Gilbert and Sullivan production at Denison
Date of Event: March 26, 2011
Posted: March 17, 2011
Singer’s Theatre Workshop presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta “Iolanthe” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, and Sunday, March 27, at Denison University’s Burke Recital Hall (240 West Broadway). The production, with full costumes and set by Columbus-based Clapp and Campbell Enterprises, is directed by Belinda Andrews-Smith, and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Belinda Andrews-Smith at 740-587-6351 or visit www.denison.edu.
The plot of the show concerns a band of immortal fairies that finds itself at odds with England’s House of Peers. The operetta satirizes many aspects of British government and law with a humorous twist. “Iolanthe” also is known for some of the most beautiful music of all the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.
The first performances of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas in America during the 1880s greatly influenced the form and development of the American musical. “Iolanthe” itself premiered in 1882 and is the seventh show produced by the famous librettist and composer team.
Leading the cast is sophomore John Arnold as Lord Chancellor, and junior Molly Coyne and sophomore Alec Lee portray two lovers, Phyllis and Strephon. Other roles include; Sophia Chen, the Queen of the Fairies; Katherine Damisch, Iolanthe: Ben Chiewphasa, Earl of Mountararat; Xander Jarowey, Earl Tolloller; JD Carter, Private Willis; and an ensemble of peers and fairies.
CALEDAR LISTING, Denison University, Granville — Singer’s Theatre Workshop presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta “Iolanthe” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 26, and Sunday, March 27, at Burke Recital Hall (240 West Broadway). Free and open to the public. For more information visit www.denison.edu. For more information, contact Belinda Andrews-Smith at 740-587-6351 or visit www.denison.edu.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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