Gilbert & Sullivan Austin
 

SUMMER GRAND PRODUCTION

A Frightful and Hilarious Topsy-Turvy Musical Delight

Ruddigore
 

Worley Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School
11908 N. Lamar | Map |Seating Chart

 
Auditions February 24 & 25. More information coming in early 2018.
Tickets on sale in the spring.
 
Gilbert & Sullivan Austin presents as its 2018 Summer Grand Production "Ruddigore; or, The Witch's Curse." Nine performances will be presented at the Worley Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School, June 14-24. “Ruddigore” will thrill Austin theatergoers of all ages who delight in spectacular music along with a frightful topsy-turvy story of a virtuous heroine, a dastardly villain, deadly curses, and menacing ghosts!

GSA Artistic Director Ralph MacPhail, Jr. returns for his 17th season. Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, returning for his 21st season as Music Director, will conduct the Gillman Light Opera Orchestra. Bill Hatcher returns as Production Manager.

"Ruddigore” was the 10th collaboration between Gilbert and Sullivan. This “supernatural opera” opened on January 21, 1887, at the Savoy Theatre and ran for 288 performances.

One of W. S. Gilbert’s three favorites, this show has the potential to become a favorite for everyone, including those to whom it is entirely new. The opera parodies elements of Victorian melodrama, which was popular in the mid-nineteenth-century. There is a shyly sweet-mannered and poor-but-virtuous heroine. There is a dastardly villain who carries off the maiden. There is a manly hero in disguise. There is a disheveled, mad girl who creates one of the most unforgettable scenes in the show. There is a deadly curse. To add a special element, there are frightful, menacing ghosts.

Gilbert turns melodrama upside-down in his comical topsy-turvy fashion: The hero becomes evil, the villain becomes good, and the virtuous maiden changes fianc├ęs at the blink of an eye. The ghosts come to life, fulfilling the curse, but all ends happily.

Of course, these hilarious plot devices wouldn’t be G&S without the melodious music of Sullivan, always perfectly suited to the clever lyrics of Gilbert. Many melodies will linger in your memory, such as “When the night wind howls,” “There grew a little flower,” and “I know a youth.”

All performances will have supertitles.

DRAMATIS PERSONAE
Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd
Richard Dauntless
Sir Despard Murgatroyd
Old Adam Goodheart
Rose Maybud
Mad Margaret
Dame Hannah
Zorah
Ruth

Ghosts:
Sir Roderic Murgatroyd
Sir Rupert Murgatroyd
Sir Jasper Murgatroyd
Sir Lionel Murgatroyd 
Sir Conrad Murgatroyd
Sir Desmond Murgatroyd
Sir Gilbert Murgatroyd
Sir Mervyn Murgatroyd  
(comic baritone)
(tenor)
(baritone)
(bass)
(soprano)
(mezzo-soprano)
(contralto)
(soprano)
(speaking/chorus)


(bass-baritone)
(chorister)
(chorister)
(chorister)
(chorister)
(chorister)
(chorister)
(chorister)
CHORUS
Officers, Ancestors, Professional Bridesmaids, & Villagers


9 PERFORMANCES
Thursday June 14 7:30pm Opening Night
Reduced Price Tickets
Friday June 15 7:30pm Gala Performance
Complimentary Buffet With Cast Follows Performance
Saturday June 16 7:30pm Evening Performance
Sunday June 17 2pm Matinee
Children's Activities at 1pm
Thursday June 21 7:30pm Evening Performance
Friday June 22 7:30pm Evening Performance
Saturday June 23 2pm
7:30pm
Matinee
Evening Performance
Sunday June 24 2pm Matinee
Closing Performance
 

 
 
 
 


Libretto
(PDF)

 
Recent Summer Productions
The Pirates of Penzance - 2017
The Gondoliers
- 2016
The Sorcerer - 2015
H.M.S. Pinafore
- 2014
Princess Ida
- 2013
Patience
- 2012
The Mikado - 2011
The Yeomen of the Guard - 2010
Iolanthe - 2009
 
 

Gilbert & Sullivan Austin

PO Box 684542 / Austin, Texas / 78768-4542 / 512.472.4772 / info@gilbertsullivan.org
 

This project is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com