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On the Town: ‘Trial by Jury’ operetta a hit at Hall of Justice

The Gilbert and Sullivan operetta “Trial by Jury” was performed by members of the Rochester Lyric Opera on April 25 and 26 at the Hall of Justice in Rochester. The operetta tells the story of a breach of promise in a marriage case, with jury, judge and counsel for the plaintiff and defendant appearing. From left are bridesmaids Megan Duane, Tania Beghini and Jennifer Nicholson, who comfort bride Patricia Carpenter, second from right, during the performance.

As a run up to Law Day, the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta “Trial by Jury” was performed by members of the Rochester Lyric Opera on April 25 and 26 in Courtroom 303 at the Hall of Justice. The operetta tells the story of a breach of promise in a marriage case, with jury, judge and counsel for the plaintiff and defendant appearing.

Arranging the production in a courtroom proved to be a challenge because of the large volume of cases and number of judges and hearing officers presiding over those cases. But both performances were well received by standing room-only crowds.

— Photos by Vasiliy Baziuk

Ted Christopher, playing the part of the judge, right, is pictured with Patricia Carpenter, who played the plaintiff-bride.

Tamar Greene, center, played the part of the attorney representing the bride, with Knox, left, and Carpenter.

Grant Knox, left, performing as the groom (and defendant) with Jennifer Nicholson, who played a bridesmaid.

Judge John Ninfo, retired Western District of New York Bankruptcy Court judge and house manager for the opera company, ushers guests into the courtroom for the “Trial by Jury” performance.

 

Robert Seidel starts a standing ovation from an over-capacity crowd following the performance at the Hall of Justice on April 26.

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