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Hillsboro Artists' Regional Theatre Presents: Light Opera of Portland's Iolanthe ~ by W.S. Gilbert, Music by Arthur Sullivan. ~ Directed by Laurence Cox. ~ 7/19/2024 - 8/4/2024

Hillsboro Artists' Regional Theatre presents: 

Light Opera of Portland's Iolanthe ~ by W.S. Gilbert, Music by Arthur Sullivan. ~ Directed by Laurence Cox.

Synopsis: 

Iolanthe, or The Peer and the Peri, opened at the Savoy Theatre on November 25, 1882, three nights after the final performance of Patience at the same theatre, and ran for 398 performances.

Gilbert had taken pot shots at the aristocracy before, but in this "fairy opera," the House of Lords is lampooned as a bastion of the ineffective, privileged and dim-witted. The political party system and other institutions also come in for a dose of satire. Yet, both author and composer managed to couch the criticism among such bouncy, amiable absurdities that it is all received as good fun.

Both Gilbert and Sullivan were at the height of their creative powers in 1882, and many people feel that Iolanthe, their seventh work together, is the most perfect of their collaborations.

Strephon, an Arcadian shepherd, wants to marry Phyllis, a Ward of Chancery. Phyllis does not know that Strephon is half fairy (his upper half — his legs are mortal!) and when she sees Strephon kissing a seemingly young woman, she assumes the worst. But her "rival" turns out to be none other than Strephon's own mother, Iolanthe, a fairy — fairies never grow old.

But Phyllis’s guardian, the Lord Chancellor, and half the peers in the House of Lords, are sighing after her. Soon the peers and the fairies are virtually at war, and long friendships are nearly torn asunder. But all is happily sorted out, thanks to the “subtleties of the legal mind.” (G & S Archive)

CAST

The Lord Chancellor
Laurence Cox
Earl of Mountararat
Casey LeBold
Earl Tolloller
Tom Harper
Private Willis (of the Grenadier Guards)
Mike Mendyke
Strephon (an Arcadian Shepherd)
Carl Dahlquist
Queen of the Fairies
Morena Colombetti
Iolanthe (a Fairy, Strephon’s Mother)
Phoebe Gildea
Celia (a Fairy)
Rebecca Raccanelli
Leila (a Fairy)
Sheryl Wood
Fleta (a Fairy)
Dominique Garrison
Phyllis (an Arcadian Shepherdess and Ward of Chancery) 
Ireland McNeill

CHORUS OF FAIRIES
Nan Dahlquist, Jack Wattier, Aurea Taylor, Cathrine Huard, Jani VanPelt, Shirley Liu
CHORUS OF PEERS
Chase Reinhold, Maren Symonds, Riven Dederian, Henry Coates, Todd Fisher, Alex Hemsath, Rawdon Taylor
SWINGS
Lindsay Lefler, Mila Ortiz, Alex Hemsath, Henry Coates


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Hillsboro Artists' Regional Theatre Presents the World Premiere of:  The "Amazing" Séance Sisters ~ by April Aasheim ~ Directed by Harrison Butler ~ 9/7/2024 - 9/22/2024

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Hillsboro Artists' Regional Theatre presents the World Premiere of: 

The "Amazing" Séance Sisters ~ by April Aasheim ~ Directed by Harrison Butler ~ 9/7/2024 - 9/22/2024

Synopsis: Set in 1862 during the Civil War, The "Amazing" Séance Sisters follows the story of Jayne and Olivia, sisters in their late 20s, who, after their post-mortem photography business fails, turn to seances to make ends meet. Desperate to save their family home from being claimed by Jayne’s deceased husband’s family and to afford treatment for Olivia’s illness, they embark on a new venture. Olivia, who believes she can commune with the dead, and Jayne, the entrepreneurial spirit, start their seance business in their small town.

Their situation becomes more complex with the arrival of Maurice, a mysterious magician who offers his assistance. As he helps transform their home into a proper seance parlor, old memories and buried secrets resurface, threatening to tear the sisters apart. Jayne dreams of adventure and travel, while Olivia, a shut-in, clings to their home. Jayne loves Olivia but feels she is an anchor preventing her from living the life she wants.

CAST

Jayne - Isabella Steele
Olivia - Jacquelynne Faith
Maurice - Ian Knowles
Mr. Barrymore - Mik Sander
Aunt Beatrice - AJ Graham
Father - Kraig Williams
Mother - Cassandra Brown
Mrs. Whitely - Laurie Monday
Young Jayne - Lydia Aznoe
Young Olivia - Audrey Latino
Teen Jayne - Anika Johnson
Teen Olivia - Abrianna Feinauer
Morrison - Grayson Schmidlin
Ensemble - Maxine Fountain