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Fall 2006: Ruddigore

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Following the immense success of The Mikado, the initial run of Ruddigore, or The Witch's Curse! (1887) was, by Gilbert and Sullivan's standards, a flop. The show ran only six months, and was not revived by the D'Oyly Carte Company until 1920. However, Ruddigore was revived regularly after that, and has become a favorite of many Savoyards — including Off-Monroe Players, who have presented it several times since 1977. Deservedly so, as it is a very entertaining piece.

Ruddigore is a parody of 19th-century "thud-and-blunder" melodramas, with many Gilbertian twists. The evil, profligate nobleman (or "bad Baronet") is persecuted by portraits of his ancestors; the sweet young maiden turns out to be quite a gold-digger; the "bumptious" sailor always follows his heart — which tells him to steal his foster brother's fiancée; the mad young lady (who at first seems to have strayed from some bel canto opera) is saner than most of the people onstage. Befitting these different characters, Sullivan's score is one of his most varied, full of charm, drama, and (of course) catchy tunes.

We hope the OMP production of this unusual "new and supernatural" operetta will make you a fan of Ruddigore, too.


Director: David Raymond
Music Director: Mark Johnson
Assistant Music Director: Charles Palella
Choreography: Terry Benedict
Producers: Jad Jordan, Amanda Lobaugh, Marty Nott
Designer: Patti Anne Montrois


Cast

Zorah (Professional Bridesmaid)
Carla Cogliandro
Ruth (Professional Bridesmaid)
Rachel Jones
Dame Hannah
Barbara A. Dick
Rose Maybud (A Village Maiden)
Holly Thérèse Corcoran
Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd (Robin Oakapple)
Bob Gorski
Old Adam Goodheart
Tracy Burdick
Richard Dauntless
Jad Jordan
Mad Margaret
Sarajane Fondiller
Sir Despard Murgatroyd of Ruddigore
Marty Nott
Sir Rupert Murgatroyd
Wayne Vander Byl
Sir Jasper Murgatroyd
Ted Benedict
Sir Lionel Murgatroyd
Ken Vary
Sir Conrad Murgatroyd
Bob Weeks
Sir Roderic Murgatroyd
Geoffrey Hopkins

Chorus

Christina Arden, Suzanne Bell, Ted Benedict, Terry Benedict, Ann Marie Buonemani, Julia Ferreira, Penny Fram, Kurt Griffen, Bill Hammond, Rebecca Hetherington, Patti Anne Montrois, Karen Nail, Stephen Naum, Maureen Odgers, Charles Palella, Suzanne Rath, Laurel Schneiderman, Stephanie Schneiderman, Pamela Torrey, Anne Vander Byl, Wayne Vander Byl, Ken Vary, Anne Virgil, Bob Weeks

Orchestra

Bass
Paul Towsley
Clarinet
Stephen Lurie, Leslie Naradikian
Flute
Susan Comer, Phil Marino
Horn
Alison Currie
Keyboard
Mark Johnson
Oboe
Kathleen Holt
Percussion
Eriks Zurovskis
Trumpet
B.J. Comer

Crew

Props
Amanda Lobaugh, Stephen Naum
Set Designer
Kelly Flegel
Set Construction
Suzanne Bell, Ann Marie Buonemani, Jad Jordan, Charles Palella, David Raymond
Costume Managers
Suzanne Bell, Penny Fram, Molly Moore
Lighting Designer
Kelly Flegel
Photography
Steve Boerner

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