Opera in the courtBy Jennifer Vanasco
Most days, Law Professor David Currie presides over a classroom. But this month, Currie will preside over a courtroomand he will sing, to boot.
Currie will star as the love-struck judge in Gilbert & Sullivans brief, wild romp
Trial by Jury. Performed by the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company and conducted by Martha Swisher, Trial by Jury will be performed at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12; Saturday, Nov. 14; Sunday, Nov. 15; Saturday, Nov. 20; and Sunday, Nov. 21, at the Chicago Law Schools Weymouth Kirkland Courtroom, 1111 E. 60th St.
For years, weve been looking forward to presenting Trial by Jury in its natural setting, an honest-to-goodness courtroom with a proper jury box and all the trappings, said Currie, the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor and Arnold & Frieda Shure Scholar in the Law School. It should be 35 minutes of pure fun, he said.
Currie, who also directs Trial by Jury, has been a member of the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company for 36 years. The company puts on at least one production each year, including an annual spring production in the Universitys Mandel Hall.
But Curries involvement with the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company has not only been enjoyable for himit has been rewarding for the law students he teaches. When I teach civil procedure and want to explain the difference between criminal and civil cases, I sing A Policemans Lot is Not a Happy One, from Pirates of Penzance. The best part is, the students part is the chorusso after I sing to them, they sing back.
Tickets are $5, $2 for students. For advance ticket reservations for Trial by Jury, call (847) 884-8709.