Iolanthe, by W S Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
Musical Director, Christopher James Hisey
Those auditioning for principal roles should call for an appointment and prepare 2 songs in English. Open chorus auditions will be held each night from 7:30-8 pm. No appointments are needed for chorus auditions.
Twenty five years before the story begins, the Fairy Queen banished Iolanthe for marrying a mortal. When she relents in the opening scene and pardons her, she learns that Iolanthe has a son, Strephon, who lives nearby and is in love with Phyllis, an Arcadian shepherdess. Phyllis is also a ward of the court of Chancery, supervised by the Lord Chancellor, and all of the Peers in Parliament are also taken by her beauty, including the Lord Chancellor who hopes to talk himself into letting himself marry Phyllis.
When Phyllis sees Strephon consorting with Iolanthe, who being a fairy still looks like a young girl, she becomes furious and determines to marry one of the Peers instead. When Strephon calls the fairies for help in explaining, the Lord Chancellor insults the Fairy Queen, and she decides to punish the peers by sending Strephon to Parliament, where all the Peers must vote for any bill he chooses.
In the 2nd act, Private Willis muses on how comical it is that every boy and gal is born a little Liberal or else a little Conservative. The fairies happily dance in singing that Strephon is a member of Parliament, and the Lords Tolloller and Mountarat explain what a mess he has made of things. They ask if Phyllis has decided who she is going to marry, but she says she really doesn't care. Later with Strephon she admits it is still him she wants to marry. Meanwhile the Lord Chancellor has finally persuaded himself to let himself marry his ward, Phyllis. When Strephon tells Iolanthe of this, she is horrified, since she reveals that the Lord Chancellor is Strephon's father. To stop this marriage, Iolanthe risks banishment and death by revealing herself to the Lord Chancellor. The Fairy Queen threatens Iolanthe but discovers that meanwhile all of the fairies have married the peers. Since she can't slaughter the whole regiment, she takes the Lord Chancellor's advice and changes the law so that every fairy shall die who don't marry a mortal. Then since Parliament is now to be run by people of intelligence, they all go off to fairyland.