The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin

The Yeomen of the Guard / 2010
Austin Gilbert & Sullivan audiences were thrilled by the magical Summer 2010 Grand Production of The Yeomen of the Guard - with nine performances by a sparkling cast and orchestra, June 10-20.
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Produced by the Society only once before in its history in 1997, this richly textured show captivated all with its magnificent score, rousing choruses, colorful pageantry, and topsy-turvy humor.

Artistic Director Ralph MacPhail, Jr. and Musical Director Jeffrey Jones-Ragona presented an unforgettable Gilbert & Sullivan classic, with an ever-changing emotional balance of joy and despair, humor and pathos.

Performances were held at the Travis High School Performing Arts Center.

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin thanks all the performers, the Gillman Light Opera Orchestra, sponsors, volunteers, Society members, and enthusiastic audiences for making this year's show such a joy.

Both Gilbert & Sullivan considered The Yeomen of the Guard to be their favorite collaboration.

The Yeomen
opened October 3, 1888, at the Savoy Theatre and ran for 423 performances. Possibly the most daring of the Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas, Yeomen ends with at least two reluctant engagements, rather than the usual armful of marriages. Record audiences were entertained by The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin's Summer 2011 Grand Production of The Mikado; or, The Town of Titipu. Nine performances, running June 9-19, captivated Austin - as our cast, orchestra, and crew once again created a G&S classic with artistry and delight.

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2010 B. Iden Payne Awards
B. Iden Payne AwardsCongratulations to Michelle Haché for winning the B. Iden Payne award for Outstanding Lead Actress in Music Theatre for her performance as Elsie Maynard in The Yeomen of the Guard. Other nominations from Yeomen included; Outstanding Production of Music Theatre -The Yeomen of the Guard, Outstanding Director of Music Theatre - Ralph MacPhail, Jr., Outstanding Music Director - Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, Outstanding Lead Actor in Music Theatre - Holton Johnson as Colonel Fairfax, Outstanding Lead Actress in Music Theatre - Patricia Combs as Phoebe Meryll, and Outstanding Featured Actor in Music Theatre - David Fontenot as Wilfred Shadbolt.

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The setting of Yeomen is laid in the Tower of London in Shakespearean times. The plot concerns Colonel Fairfax, a gentleman, soldier and scientist, who has been sentenced to be beheaded in an hour on a false charge of sorcery. To avoid leaving his estate to his accuser (a cousin), and with the help of the Lieutenant of the Tower, Fairfax secretly marries Elsie Maynard, a strolling singer.

The bride agrees to be blindfolded during the ceremony and expects to be a well-paid widow in an hour. With the help of the Meryll family, Fairfax escapes, throwing the Tower into confusion and the astonished Elsie (and her mentor, the jester Jack Point, who loves her) into despair.

But Fairfax, disguised as Leonard Meryll, woos Elsie, and after a number of plot complications are worked out, she falls in love with Fairfax and leaves Jack Point broken-hearted.
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to KMFA 89.5FM's Classical Austin. Dianne Donovan talks with Ralph MacPhail, Jr. and Jeffrey Jones-Ragona.
Yeomen Playbill
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Austin American-Statesman
interview with Michelle Haché
Media Information
Press Release (pdf)
Publicity Poster (pdf)
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Recent Summer Productions
Iolanthe - 2009
The Pirates of Penzance - 2008
Ruddigore - 2007

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin

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