There's a "family quality" to the Young Victorian Theatre Company, says company music director Ernie Green. And that trait was evident at a recent reception for Baltimore's resident Gilbert and Sullivan troupe at the Senator Theatre.
About 60 Young Vic supporters gathered in the mezzanine before watching "Topsy Turvy," a movie about the composing duo. Many of them had performed in the 30-year-old company's productions years ago. Now, their kids are doing the same.
Retired teachers Alex Armstrong, who had directed some of the early shows, and his wife, Louise, had some good stories to share. Their daughter, Bess, was lead soprano in 1971 before going on to a successful Hollywood acting career.
Sharing the feeling of kinship, and raising $7,000 for Young Vic: Brian Goodman, Young Vic general manager; Roger Brunyate, resident stage director; Chris West, Young Vic board chair; Mary-Ann Pinkard and Melissa Warlow, board members; Drs. Emily and Alex Haller, retired Johns Hopkins physicians; Wally Pinkard, CEO of Colliers Pinkard; Herb Garten, president of Fedder and Garten; Steffi Graham, Baltimore photographer; Harry Turner, attorney with Rosenberg, Proutt, Funk & Greenberg; and Baltimore Circuit Judge John Carroll Byrnes.