Tuesday, 20 May 2014

The Yorkshire Opera Workshop Presents Iolanthe, May 27-30 TunedIn, Redcar

The Yorkshire Opera Workshop is a new arts group in Teesside! It launched last year in Saltburn with a spirited production of Dido and Aeneas and Mushroom Pizza at the Saltburn Community Theatre.

Now,they return for a second season in 2014 with Iolanthe, a classic comic-opera by the famed Gilbert & Sullivan. 

It follows the story of a band of fairies who find themselves entangled in a complicated story of love, marriage, and the House of Peers. 

Fourteen young singers from across North America have travelled to Saltburn and Redcar to spend three weeks rehearsing and performing. Local baritone Jacob Ditchburn joins them as a member of the Lord’s Chorus.


Iolanthe (1882)by W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan
This was the first of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas to open at the Savoy Theatre. The story concerns a band of immortal fairies who find themselves at odds with the House of Lords. The opera satirises many aspects of British government and law and is as relevant and funny today as it was in the Victorian era!

Stage Director: Nina Scott-Stoddart & David Mosey
Music Director: Gregory Myra
Stage Manager: Stephanie Kincade
Producer: Marja Ernst

Lord Chancellor: Adam Harris
Lord Mountararat: Richard Langlois/Justin Ralph
Lord Tolloller: Justin Ralph/Richard Langlois
Private Willis: Jonathon Weller
Strephon: Matthew Feener
Queen of the Fairies: Monike Porter
Iolanthe: Madison Arsenault
Celia: Brittany Stewart/Karen Slater
Leila: JacqulineEcle/Emily Roughley
Fleta: Eva Ernst
Phyllis: Susan Watkins/ Marissa Solow
Lord’s Chorus: Jacob Ditchburn / David Mosey

Iolanthe will be performed at TunedIn in Redcar on May 27, 28, 29, and 30 at 7:00 pm.  Tickets are £7 for adults, and £5 for students and seniors and can be purchased online at Eventbrite or at the door.

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