The Ohio Light Opera is a lot of fun.
If you're not familiar with light opera, it's really much closer to modern musicals than grand opera. The music tends to be accessible and tuneful, the loving couples tend to find each other, and hardly anyone ever dies.
The Ohio Light Opera understands that the purpose of these pieces is to entertain. They have a tradition of having great comedic actors, so even if you don't like the music chances are you will find yourself laughing a lot along with the rest of the audience. Most (not all) of the actors are younger recent graduates with bachelor's or master's degrees in voice. They are all excellent and enthusiastic singers. They also perform in rep so that tonight's lead will be tomorrow night's second-from-the-left, so that even the choruses are first rate.
If you aren't familiar with the OLO or its materials, the safest bet is probably to go with one of the familiar Gilbert & Sullivan offerings (e.g. The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore). They rotate them so you can find one of them pretty much every year. Offenbach is also pretty reliable - basically a Moulin Rouge version of Gilbert & Sullivan, with frothy plots and lots of innuendo.
The theater is among the best we have been in to see a performance with good views and lots of leg room. You won't find much in the way of amenities between acts, but they offer ice cream outside the lobby.
The OLO is a very amiable way to spend an afternoon or evening. Chances are you'll be humming the tunes of whatever you heard for days to come.
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