Denison University Ensemble Presents Gilbert & Sullivan's "Yeomen Of The Guard"
Posted: November 22, 2002
The Denison Singer's Theatre Workshop will perform music from the comic operetta "The Yeomen of the Guard" by Gilbert and Sullivan at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday (Dec. 7) in Burke Recital Hall. The performance is directed by Denison faculty member Belinda Andrews-Smith and features guest artist/baritone Bart Smith as William Shadbolt. The show is free and open to the public.
A whimsical story about a love triangle between a nobleman, a maiden and a jester, "The Yeomen of the Guard" was first performed at the Savoy Theatre (London) on Oct. 3, 1888. One of Gilbert & Sullivan's more somber works, "The Yeomen of the Guard" still features humor, patter songs and topsy-turvy plot complications. This fully staged concert is set at the Tower of London and is complimented by choruses of singing Yeomen, costumes and choreography.
The show features seniors Emily Horabik (Chardon) as Lady Cholmondely, Scott Rogers (Butler) as First Yeoman, Steve Norris (Parma) as Second Yeoman, Tiana Gabriel (Cleveland Hts.) as Dame Curruthers, and Meredith McCoy (Elizabethtown, Ky.) as Kate; juniors Jeryl Hayes (Youngstown) double-cast as Lady Cholmondely, Mark Soloff (Pittsburgh, Pa.) as Jack Point, Morgan Koepke (Seven Hills) and Emily Baker (Union, Ky.) double-cast as Phoebe Meryll and Sarah Kronour (Lebanon) double-cast as Kate; sophomores Brian Giovanni (St. Louis, Mo.) as Sergeant Meryll, Elaine Martin (Mequon, Wis.) as Elise Maynard and first-year students Marten Carlson (Franklin, Ind.) as Colonel Fairfax and Justin Lange (Ghent, N.Y.) as Leonard Meryll.
The ensemble features Denison faculty member John Kessler and first-year students Lauren Caryer (Cleveland Hts.), Caitlin McCown (Beloit, Wis.), Carissa Prosnitz (Acton, Mass.), Mary Sheridan (Troy), Marnie Robinson (Wyoming), Jennifer Guglielmi (Lexington, Ky.), Lindsay Webb (Jenera) and Cora Walsh (Buffalo, Minn.).
Smith is a professional singer who has appeared in numerous roles for both Opera Columbus and Columbus Light Opera. He appeared most recently as the Governor in the Opera Columbus production of "The Man of La Mancha."
Andrews-Smith is a professional singer and coordinator of vocal studies for the Denison music department. She has been a featured soloist in numerous performances of oratorios and cantatas and has appeared with the Vivaldi Traveling Circus, the Trinity Episcopal Chamber Series, the Denison Concert Choir and the Kenyon College Chamber Singers. She appeared most recently in the 2001 Opera Columbus production of "The Merry Widow." Smith has directed The Singer's Theatre Workshop for four years.
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