthusiasts have a rare treat in store this month, as the Driftwood Players and the Sunshine Coast Film Society collaborate on a never-before-attempted special event: A Gilbert & Sullivan Trivia Dinner.

Costumed members of the Driftwood Players will serenade diners with songs and challenge them with trivia questions at a dinner to be held before the Feb. 20 screening of the film “Topsy-Turvy” in Gibsons.

An acclaimed 1999 film directed by Mike Leigh, “Topsy-Turvy” chronicles the creation of the operetta “The Mikado” by acerbic, austere librettist William Gilbert and bon vivant composer Arthur Sullivan. These men, who were opposites in every way, nevertheless collaborated to produce lavish musicals that revolutionized English theatre in the late 19th century.

The Film Society will screen “Topsy-Turvy” on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2pm at the Raven’s Cry Theatre in Sechelt, and on Monday, Feb. 20 at 7:30pm at the Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons. The Trivia Dinner will be held on Feb. 20 at 5 pm at Sita’s Spag and Suds Restaurant in Gibsons.

Costumes are optional, but the Driftwood Players encourage attendees to visit their Costume Shop on Feb. 9 or 16 to browse for suitable attire.

Tickets are $35, which includes a buffet dinner, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverages. Film admission is separate. Tickets will be sold online at share-there.com and at the Blackberry Shop in Gibsons Landing until Friday, Feb. 17.  Donna McMahon

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