GILBERT and Sullivan's famous comic opera The Mikado has been revived for a good cause this weekend in Mooroolbark.
Dandenong Ranges-based a capella choir Singularity is performing the classic show at St Margaret's Uniting Church to raise money to support the Rubaga Youth Development Association in Uganda.
Formed in 2003, Singularity regularly performs for charity, and has chosen the association as the beneficiary of this performance given St Margaret's has long supported its efforts. RYDA has worked successfully for more than 15 years to offer life skills and vocational training to orphans and street children in Uganda.
St Margaret's Uniting Church RYDA support co-ordinator Douglas Williams said it was exciting that Singularity had chosen to raise money for RYDA, an African success story the congregation has supported for 15 years. "It is set to be a wonderful afternoon of mirthful, musical merriment with all proceeds supporting the continuing success of RYDA," Mr Williams said.
"We guarantee that every dollar donated to this organisation, either as direct funds or in the form of material goods, is used to support orphaned and vulnerable children.
"Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy a great afternoon and support a great cause."
Singularity has about 30 members and has about 20 performances each year. It is associated with the Dandenong Ranges Music Council.
The group performs a wide repertoire of music, ranging from madrigals, Scottish folk music and classical works such as Handel's Messiah to, of course, Gilbert and Sullivan shows.
■ The Mikado is on at St Margaret's Uniting Church, Hull Road, Mooroolbark, from 2.30pm this Sunday. Tickets are $5. Afternoon tea will be provided.