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A Frightful and Hilarious Topsy-Turvy Musical Delight

Worley Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School
11908 N. Lamar | Map |Seating Chart

Gilbert & Sullivan Austin presented as its 2018 Summer Grand Production "Ruddigore; or, The Witch's Curse." Nine performances were performed at the Worley Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School, June 14-24. “Ruddigore” thrilled 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!

GSA Artistic Director Ralph MacPhail, Jr. returned for his 17th season. Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, returning for his 21st season as Music Director, will conducted the Gillman Light Opera Orchestra. Bill Hatcher returned as Production Manager.

"Ruddigore” was the 10th collaboration between Gilbert and Sullivan. This “supernatural opera” opened on January 21, 1887, at the Savoy Theatre and ran for 288 performances.

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.

Gilbert turns melodrama upside-down in his comical topsy-turvy fashion: The hero becomes evil, the villain becomes good, and the virtuous maiden changes fianc├ęs at the blink of an eye. The ghosts come to life, fulfilling the curse, but all ends happily.

Of course, these hilarious plot devices wouldn’t be G&S without the melodious music of Sullivan, always perfectly suited to the clever lyrics of Gilbert. Many melodies will linger in your memory, such as “When the night wind howls,” “There grew a little flower,” and “I know a youth.”

Sir Roderic Murgatroyd
Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd
Sir Despard Murgatroyd
Richard Dauntless
Old Adam Goodheart
Rose Maybud
Mad Margaret
Dame Hannah
Julius Young
Arthur DiBianca
Sam Johnson
Danny Castillo
Reagan Murdock
Corinna Browning
Shelby Schisler
Patricia Combs
Abigail Adams
Sarah Manna
Officers, Ancestors, Professional Bridesmaids, & Villagers
Women’s Chorus:
Bethany Ammon, Bonnie Bogovich, Hannah Cooper, Chantal Freeman, Leann Fryer, Rosa Mondragon Harris, Janette Jones, Ellie Mellen, Iona Olive, Alexandra Roubinek, and Amy Selby

Men’s Chorus:
Brenham Adams, Garrett Cordes, Andy Fleming, Jake Jacobsen, David Kaufman, Mark Long, Jim Newsome, Ian Stillwell, and Jay Young

Visit the photo gallery to see more photos

Playbill (PDF)
Press Photo (PDF)
Press Image (JPG)
Press Release (PDF)
Poster (PDF)

CTX Live Theatre
David Glen Robinson
Broadway World
Lynn Beaver
Austin American-Statesman
Andrew J. Friedenthal

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Artistic Director Ralph MacPhail previews "Ruddigore"

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A sneak peek at a
music rehearsal.
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Photos from the production, behind the scenes, and the opening weekend Gala.
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KMFA 89.5 FM | "Classical Austin"
with Dianne Donovan
Wednesday, June 13

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KUTX 98.9FM | "Eklektikos"
with John Aielli
Thursday, June 14
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The Gondoliers
- 2016
The Sorcerer - 2015
H.M.S. Pinafore
- 2014
Princess Ida
- 2013
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The Mikado - 2011
The Yeomen of the Guard - 2010
Iolanthe - 2009

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