June 13 - 23, 2019

Gilbert & Sullivan Austin presented as its 2019 Summer Grand Production "Iolanthe; or, The Peer and the Peri." Nine performances were performed at the Worley Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School, June 13-23. “Iolanthe” delighted Austin audiences of all ages with a topsy-turvy love story involving fairies and members of the House of Lords – a political fairy tale that only Gilbert & Sullivan could conceive.

About the Show

GSA Artistic Director Ralph MacPhail, Jr. returned for his 18th season. Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, returning for his 22nd season as Music Director, conducted the Gillman Light Opera Orchestra. Bill Hatcher returned as Production Manager.

First performed in 1882, “Iolanthe” is the seventh of fourteen operatic collaborations by Gilbert and Sullivan. It is universally regarded as one of Sir Arthur Sullivan’s most beautiful scores - a high water mark in terms of music, wit, cleverness, and color – with incredible choruses, wonderful solos and orchestration beyond compare. Peers, British noblemen and honorable members of Parliament encounter Peris, lovelorn fairies from a golden glen – a collision of powerful mortals with feet of clay and immortal beings wielding magic wands. The result - havoc is wreaked in the House of Lords!

Critic Reviews

CTX Live Theater (Review #1)
CTx Live Theater (Review #2)
Austin Chronicle Arts & Culture (feature pg. 24)


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Arthur DiBianca
The Lord Chancellor

Sam Johnson
Earl of Mountararat

Dalton Flake
Earl Tolloller

Russell Gregory
Private Willis

Holton Johnson

Bethany Ammon
Queen of the Fairies

Shelby Schisler

Corinna Browning

Janette Jones

Leann Fryer

Angela Irving


Amy Selby

Courtney Katzmeyer

Sofia Follman

Stefanie Taylor

Jasmine Groff

Alexandra Roubinek

Chrishawn Michelle Floyd

Linda Grace Perez

Tess Jackson

Abbie Brown

Andy Fleming

Brett Hardy

Garrett Cordes

Ian Stillwell

Jeffrey C. Brister

Trinidad Agostino

Frederick Bothwell III

Jay Young

Julius Young

Matthew Leary

Gavin George

Royanne Kelly
The Lord Chancellor's Train Bearer

Production Team

Ralph MacPhail, Jr.
Artistic Director

Jeffrey Jones-Ragona
Music Director

Bill Hatcher
Production Manager

Adam Gunderson
Stage Manager

Ann Marie Gordon
Set Designer

Jennifer Rogers
Lighting Designer

Pam Fowler
Costumes & Make-up Designer

Previous Grand Productions

Ruddigore – 2018

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The Pirates of Penzance – 2017

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The Gondoliers – 2016

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