School of Music to Present Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe
October 17, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Illinois Wesleyan School of Music will present the opera Iolanthe, or The Peer and the Peri on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. and
Sunday, Nov. 6 at 3 p.m.
Performances will take place in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall (1210 Park St.,
Bloomington). The event is free and open to the public.
Written by W.S. Gilbert and composed by Arthur Sullivan, the opera tells the story
of Iolanthe, a fairy that was once banished from the fairy world for marrying a mortal
man, and her son Strephon, who is half mortal and half fairy. Strephon falls in love
with Phyllis, a shepherdess, but complications arise when he must appeal to Lord Chancellor,
her guardian, in order to take her hand in marriage.
Robert Mangialardi, visiting professor of music and director of the opera theatre
program, is the director of the show. Under the musical direction of adjunct faculty
member and University organist Susan Klotzbach, the opera will be fully staged with
a 12-piece orchestra, as well as a student cast of 28.
For additional information, contact the School of Music Office at (309) 556-3061.
Cast members: Suzanne E. Whitney and Holly Haines* (Queen of the Fairies), Rachel Carreras and
Cassandra Coglianese* (Iolanthe), Hanna Pristave and Melissa Adamson* (Phyllis), Matt
Skibo (Strephon), Stefan Riley (Lord Chancellor), Michael Hansen (Lord Mountararat),
Joe Lewis and Peter Moeller* (Lord Tolloller), Mark Koester (Private Willis and Lord
Nigel Thornberry, Esq.), Meagan Melloy (Celia), Anne Chapman (Leila), Lauren Timmons
(Fleta), Mary Nicholas (Briony), Ashleen Davey (Elizabeth), Becki Blumer (Isabella),
Kyli Wagner (Lavender), Clarisse Tobia (Lilah), Becky Buechel (Paprika), Hayley Koch
(Primrose), Megan Morissette (Violet), Eric Sepulveda (Lord Alban Krenic), Philip
Courington (Lord Bartholomew III), John Cassio (Lord Blueberry), Peter Moeller and
Joe Lewis* (Lord Hubert Cumberdale), Devin Johnston (Lord Lucius), Jim Schiffer (Lord
*denotes performers for Friday and Sunday performances
Contact: Kristin Fields, ’12, (309) 556-3181, firstname.lastname@example.org