The Magic Pinafore

Event Date

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 7:30pm to Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 2:00pm

The Magic Pinafore

Music and Lyrics by Gilbert & Sullivan
Book by Terry Stone and William Gorton
Directed by Terry Stone

Preview

Adapting well-known musical numbers with updated texts from the great Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, The Magic Pinafore spoofs both “grand” opera (the Magic Flute in particular) and the current craze for student magicians and the schools they attend.

Performances

  • Thursday, February 18, 2016 7:30 PM
  • Friday, February 19, 2016 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, February 20, 2016 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, February 21, 2016 2:00 PM

Location

Albert Taylor Theatre

Artist Bios

Phillip Lopez

Senior BM Vocal Performance

Avon, Illinois

Credits include Acis & Galatea, Gianni Schicchi, and Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen (BWV 12) with Millikin University Opera Theater; and The Mikado, West Side Story, Boys from Syracuse, Oklahoma!, The New Moon, Hello, Dolly!, Titanic, and The Gondoliers with College Light Opera Company.

 

Catherine Sulla

Senior BM Vocal Performance

Villa Park, Illinois

Catherine has previously appeared as a chorus member in Suor Angelica on the Millikin Mainstage.

 

Vance Martinez

Sophomore Music and Philosophy

Terre Haute, Indiana

Theatrical credits include IQ in Hairspray at The Community Theater of Terre Haute; Franz in The Sound of Music at Maple Avenue United Methodist Community Dinner Theater; and the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz. Vance is making his Millikin Mainstage debut. 

 

Isaac Wieser

Sophomore BA Music

Kewanee, Illinois

Credits include Figaro in Le Nozze de Figaro with the Gorton’s Opera immersion in Italy; Guys and Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun, Ren in Footloose, Charlie in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, Sound of Music, and Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story with Kewanee High School Theatre.

 

Meganna Miller

Senior BM Vocal Performance

Borubonnais, IL

Credits include Die Fledermaus and The Magic Flute with Sugar Creek Opera; and Suor Angelica with the Millikin Mainstage.

 

Amy Mazzeo

Senior BM Vocal Performance

Rolla, Missouri

Amy’s stage experience includes Suor Angelica on the Millikin Main Stage, Miss Kitty Lowell in FourPlay for Millikin’s Pastiche Opera, and Rosalia in West Side Story for Decatur Underground Theatre. Her scene experience includes Madame Hertz in Der Schauspieldirektor, Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, Marie in La fille du regiment, and First Lady in Die Zauberflote.

 

Shelby Barros

Freshman BFA Musical Theatre

Raleigh, North Carolina

Shelby Barros played the roles of Judy Bernly in 9 to 5, was a featured soloist in Jerry’s Girls, Eponine in Les Miserables, and Sister Sophia in The Sound of Music at Wakefield High School. She played Lina Lamont in the pilot production of Singin’ in the Rain Junior at Durant Road Musical Theatre, and has directed various shows for Elementary and Middle school students such as The Little Mermaid Junior, Beauty and the Beast Junior, and Winnie the Pooh Kids.

 

Aidan Singh

Junior BM Music Performance

Springfield, Illinois

Aidan has previously appeared in Gianni Schicchi on the Millikin Mainstage.

 

Michael Sheldon

Junior Communication and Music

Lockport, Illinois

Michael’s performing experience includes singing in the Millikin University Choir as well as the student-run Millikin a capella group seVen. The Magic Pinafore is his Millikin Mainstage debut.

 

Danny Mendoza

Junior BA Theatre

Waukegan, Illinois

Credits include Beauty & the Beast with Racine Theatre Guild; Little Women and They're Playing Our Song with Libertytown Productions; Sweeney Todd, 1900DESPERATE, and Young Frankenstein with the James Lumber Theatre; and the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz with Standing Ovation Theatre Academy.

 

Kyle Schrage

Junior

Oak Lawn, Illinois

 

Matthew Gnadinger

Sophomore Accounting, Minor in Music and Finance

Lockport, Illinois

The Magic Pinafore is Matthew’s first theatrical performance, and he is making his Millikin Mainstage debut.

 

Hannah Neuhauser

Sophomore BM Vocal Performance, Entrepreneurship Minor

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Credits include Sarah in Guys and Dolls, Marcy in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Arkansaw Bear with Parkland Magnet High School. This will be Hannah's first production on the Millikin Mainstage.

 

Mary McCormack

Junior BA Theatre, Music Minor

Woodstock, Illinois

Credits include--Music in the Air and Gala of the Stars with Music by the Lake; The White Rose and Antoinetta in Pirandello with Millikin’s New Musicals Workshop Series; and Bella Musica with Millikin Urbania.

 

Chloé Pedersen

Senior BM Vocal Performance

Des Plaines, Illinois

Chloé has performed with the Millikin Opera Theatre as The Nursing Sister in Puccini's Suor Angelica and as Serpina in Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona. Other performing experience includes performing in Rome, Italy with The Willows Academy Chamber Choir. She is also a member of the Millikin University Choir.

