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27th Festival Season - 2005


or The Peer and the Peri
By: Gilbert and Sullivan
Premiere: Savoy Theater, London, November 25, 1882

Twenty-five years after her banishment from Fairyland for marrying a mortal, a crime usually punishable by death, Iolanthe has been pardoned. She had a son by this illicit marriage, Strephon, who is therefore half mortal and half fairy. He is in love with Phyllis, whom he is determined to marry. However, to do so, he needs the consent of her guardian, the Lord Chancellor, who shows little enthusiasm for the idea of his ward marrying a mere shepherd. When Strephon turns to his mother for comfort, Phyllis misinterprets their intimacy (as a fairy, Iolanthe has not physically aged beyond seventeen years) and, believing him to be unfaithful, renounces him. Although he protests that Iolanthe is his mother, his claims are met with derision by Phyllis and the peers (who are unaware of his parentage), and even the intervention of the Queen of the Fairies cannot persuade them otherwise. Furious at their attitude, the queen declares that Strephon will enter Parliament and work to overthrow all the privileges enjoyed by the nobility, a job at which he is successful. However, he finds no substitute for Phyllis, and, with no further reason to conceal it, he reveals his fairy origins to her. This explains Iolanthe's apparent youth, and the couple becomes re-engaged. At Strephon's request, Iolanthe puts their case to the Lord Chancellor, but has to disguise herself before doing so, as, unbeknownst to him, he is her mortal husband, and she is forbidden to enlighten him under pain of death. Unfortunately, when he declares that he has decided to marry Phyllis himself, she is forced to reveal her true identity, although this will mean forfeiting her life. However, when it emerges that the other fairies have committed the ultimate offense and married the mortal peers, the Lord Chancellor suggests that the law be amended so that it is a crime for any fairy not to marry a mortal. The Queen happily selects a mortal for herself and invites the whole company to join her in Fairyland.

Production Team
Conductor Robert Katkov-Trevino
Stage Director Steven Daigle
Choreographer Carol Hageman
Set Designer Tymberley A. Wittrig
Costume Designer Daniel Jones
Lighting Designer Danielle Baisden
Assistant Stage Director Amy Pfrimmer
Celia, a fairy Jessica Hornsten
Lelia, a fairy Shannon Langman
Queen of the Fairies Sandra Ross
Elizabeth Mitchell
Iolanthe, a fairy, Strephon's mother Sahara Glasener
Betha Christopher
Fleta, a fairy Lisa Gerstenkorn
Strephon, an Arcadian servant Jonathan Michie
Vernon Di Carlo
Phyllis, an Arcadian shepherdess and Ward in Chancery Danielle McCormick
Rachel Rowe
Lord Chancellor Ted Christopher
Lord Tolloller Brian Tanner
Lord Mountarat Michael Hix
Private Willis, of the Grenadier Gaurds James Mismas
Women of the Ensemble: Sarah Asmar, Alta Boover, Betha Christopher, Robin De Leon, Sara Gartland, Lisa Gerstenkorn, Sahara Glasener, Catherine Greer, Jessica Hornsten, Shannon Langman, Claire Maloney, Danielle McCormick, Elizabeth Mitchell, Amy Pfrimmer, Sandra Ross, Rachel Rowe, Kari Sorenson, Sarah Walker
Men of the Ensemble: Kevin Blickfeltd, Jeremiah Butterfield, Ted Christopher, Vernon Di Carlo, Samuel Haddad, Michael Hix, Grant Knox, Joshua Kohl, Justin Legris, Jonathan Michie, James Mismas, Tyler Nelson, Brian Tanner, Zachary Wilder