Specializing in the performance of small-scale, musico-dramatic works, Players & Singers is a Vancouver-based company that presents productions ranging from operatic favourites to obscure masterworks. Integrating music with theatrical elements and audience interactivity, the company mounts all of their innovative performances in the intimate setting of Hycroft Manor’s elegant Edwardian ballroom.
photos from our October production of Dido and Aeneas
Purcell: Dido and AeneaS
Sunday, October 21 - 3pm & 8pm
The greatest masterpiece of the English Baroque, Dido and Aeneas has some of the most wonderful characters and arias in the operatic repertoire. Based on the Virgil epic, the story recounts the brief courtship between Queen Dido of Carthage and Prince Aeneas of Troy.
The Silver Swan: English Renaissance Madrigals
Sunday, February 17 - 3pm & 8pm
For 17th-Century England the Madrigal was all the rage. This style of 4- or 5-part vocal music, imported from Italy in the volume Musica Transalpina, became so popular in Britain that they started to write some in their own language. Featuring works by Weelkes, Gibbons, Wilbye, Morley and more.
Britten: The Little Sweep
Sunday, May 12 - 3pm & 8pm
Set in Victorian England, The Little Sweep tells the story of a poor boy who is forced to work as a sweep and finds himself getting stuck in the chimney of a grand mansion. Fortunately for him, there are children in the house who come to his aid. Complete with interactive scenes and audience singalong songs, this masterpiece of children’s theatre will delight both young and old.