Ruddigore 2021

Poster design by Tom McGregor and Mary Olson

“Spring and summer pleasure you,
Autumn, aye, and winter too
Every season has its cheer,
Life is lovely all the year!”

—The Full Company
Ruddigore
The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company’s Production of

Ruddigore, or The Witch’s Curse

June 4 to 27, 2021

The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company is pleased to announce that it will remount its production of Ruddigore, conditions permitting!

 

A Word of Thanks and a Word of Hope

 

This production will be directed by Joe Andrews, with choreography by Penelope Freeh and music direction by Dr. Randal Buikema.

Ruddigore, or The Witch’s Curse, is Gilbert and Sullivan’s parody of Victorian melodrama, traditionally set in the Regency Period, decades before Gilbert and Sullivan’s time.  In our upcoming production, Director Joe Andrews will take us decades before our time with his vision of Ruddigore set as a 1940s film of the golden age of cinema with elements of classic MGM musicals, film noir, and the screwball comedies from Hawks, Vidor and Capra.

Ruddigore tells the story of Robin, a young farmer who has a dark secret.  He is really Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd, the rightful Baronet of Ruddigore, who has gone into hiding.  The Baronets of Ruddigore are cursed and anyone who succeeds to the title has to commit a crime every day, or perish in agony.  His younger brother, Despard, believing Ruthven to be dead, has assumed the title.  Robin is in love with Rose Maybud, a beautiful village maiden, but Richard, his foster brother, who is seeking Rose for himself, tells Despard of Robin’s deception, and Robin is forced to accept his true position, losing Rose to Richard in the process.

Once he becomes the Baronet of Ruddigore, Robin must face the ghosts of his ancestors who confront him to ensure that he commits his daily crime.  So far, he’s done so half-heartedly at best!  Robin eventually discovers a legal loophole in the curse which leads to a typically Gilbertian happy ending!

Ruddigore was the tenth collaboration between Gilbert and Sullivan, following The Mikado and proceeding The Yeomen of the Guard.  It opened on January 21, 1887 at the Savoy Theatre and ran for 288 performances.

Seth Tychon Šteidl as Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd (Robin Oakapple), Sarah Wind Richens as Rose Maybud and Anthony Rohr as Richard Dauntless

Seth Tychon Šteidl as Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd (Robin Oakapple),
Sarah Wind Richens as Rose Maybud and
Anthony Rohr as Richard Dauntless

Ruddigore Spring 2021 Cast

The cast for this production of Ruddigore includes:

     Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd (Robin Oakapple): Seth Tychon Šteidl
     Rose Maybud:                                           Sarah Wind Richens
     Sir Despard Murgatroyd:                           Joe Allen
     Mad Margaret:                                          Lara Trujillo
     Richard Dauntless:                                   Anthony Rohr
     Dame Hannah:                                         Deb Haas
     Sir Roderic Murgatroyd:                            Scott Benson
     Zorah:                                                     Sarah Mehle
     Old Adam:                                               Waldyn Benbenek
     Ruth:                                                       Cassie Utt

Chorus of Bridesmaids, Bucks and Blades, Townspeople and Ghosts

Mary Mescher Benbenek Maggie Benham
James Brooks Kelly Danger
Jeff Erickson Doug Freeman
Clyde Gerber Mary Gregory
Stephen Hage Gabe Heffernan
Rylan Hefner Shawn Holt
Kaitlin Klemencic Dean Laurance
Anna Maher Wendy Matsutani
Kali McMillan Blanka Melbostad
Charlotte Morrison John Orbison
Eric Pasternack Richard Rames
Lowell Rice Sarah Shervey
Thomas Sonneman Rhea Sullivan
Felix Aguilar Tomlinson Holly Windle

 

Two excellent internet resources for information about Ruddigore:

Wikipedia – Ruddigore

The Gilbert & Sullivan Archive – Ruddigore

 

All performances will be at the Howard Conn Fine Arts Center, at Plymouth Congregational Church, located at 1900 Nicollet Avenue South, in Minneapolis.  Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 7:30 pm. The Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2:00 pm.

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