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Fall 2010: The Grand Duke

Synopsis

In the Grand Duke, Gilbert and Sullivan come full circle, back to the theme of their first collaboration: A troupe of actors takes political power. The story contains a number of hilarious moments and funny characters, the settings are colourful and the music is cheery and flavourful. Some find this opera to be the most underrated of the G&S works.

Ludwig, an actor, replaces the company manager, Ernest, and then he replaces the miserly Grand Duke Rudolph of Pfennig Halbfennig, after "killing" each of them by drawing the ace from a deck of cards in two "statutory" duels. By winning the statutory duels, Ludwig assumes all of Ernest's and Rudolph's rights and obligations. Soon he finds himself with far more wives, and prospective wives, than he knows what to do with. Never fear: once again, a lawyer solves the problem and all ends happily.


Directors: Charles Palella, Albert Young Jr.
Assistant Directors: Bob Osgood
Music Director: Lyndon Meyer
Producers: Rebecca Hetherington, Amanda Lobaugh


Cast

Julia Jellicoe (an English Actress)
Sarajane Fondiller
Grand Duke Rudolph of Pfennig Halbpfennig
Wayne Vander Byl
Ernest Dummkopf (a Theatrical Manager)
Stephen Hunn
Ludwig
George Kampo
Dr. Tannhauser (a Notary)
Greg Wright
The Prince of Monte Carlo
Aaron Bigeleison
Jacintha (The Princess of Monte Carlo)
Patti Anne Montrois
Baroness Caroline von Krakenfeldt
Amanda Lobaugh
Lisa (a soubrette)
Tania Beghini
Olgertha
Robin Morris-Gaylord
Gretelsa
Carla Cogliandro
Martha
Cady Walker

Chorus

Linda Allen, Christina Arden, Terry Benedict, Zarha Dillon-Zuppelli, Penny Fram, Kurt Griffen, Don Kelley, Forrest Kelley, Marshall Kelley, Schuyler Kelley, Tamara Kelley, Melinda Laurin, Zachary Laurin, Karen Nail, Maureen Odgers, Laurel Schneiderman, Martin Schneiderman, Stephanie Schneiderman, Rebekah Titus, Cady Walker, Sharon Walker, Byron Wilmot, Kathryn Wright

Orchestra

Bass
Paul Towsley
Clarinet
Stephen Lurie
Flute
Elaine Choy
Horn
Erin Noble
Keyboard
Lyndon Meyer
Oboe
Kathleen Suher
Percussion
Eriks Zurovskis
Trumpet
Leslie MacDonald

Crew

Props
Zarha Dillon-Zuppelli, Forrest Kelley, Amanda Lobaugh
Set Designer
Albert Young Jr.
Costume Manager
Penny Fram
Lighting Designer
Chris Nimmick
Lighting Operators
Tim Chennell, David Odgers

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