Gilbert & Sullivan Austin presents as its 2018 Summer Grand Production “Ruddigore; or, The Witch’s Curse.” Nine performances will be presented at the Worley Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School, June 14-24. “Ruddigore” will thrill Austin theatergoers of all ages who delight in spectacular music along with a frightful topsy-turvy story of a virtuous heroine, a dastardly villain, deadly curses, and menacing ghosts!
One of W. S. Gilbert’s three favorites, this show has the potential to become a favorite for everyone, including those to whom it is entirely new. The opera parodies elements of Victorian melodrama, which was popular in the mid-nineteenth-century. There is a shyly sweet-mannered and poor-but-virtuous heroine. There is a dastardly villain who carries off the maiden. There is a manly hero in disguise. There is a disheveled, mad girl who creates one of the most unforgettable scenes in the show. There is a deadly curse. To add a special element, there are frightful, menacing ghosts.
Listen to the cast’s recent visit to Studio 1A in the player at the bottom of the post!
Art DiBianca – Robin/Ruthven
Corinna Browning – Rose
Shelby Schisler – Margaret
Sam Johnson – Despard
Jeanne Saski – accompanist
Ralph MacPhail Jr. – Artistic Director
Jeffery Jones – Ragona/Music Director