Tickets are available through the University’s Mago Hunt Center box office (firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.