The familiar ingredients of a love story… a young maiden, a timid bachelor… a sailor. Add music and dancing, anxious bridesmaids, a crazy woman, and a family curse, and you get Mary Baldwin Theatre’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore.
Under the direction of Dr. Frank Southerington, with the musical direction of Brian Holsopple, Ruddigore is a whirlwind musical of love, deceit, and hysterics. The cast is led by Leslie Rueff as innocent Rose Maybud, and Michael Morris as her true love Robin Oakapple. Cara Costigan plays her eccentric Aunt Hannah, who once loved the now dead Sir Roderick performed by Stevens Garlick. Eleanor Perkinson as Mad Margaret adds a touch of lunacy. Robin’s foster brother Richard, the evil baronet Sir Despard, and the faithful servant Adam are performed by Sam Johnson, Brent Hull, and Mike Vayvada, respectively. A chorus of bridesmaids and ancestors fill the stage for this evening of fun.
Ruddigore will be performed in the Fletcher Collins Theatre in Deming Hall Friday and Saturday, February 8 and 9, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 10, at 2 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday, February 13 through 16, at 8 p.m.; and February 17 at 2 p.m. You can reserve tickets by MasterCard or Visa by calling the Mary Baldwin box office at (540) 887-7189. Office hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and students.