'The Yeomen of the Guard'
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The Gilbert an Sullivan Opera Co. stages an operetta, also known as "The Merryman and his Maid," at the University of Chicago’s Mandel Hall. "Set in the Tower of London during the reign of King Henry VIII, the (play) tells the story of the war hero Col. Fairfax, unjustly imprisoned and condemned to death for sorcery, and the plot hatched by his old friend Sergeant Meryll and his daughter, Phoebe, to free the colonel from his cell in the Tower by disguising him as one of the guardians of the Tower itself: the famous Yeomen of the Guard," according to promotional materials. "Complicating matters further is the arrival of the traveling jester Jack Point, accompanied by his musical partner and wife-to-be, Elsie Maynard, who finds herself in a position to benefit greatly by Fairfax’s execution." Proceeds of the performance go toward the school's Department of Music, wihch has 15 ensembles that perform more than 100 shows annually.