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Gilbert & Sullivan's Ruddigore - Friday, January 26 to Sunday, February 4!

posted 6 Dec 2017, 08:55 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 8 Feb 2018, 09:43 ]
St. Anne’s Music & Drama Society, in its 55th year, will present Gilbert & Sullivan’s Ruddigore from January 26 to February 4, 2018 in the Parish Hall, 651 Dufferin Street. 

"Ruddigore, or The Witch's Curse" was the 10th collaboration between Gilbert and Sullivan. The "supernatural opera" opened on January 21, 1887 at the Savoy Theatre and ran for 288 performances. 

The opera is a parody of the stock melodrama — the villain who carries off the maiden; the priggishly good-mannered poor-but-virtuous-heroine; the hero in disguise, and his faithful old retainer who dreams of their former glory days; the snake in the grass who claims to be following his heart; the wild, mad girl; the swagger of fire-eating patriotism; ghosts coming to life to enforce a curse; and so forth. 

But as one critic noted, Gilbert turns the moral absolutes of melodrama upside down: Good becomes bad, bad becomes good, and heroes take the easy way out.
MADS performances are professionally costumed, skillfully staged with a large chorus, and musically enhanced by an 18-piece orchestra. Tickets are available at 416.922.4415. 

There will be four evening and four matinee performances at 7:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. respectively. 
  • Friday, January 26, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 27, 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 27, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 28, 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 1, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 2, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 3, 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 4, 2:00 p.m.
For further information, please email royschatz@bell.netYou may also view or download an order form, which gives information about prices and timing, by visiting our downloads page (scroll down to the Music at St. Anne's section).