University of Portland
05-27-2014
Contact: John Furey, Joe Kuffner

University of Portland to host Iolanthe, presented by Mock’s Crest Productions, opening June 6

University of Portland is set to host Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe, presented by Mock’s Crest Productions, a summer professional theater company supported by the University. Performances will be on June 6-8, 13-15, 19-22, and 26-29. All shows are at 7:30 p.m. except for Sunday matinees, which begin at 2 p.m. Performances will be held in the Mago Hunt Center Theater on the University campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd. Theater fans are invited to join Mock’s Crest for a comedic opera filled with love, fairies, and a satire of the English political system. This production is set in the mod-swinging early 60’s of London’s SoHo District.

Tickets are available through the University’s Mago Hunt Center box office (magohuntboxoffice@up.edu or 503-943-7287). Adult tickets are $32; senior/student tickets are $27 and groups of 10 or more are $25. Dinners are available starting 90 minutes before evening shows for $14.50 and include farm fresh salad, house baked artisan bread, local vegetables, grilled herb chicken, fingerling potatoes, dessert and tea. Brunch is served 90 minutes before Sunday matinees for $13.50 and includes farm fresh salad, local vegetable frittata, house baked artisan bread, carved pit ham, smoked salmon, fingerling potatoes, local fruit, and house baked pastries. Please contact the box office at 503-943-7287 for a reservation.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s “fairy” Opera Iolanthe satirizes the House of Peers and the English political system. Iolanthe revolves around the love of Strephon, who is half a mortal and half a fairy, and Phyllis, a lovely shepherdess, who is a ward of the Lord Chancellor of England. Strephon’s mother, Iolanthe, is a fairy and favorite of the Queen of the Fairies but has been banished because of her relationship with a mortal. Strephon and Phyllis want to get married but her request is refused by the Lord Chancellor and the peers, both because Strephon’s reputable “fairyness” and because they all want to marry Phyllis. When Phyllis sees Strephon speaking with his immortal and never-aging mother, she believes him to be unfaithful and sides with the peers. Will the House of Parliament and the Lord Chancellor allow the lovers to reconcile? Or will laws get in the way between Phyllis and Strephon? This year’s production will pit the “mod” fairies against the conservative peers.

The cast is John Vergin (The Lord Chancellor), Joshua Randall (Strephon),  Beth Madsen Bradford (Iolanthe), Audrey Sackett (Phyllis), Alexis Hamilton (Queen of the Fairies), Bobby Winstead (Earl of Mountarrat), Brian Tierney (Earl Tolloller), Erik Hundtoft (Private Willis), Dru Rutledge (Celia), Valery Saul (Leila), and Taylor Kendig (Fleta).

The artistic team is Kristine McIntyre (Stage Director), Tracey Edson (Music Director), Larry Larsen (Producer/Set & Light Designer), Gregory Pulver (Costume Designer), Anne Egan (Choreographer & Asst. Stage Director), Jennifer Hammontree (Stage Manager), and Nathaniel Bartos (Technical Director).   

Nationally recognized director McIntyre, formerly of the Metropolitan Opera in New York as well as opera companies in Kentucky, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, and Portland Opera, will direct. McIntyre also directed last year’s Mock’s Crest production of Die Fledermaus as well as The Mikado in 2010 and 2002.  

Mock’s Crest Productions theater company was created in 1990 to produce high quality comic opera, employing some of the Pacific Northwest’s finest actors, singers, directors, and designers. It was founded to enhance the cultural fabric of the North Portland community and to perpetuate the University’s long tradition of support for the arts.

For more information contact the Performing and Fine Arts department at 503-943-7228 or pfa@up.edu.

The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.

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