Spring 2024: The Grand Duke

Audition Dates

All auditions held at Downtown United Presbyterian Church (DPC).

Jan. 22, 2024, 7 p.m.
Jan. 23, 2024, 7 p.m.


All performances held at Downtown United Presbyterian Church (DPC).

May 10, 2024, 6 p.m.
May 11, 2024, 6 p.m.
May 12, 2024, noon
May 17, 2024, 6 p.m.
May 18, 2024, 6 p.m.
May 19, 2024, noon

Reservations open None.


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.

Director: Amanda Lobaugh
Music Director: Emily Mills
Producers: Charles Palella, Albert Young Jr.

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