Bucks County Gilbert & Sullivan Society
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BUCKS COUNTY GILBERT & SULLIVAN SOCIETY PRESENT
G  I  L  B  E  R  T    &    S  U  L  L  I  V  A  N  '  S

Princess Ida

or Castle Adamant
Friday June 13 at 8:00 pm
Saturday June 14 at 2:00 and 8:00 pm

With full orchestral accompaniment
with members of the 
Bucks County Symphony Orchestra

Directed by Julie C. May 
Musical Direction by Lee F. Milhous 
and Robert Binkley

Performed in 
Delaware Valley College's 
NEW Life Sciences Building Theater
700 East Butler Avenue
Doylestown, PA
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$20 at the door
$15 for seniors (65+)
$10 for students

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The Bucks County Gilbert & Sullivan Society is a 501(c)3
non-profit organization.

 

MEET OUR CAST

King Hildebrand……………………………………..……………… Stu Baird

Hilarion (Hildebrand’s Son)……………………..….……Sergio Hernandez

Cyril (Hilarion’s Friend)…………………………..…………… Kyle Sheehan

Florian (Hilarion’s Friend)…………………...……………...……Derek Hess

King Gama …………………………………………...….….…Gabriel Nathan

Arac (Gama’s Son)……………………….…………….………Michael Dutka

Guron (Gama’s Son) …………………………………..………..David Swartz

Scynthius (Gama’s Son)……………….……….……...……Don McDermott

Princess Ida (Gama’s Daughter)……………..……………Cate McDermott

Lady Blanche (Professor of Abstract Science)………...……Carol Mikulski

Lady Psyche (Professor of Humanities)…………...…………Alayna Rakes

Melissa (Lady Blanche’s Daughter)………………....……Allison Deratzian

Sarcharissa ……………………………………..…………Joanne Eisenberg

Chloe ………………………………………………….……..…….…Emily Frey

Chorus of Girl Graduates……………..…..Sarah Darrow, Michelle Lewicki,                 Gloria Serianni, Erin Siciliano, Fran Wilcox, Linda Yost

Chorus of Soldiers and Courtiers……..…...George Achilles, Bob Binkley,                     George Bourrie, Bill Buckman, Bob Kinney, Dennis Kloppel

Daughters of the Plough……...…...Alexandra McDermott, Anne McDermott

 



Princess Ida Synopsis...

Act I begins with all o
f King Hildebrand’s loyal subjects anxiously anticipating the arrival of rival King Gama, who is slated to bring his daughter, Princess Ida, to marry Hildebrand’s son, the Prince
Hilarion.  Hildebrand explains that Ida and Hilarion were betrothed when Hilarion was two, and Ida one.  Gama, however, arrives not with his comely and erudite daughter, but with his three dull sons.  Gama, a cantankerous, crippled old cynic, explains that Ida will not marry Hilarion.  She has instead devoted herself to ruling a woman’s university, where she instructs her pupils on the inferiority of man, amongst other subjects.  Hildebrand, enraged, orders Gama and his sons held captive until Ida appears and consents to marry Hilarion.   

The woman’s college is the setting for Act II.  Here, Lady Psyche (Professor of Humanities), and Lady Blanche (Professor of Abstract Science) and the rest of the graduates introduce Princess Ida and all offer instruction on the evils of man, and the abstract philosophy of “The Is, the Might be, and the Must”.  Hilarion, Florian and Cyril enter the Woman’s University, unseen, and disguise themselves as students.  Their ruse is quickly uncovered when Blanche astutely observes that two of the new students are tenors, and one a baritone (and they smoke cigars!)  The fate of the men is sealed when Cyril, who drinks too much wine at lunch, bursts into a “kissing song”.  Ida flees and falls into a stream, only to be rescued by Hilarion, her betrothed.  Not one to be wooed by mere heroism, Ida has the three men arrested.  King Hildebrand shows up and threatens to storm Castle Adamant, and execute Ida’s brothers and father if Ida does not marry Hilarion.  He gives Ida 24 hours to make up her mind. 

Act III finds the woman fitted with battle-axes and Ida giving out wartime instructions, which do not go over very well with her feminine fusiliers.  Gama, freed for a moment, tells Ida to pit her brothers against Hilarion, Cyril and Florian.  He also pitifully bemoans his “mistreatment” at the hands of Hildebrand, who gives him everything he wants, leaving Gama with “nothing whatever to grumble at.”  Hilarion and his friends easily win the fight against Gama’s sons, the princess yields to Hilarion, and, with joy abiding, the opera concludes.   



Past Performances of Our Company

Handel's Messiah Sing-A-Long  
(December 2013)

Patience (June 2013)
(or, Bunthorne's Bride)

The story follows the lovesick exploits of a group of village maidens, two aesthetic-minded poets, a regiment of guards, and a fetching milkmaid named Patience. The bawdy tunes further illuminate the story as the village maidens abandon their common guards for the more sensitive bards, but the uncooperative bards are enamored of the lovely Patience. The delightful farce eventually untangles with plenty of satisfying and boisterous Gilbert and Sullivan choruses.



"The Pirates of Penzance"
(June 2012)
(or, "The Slave of Duty")

One of Gilbert & Sullivan's most popular operettas, it features a rowdy band of not-so-cutthroat pirates, a haughty Major General with a bevy of eligible daughters, a police force of questionable fortitude, and two star-crossed lovers; Frederic, the pirate apprentice hoping to be free from his indenture when he reaches his 21st birthday, and Mabel, the spirited daughter of Major General Stanley. Alas, a quirk of fate (and leap year) appear to conspire against their union! Wonderful music and pithy dialogue make this show a real gem!


"H.M.S. Pinafore"
(May 2011)

A concert production featuring a grand cast and 21-piece orchestra, this seafaring yarn tells the tale of young Ralph ("Rafe") Rackstraw, hopelessly in love with Josephine, the daughter of the Pinafore's captain. She has been promised by the captain to Sir Joseph, the otherwise land-lubbing First Lord of the Admiralty; however, Josephine shares Ralph's affections, and they make plans to elope, but their plot is foiled by the Pinafore's treacherous Dick Deadeye. All ends happily, however, with Dick in the drink, and Ralph ascending to a station he had not dared dream.

 

"The Mikado" (May 2010)

Among Gilbert & Sullivan's most popular productions, our semi-staged version tells the story of "wandering minstrel" Nanki-Poo (in actuality, the son of the fearsome Mikado). Nanki-Poo is in desperate love of the fair Yum-Yum, ward and betrothed of the Lord High Executioner, Ko-Ko. As the Mikado has declared flirting a capital offense, Ko-Ko is queried as to why he has not executed anyone yet. Fearing for his position (not to mention, his life), Ko-Ko searches for a worthy victim. Nanki-Poo, about to kill himself in despair over Yum-Yum, agrees to be Ko-Ko's victim on condition that he allow Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum to marry for one month. The wedding about to take place, the fearsome Katisha intervenes, claiming Nanki-Poo as her own. All ends happily, however, with the punishment fitting the crime!

"Trial by Jury" (April 2009)

Gilbert & Sullivan's shortest operetta, and their only all-musical production, "Trial" tells the story of the jilted Angelina, pursuing her breach of contract of marriage claim against the cad, Edwin. The fetching Angelina catches the eye of judge and jurors alike, much to Edwin's dismay. Seeing a potential settlement, Edwin offers to marry Angelina and his new love, but the law intervenes on such "burglary." The learned judge, seeing no easy way out, settles the case by deciding to marry Angelina himself!




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