The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin

Ruddigore 2007
Austin audiences were delighted by our Summer 2007 Production of Ruddigore. A fantastically talented group of performers and musicians, under the direction of Artistic Director Ralph MacPhail, Jr. and Musical Director Jeffrey Jones Ragona, once again brought the humor and musical brilliance of Gilbert & Sullivan to appreciative crowds. See photos

Performances were held at the Texas School for the Deaf auditorium from June 7th through 24th. The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin thanks all the performers, audiences, Society members, and sponsors for making this a truely special production.

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The story takes place in the village of Rederring, where none of the village girls stand a chance at marriage because all the young men love Rose Maybud, but do not measure up to her strict standards of etiquette. Robin Oakapple also loves Rose, but is too shy to court her, partly because he is the accursed Baronet of Ruddigore, disguised. His younger brother Despard bears the burden of the curse: he must commit a crime every day or die in agony.

Robin's foster brother, Richard, seeking Rose for himself, tells Despard about Robin's deception, and Despard transfers the curse back to Robin. The ghosts of his ancestors confront Robin for failing to conscientiously carry out his duty. Robin agrees to execute the curse faithfully, but finds a clever solution to the whole problem after all.Apprenticed as a child to a band of tenderhearted, orphaned pirates, Frederic completes his 21st year of his indentures and decides to return to respectable society. He meets, Mabel, the youngest of General Stanley's daughters, and falls in love.

But by a twist of fate, it turns out that he was born on February 29 in leap year, and he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday.

By the end of the opera, the pirates, a Major General who knows nothing of military strategy, his large family of beautiful but unwed daughters, and the timid constabulary all contribute to a cacophony that can be silenced only by Queen Victoria's name.
Starring: Trey Deason (Robin Oakapple/Ruthven Murgatroyd), Glay Marie Posch (Rose Maybud), Michael Borysow (Richard Dauntless), Frank Delvy (Despard Murgatroyd), Janette Jones (Mad Margaret), Russell Gregory (Sir Roderic), Patricia Combs (Dame Hannah), David Fontenot (Old Adam), Christine Walsh (Zorah), and Mandy Summers (Ruth).

Chorus: Janet Forman, Daniel Brookshire, Taylor Garrison, Arthur DiBianca, Angela Irving, Andy Fleming, Alicia Jumonville, Mark Long, Ann Moeller, John Lopez, Christy Munger, Ariel Rios, Rain Nox, Mark Rodman, Erin Pivek, Jordan Smith, Emily Price, Derek Smootz, Katherine Wiggins and Jay Young.
Click to listen
to KMFA 89.5FM's Classical Austin. Dianne Donovan talks with Ralph MacPhail, Jr. and Jeffrey Jones-Ragona.
Austin Chronicle Review
Ruddigore Youth Guide (pdf)

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