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The Panto of the Opera,
by Stuart Ardern
Nov. 14, 20 & 21, 2015 at 8pm
Nov. 15 & 21, 2015 at 2pm

Stage Director: Ken Mammarella
Music Director: Helene Furlong

Start the holiday season right with a British tradition — the holiday panto. Our show is a raucous retelling of “The Phantom of the Opera.” Madame Zola, the new owner of the Paris Opera Company, faces many challenges, some serious and some absurd: aspiring playwrights pester her with their dubious offerings; a workplace inspector repeatedly requests impractical safety upgrades; a shady character threatens to shut the Opera House down if a large debt isn’t settled quickly, and the Opera House ghost extends an inordinate amount of attention to one of the new singers.

Other memorable characters include operatic diva Carlotta Vermicelli, artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, a pantomime horse, and the wonderful singers and dancers you expect from Ardensingers productions. All social conventions are fair game for some light-hearted, innocent merriment. Audience participation is expected, so cheer for the good guys and hiss at the villains (if you dare!).

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H.M.S. Pinafore,

by Gilbert & Sullivan

April 22, 23, 29 & 30, 2016 at 8pm
April 24 & 30, 2016 at 2pm

Stage Director: Sam Griffin
Music Director: Helene Furlong

Captain Corcoran has prospered as captain of H.M.S. Pinafore, and hopes to further improve the family’s societal standing by making a marriage match for his daughter Josephine with Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty.  Josephine is conflicted, because she’s fallen in love with a “common” sailor, Ralph Rackstraw, while Sir Joseph’s attentions “nauseate” her. She finally sets her mind to elope with Ralph, after hearing Sir Joseph lecture the captain and crew that “a British sailor is any man’s equal” (excepting his).  Everything is sorted out in typical topsy-turvy G&S fashion, with the captain, Josephine, and Sir Joseph ending up with appropriate marriage partners.  Issues of social class are the target of Gilbert’s wit in this production, accompanied by some of Sullivan’s most memorable music.

Auditions are scheduled for September 17 and 20, 2015.  For more information, visit our Auditions page, and scroll down to the H.M.S. Pinafore section.