Operetta 2019: Iolanthe
Performances are June 7 and 8, 7:30pm.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com/event/4252145 or at the door.
Performances are at Sacred Heart Parish Center Social Hall (temporary location due to Follen’s construction)
718 Massachusetts Avenue (enter from Follen Road), Lexington.
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.
Leads: Leads will be chorus on their non-lead night.
Iolanthe – Juliet Stevenson
Fairy Ruler (the artist formerly known as Fairy Queen) – Henry Walters
Phyllis – Jessie Cali
Tolloller – Eeshan Chakrabarti (Friday) + Dylan Scopetski (Saturday)
Mountararat – Owen Hefferman
Strephon – Becca Johnson (Friday) + Isabella Scopetski (Saturday)
Chancellor – Ben Horsburgh (Friday) + Venice Mountain-Zona (Saturday)
Willis/Sentry – Henri Engstrom
Celia – Grace Walters
Leila – Hannah Markelz
Fleta (solo part to be added) – Alisha Gandhi
Alexandra Engstrom, Samantha Engstrom, Rohan Gandhi, Riley Griffith, Ian Horsburgh, Alice Markelz, Lucy Markelz, Maisie Rines, Annika Truslow
Marjory Feingold Thoryn, Jack Markelz, Alyssa McKee, Tanner Roof, Magnus Truslow
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:
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”).
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.
- stage management
Sign up to help here. Please contact producer Simon Horsburgh at email@example.com with questions or interest about being part of the volunteer corps!