Follen’s Tradition

For more than 55 years, Follen has put on a Spring musical production, in the form of operettas by Gilbert and Sullivan. This tradition celebrates music, humor and widespread participation for children and youth of many ages who are supported by adults in the church community.  The operetta draws in many talents (to build sets, costumes sell tickets, and more) and strengthens the bonds within our congregation. The spring musical is Iolanthe.


Auditions for Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe lead roles (Grades 8-12) are Sunday January 27, 12:30-4:30 pm.

All who audition will be given a role! Detailed audition information is now available.

Performances are June 7 and 8, 8pm.


About the show

The fantastical satire Iolanthe has delighted audiences since 1882 with its clever combination of romance, humor, political satire, and memorable musical numbers. Iolanthe is a fairy who has committed a capital offense by marrying a mortal; rather than being killed, she was instead banished from the fairy kingdom, never to see her husband again. Twenty-five years later, at the start of the show, the fairies still miss Iolanthe deeply and convince the Fairy Queen to allow her to return. Iolanthe reveals that she bore her mortal husband a son, Strephon, who is a fairy down to the waist but has mortal legs. Strephon also happens to have fallen in love with the Lord Chancellor’s beautiful and much sought-after ward, Phyllis, who loves him in return but does not know of his mixed lineage. Strephon enlists his mother and the rest of the fairies to help him win his lover’s hand by convincing the Lord Chancellor and the government to allow them to marry. Because of misunderstanding and conniving on the part of the Peers (of the House of Lords), the fairies make Strephon a member of Parliament, magically able to pass any bill he wants. In the meantime, the fairies all fall in love with members of the House of Peers, and the Fairy Queen finds herself with a political and moral mess on her hands. In true Gilbert and Sullivan fashion, the tangled plot unravels and all ends well.

Take part in Iolanthe

Co-directed by Sara Haugland DeLong and Vivian Montgomery, produced by Simon Horsburgh.

All Follen youth are invited to participate as performers. To be part of the cast, youth need to join the Children’s Choir (grades 1-5, rehearsing Mondays 4-5pm) or Youth Choir (grades 6-12, rehearsing Monday 5-6pm), starting in early January, and committing to sing in the year’s 4 remaining services, in addition to the operetta itself. Please contact Follen’s Director of Music Vivian Montgomery with questions or interest about being part of the cast.

EVERYONE is invited to be a production volunteer! Help with:

  • sets
  • costumes
  • lighting
  • publicity
  • props
  • kid-wrangling
  • stage management


Please contact producer Simon Horsburgh at with questions or interest about being part of the volunteer corps!


Parent Informational Meeting,  Sunday January 27, 11:45am – 12:15pm, Marshman Center  A drop-in informational meeting for parents to officially commit and learn about details of the schedule and production will be held on Sunday January 27 between the end of church and the start of auditions.


Rehearsals :

  • Saturday April 6; Time TBD based on cast availability
  • Saturday April 27; Time TBD based on cast availability
  • Saturday May 4; Time TBD based on cast availability
  • Monday May 6;  4:00-6:15pm
  • Tuesday May 7; 3:30-5:30pm
  • Wednesday May 8; 3:30-5:30pm
  • Thursday May 9; 3:30-5:30pm
  • Saturday May 11; Time TBD based on cast availability
  • Sunday May 12; 12:00-2:00pm
  • Monday May 13; 4:00-6:15pm
  • Tuesday May 14; 3:30-5:30pm
  • Wednesday May 15; 3:30-5:30pm
  • Thursday May 16; 3:30-5:30pm
  • Saturday May 18; Time TBD based on cast availability
  • Sunday May 19; 12:00-2:00pm
  • Monday May 20; 4:00-6:15pm
  • Tuesday May 21; 3:30-5:30pm
  • Wednesday May 22; 3:30-5:30pm
  • Thursday May 23; 3:30-5:30pm
  • Monday May 27; 3:00-6:15pm
  • Tuesday May 28; 3:30-5:30pm
  • Wednesday May 39; 3:30-5:30pm
  • Thursday May 30; 3:30-5:30pm
  • Saturday June 1; Time TBD based on cast availability


Technical Rehearsals

  • Monday June 3 – 5-10 p.m. – run
  • Tuesday June 4 – 5-10 p.m. – dress run for Friday cast
  • Wednesday June 5 – 3-10 p.m. – dress run for Saturday cast


Performances :

  • Friday June 7 – 8pm performance
  • Saturday June 8 – 8pm performance


Click here for specific information about preparing for your audition.