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Gilbert & Sullivan - The Operettas

by Roz Hertz

Between 1871 and 1896, W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan worked together to write and compose 14 comic operas. They are still performed in the United States and throughout the world. These operettas were set in the time in which they were created.
Although the Victorian era has moved into an important and noteworthy part of history, the English-speaking world has not forgotten the memorable melodies, the humorous and sad content of the librettos, and the characters who portray the political and cultural aspects of that period. The operettas were an immediate success. The innovations by Gilbert and Sullivan have directly influenced musical theater through the present day. They blended silliness and satire to the delight of their audiences. The best known of the works are: H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, and The Mikado.
Instructor, Les Mittleman, is no stranger to OLLI. He has taught courses at OLLI for 17 years. Prior to his retirement, Dr. Mittleman taught in the English Department at Cal State Long Beach for 43 years. He will show
videos of the operettas in class and explain the political and social
aspects pertaining to the Victorian era in which they were written. He hopes that his students can escape from present-day politics to another time in history. All can
appreciate laughter and also recognize that throughout history there were good, bad, and mixed times. Learn while you enjoy the music of Gilbert and Sullivan! Perhaps you will recall some of the many staged, filmed, and televised productions.
See you there!

Life Fit Center News

The aging process can have many effects on our health and fitness. You may be familiar with three common changes:



• Decreased muscle mass and increased body fat
• Decreased balance and increased risk of falling
• Decrease bone mineral density
These changes taken alone or together can have a major impact on our quality of life and ability to remain independent. The good news is that aging does not mean that we have to lose our health and fitness.

At the LifeFit Center we foster a community that inspires healthy behaviors and empowers longer, healthier, happier lives. We’ve developed our fitness programming with aging in mind. This is why we have classes and training options that focus specifically on maintaining or building muscle and bone mineral density, as well as improving balance and preventing falls.
Our staff and interns have the education and experience to ensure that you are exercising safely and effectively. Please be our guest for a complimentary first-time workout and check out the LifeFit Center today! Be sure to ask us about our Building Strength and Bodyweight and Balance classes, as well as our new Building Healthy Bones small group-training program.
We are located at CSULB in the Kinesiology Department building, across from the university pool. For questions, contact me (LifeFit Assistant Director, Emily Sopo) at 562-985-2087 or email at

Bring a friend to OLLI and share our motto:
Learn More ~ Age Less