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.

Performances are June 7 and 8, 8pm.

The lead roles are set, but there is still room in the chorus. If you know someone who might be interested, please let them know they are welcome! More info.

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.



Congratulations to the Cast!

Iolanthe – Juliet Stevenson

Fairy Ruler (the artist formerly known as Fairy Queen) – Henry Walters

Phyllis – Jessie Cali + Lulu Eddy

Tolloller – Eeshan Chakrabarti + Dylan Scopetski

Mountararat – Owen Hefferman + Joe Bromley

Strephon – Isabella Scopetski + Becca Johnson

Chancellor – Venice Mountain-Zona + Ben Horsburgh

Willis/Sentry – Caleb Johnson + Henri Engstrom

Celia – Grace Walters

Leila – Hannah Markelz

Fleta (solo part to be added) – Alisha Gandhi



Printable Rehearsal Schedule

Rehearsal Schedule 

Saturday April 6; 1:00-4:00 pm, Sanctuary                                           Full cast

Saturday April 27; 10:00 am-1:00 pm, Sanctuary                                 Full cast

Saturday May 4; 1:00-4:00 pm, Sanctuary                                            Full cast

Monday May 6; 4:00-6:15 pm, Sacred Heart                                         Full cast

Tuesday May 7; 3:30-5:30pm, Sacred Heart                                         Leads

Wednesday May 8; 3:30-5:30pm, Sacred Heart                                    Leads

Thursday May 9; 3:30-5:30pm, Sacred Heart                                        Leads

Saturday May 11; 10:00 am-1:00 pm, Sanctuary                                  Full cast

Sunday May 12; 12:00-2:00pm, Location TBD                                      Leads music TBD

Monday May 13, 4:00-6:15, Sacred Heart                                             Full cast

Tuesday May 14; 3:30-5:30pm, Sacred Heart                                       Leads

Wednesday May 15; 3:30-5:30pm, Sacred Heart                                 Leads

Thursday May 16; 3:30-5:30pm, Sacred Heart                                     Leads

Saturday May 18; 1:00-4:00 pm, Sanctuary                                          Full cast

Sunday May 19; 12:00-2:00pm, Location TBD                                      Leads music TBD

Monday May 20; 4:00-6:15, Sacred Heart                                             Full cast

Tuesday May 21; 3:30-5:30pm, Sacred Heart                                       Leads

Wednesday May 22; 3:30-5:30pm, Sacred Heart                                  Leads

Thursday May 23; 3:30-5:30pm, Sacred Heart                                      Leads

Monday May 27; 3:00-6:15, Sacred Heart                                             Full cast

Saturday June 1; 1:00-4:00 pm, Sanctuary                                            Full cast

Monday June 3; 5:00-10:00, Sacred Heart                                            Full cast Run

Tuesday June 4; 5:00-10:00, Sacred Heart                                           Dress (Fri cast)

Wednesday June 5; 5:00-10:00, Sacred Heart                                      Dress (Sat cast)

Friday June 7; Sacred Heart                                                                  Show

Saturday June 8; Sacred Heart                                                              Show


Chorus: To learn your parts:  here’s a link to practice recordings for all the chorus parts. You’ll need to have your score in front of you. If you don’t have a printed score available (because I’m holding onto the scores for now for our Monday rehearsals), you can find one online here.

Leads: To learn your parts: we’ll be putting together some online folders of recordings for you, and we will schedule ad hoc (that’s Latin for “whatever whenever”) individual practice sessions with each of you. Look for a message about that and RSVP (that’s French for “let me know”).


Take part in Iolanthe, co-directed by Sara Haugland DeLong and Vivian Montgomery, produced by Simon Horsburgh. EVERYONE is invited to be a production volunteer! Help with:

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

Sign up to help here. Please contact producer Simon Horsburgh at with questions or interest about being part of the volunteer corps!