While their menfolk are away at maneuvers with the local unit of the National Guard, the women of the Wilderland Independent Ladies Dance Ensemble are passionately pursuing the Next Best Thing…in this case, that Beat poet from New York City, then a Singing Cowboy. When the military men return, they are confounded by the changing tide of their ladies’ love but, deciding it is better to switch than fight, go with the latest craze…even if it means putting on strange clothing and poses. Eventually everyone ends up with a suitable partner…or do they???
Suggested by a Film by Ingmar Bergman
Originally Produced and Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
Twenty five years after being banished from Fairyland for marrying a mortal, Iolanthe returns seeking protection for her now grown son who’s half-fairy, half-mortal. When he falls in love with the ward of the Lord Chancellor, both Fairyland and the Houses of Parliament nearly fall to pieces.
Stage Director & Choreographer – GARY SLAVIN
Music Director & Conductor – ZACHARY SCHWARTZMAN
Assistant Director & Choreographer – JANET BUSHOR
Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, or The Slave of Duty, is a perennial favorite of audiences of all ages. It tells the story of Pirate apprentice Frederic, who at the age of 21 has completed his term on board and is ready to go and seek his fortune, and to fall in love with the beautiful daughter of a local Major General… but is thwarted by the discovery that his birthday on February 29th and therefore he has only celebrated 5 of them. Hilarity ensues!