Set in the historic Tower of London, Gilbert & Sullivan's Yeoman of the Guard tells the story of the gallant Col. Fairfax, unjustly sentenced to die; of Jack Point, the jester whose antics hide a sore heart; and of the pretty Elsie, whom he loves and must lose. The Encore Theater's production of Yeoman in English opens at Beit Shmuel on December 24. It's directed and costumed by Robert Binder and the music director is his longtime collaborator, Paul Salter. Filtered through Gilbert's wit and Sullivan's magical music, Yeoman is still the closest to serious that the popular pair ever came to writing. "As a story of frustrated love, it comes very close to the human condition," says Binder. An educator and the founding artistic director of the Jerusalem Gilbert & Sullivan Society and of Encore, Binder has directed The Mikado, HMS Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance, among the six Gilbert & Sullivan operettas the society has mounted - which were all conducted by Salter. Salter is also a sought-after pianist and has conducted the London Festival and Israel Chamber orchestras, among the rest. Yeoman will play every few days through January 1.