Mary Baldwin University Theatre’s performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’sThe Sorcererwill run February 8–9 and 13–16 at 7:30 p.m. and February 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. The operetta, directed by Frank Southerington, is classic G&S with its beautiful music and very silly plot. Spiked tea, miss-matched lovers, romance, and joyous mayhem guarantee to please both young lovers and lovers not-so-young.
Shae Armstrong stars as the lovely Aline who is betrothed to Alexis, a Grenadier Guard, played by Hank Fitzgerald. Local actor Bob Wright stirs up magic as the slightly disreputable sorcerer John Wellington Wells, while Ben Houseknecht wanders the stage as the nostalgic Vicar, Dr. Daly. Kent Zimmerman as Sir Marmaduke Pointdextre, Alexis’s father, and Rachel Ellenberger as Lady Sangazure, Aline’s mother, are former sweethearts, hoping to rekindle a lost love.
Rounding out the principal cast are Miranda Uphoff as the matchmaking Mrs. Partlet, Laura Bouchard as her lovesick daughter Constance, Emily Schimmel playing the part of Hercules the page, and Michael Lafferty as the deaf and doddering notary.
Chorus members include Terrace Althouse, Bronson Anderson, Rin Barton, Devon Burke, Dick Coleman, Sean Flattery, James D. Kiser, Laura Kleiner, Sam Koogler, Kasey Lohr, Annie McAree, Katelyn Scott, Ron Shelton, Jessica Taylor, Stuart Thomas, Rhea Vance-Cheng, Michael Vayvada, and Kenneth Whipple.
Tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens, and $10 for adults. Tickets may be purchased at the box office Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. or reserved by credit card by calling (540) 887-7189 during regular box office hours. An early sell-out is expected, so reserve tickets early!