 

Marah Kittleson

Sophomore BM Music Education-Vocal Emphasis

Baldwin, Wisconsin

Credits Include: Kim in Bye, Bye, Birdie, Sarah in Guys and Dolls, Jasmine in Aladdin Jr., Back to the 80’s, Soft Soap, and The Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch.

 

Tess Slack

Junior

Maple City, Michigan

 

Madison Mertz

Freshman BM Vocal Performance

Columbia, Missouri

Credits include Duffy in Annie at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre; Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown, Mrs. Ethel P. Savage in The Curious Savage, and Carmen Bernstein in Curtains at Rock Bridge High School; and Junie B. Jones in Junie B. Jones the Musical, Margot in Legally Blonde the Musical, and The Ghost of Christmas Past in Scrooge at TRYPS Children’s Theatre.

 

Rachel Ruby Squires

Freshman BFA Acting

Sierra Vista, Arizona

Credits include The Pajama Game, The Women, The Importance of Being Earnest, Zombie Prom (Miss. Strict), A Grand Night for Singing (Leading Lady), The Tempest (Prospera [Prospero]), and Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts) at Buena High School.

Production Team

Terry Stone

Director

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Voice

Millikin University

Terry Stone joined the teaching staff at Millikin University in 1993. Currently he teaches voice, solo song literature, and coordinates the Millikin Opera Theatre program. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Vocal Performance at the University of Illinois in Urbana with emphasis in opera production, and has sung professionally with opera companies such as Michigan Opera Theatre in Detroit, Sarasota Opera Association, and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. The Magic Pinafore is his ninth Main Stage opera production.

 

Dr. William Gorton

Musical Director

Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera

Millikin University

William Gorton is Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera at Millikin University in Decatur, IL. He teaches studio voice, serves as coach and conductor for the opera program, and directs Tudor Voices (a select chamber choir specializing in early music). Dr. Gorton has had a diverse career as a singer, voice teacher, composer, and conductor. He has sung many well-known lyric tenor roles in operas with companies such as Opera Pacific, Sacramento Opera, Pacific Repertory Opera, North Bay Opera, West Bay Opera, Pocket Opera, Muddy River Opera, and others. He was an Apprentice Artist with the Santa Fe Opera. He is the Founding Artistic Director of the Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale and has also served as Assistant Chorus Master for the Phoenix Symphony Chorus. Dr. Gorton acquired his DMA in Choral Conducting at Arizona State University, where he directed the Early Music Chamber Choir, Women’s Chorus, and served as Assistant Conductor of the Symphonic Chorale, Choral Union, and Concert Choir. His hymn, “O God in Whom We Live,” can be found in Worship and Song, a United Methodist hymnal, and his anthem, “The Lord is My Shepherd” can be found at World Library Publications. He is the current Director of Music Ministries at FCC Bloomington, IL.

 

Mary M. Black

Scenic Design

Associate Professor of Theatre and Technical Director

Millikin University

Mary’s recent Millikin credits include Lighting Design for Rough Magic, Scenic Designer and Technical Director for Peter Pan, The Ladies Man, Legally Blonde: The Musical, and String. Previous design credits include Rent and Hamlet for the Station Theatre and several productions for the Decatur Park District Best of Summer Stock program.  Previous technical credits include work for Indiana University’s Opera and Theatre programs, Iowa Summer Repertory Theatre, Brown County Playhouse, and University of Iowa’s Opera and Theatre programs. Mary earned her MFA in Technical Theatre from Indiana University.

 

Tiana Liu

Costume Design

Guest Designer

Tiana received her MFA in Costume Design from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2015 and has been working as a freelancing designer since graduation. She has been the costume coordinator for productions of Once in a Lifetime and Mary Poppins for Maine East High School, and is designing She Kills Monsters for them in April. She’s thrilled to be working at Millikin University for the first time. 

 

Erik S. Barry

Lighting Design

Guest Designer

Erik S. Barry is delighted to be working with such a fun group of students! Erik has designed lights around Chicago for the past three years. His designs have been seen at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Harris Theatre Porchlight Music Theatre, and The Museum of Contemporary Art. He received his Masters of Fine Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. He has designed over 40 productions in his career. Highlights include The Rocky Horror Show with The University of Wisconsin Madison, as well as The Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago, and Forever Plaid with the Summer Theatre in Meredith Village.

 

Brittany Schmidt

Stage Manager

Sophomore BFA Stage Management

Lake Villa, Illinois

 

Genesis Brito

Freshman BFA Stage Management, Spanish Minor

Kenosha, Wisconsin

Past credits include – The Addams Family (Assistant Stage Manager) at Millikin University); Time Stands Still (Life Director), The Little Mermaid (Ensemble), A Piece Of My Heart (Stage Manager), Tarzan (Ensemble), Shrek The Musical (Assistant Stage Manager), Hello! My Baby (Stage Manager), and In The Heights (Camila Rosario).

Kathryn Joost

Junior BA Theatre, Music Minor

Oak Forest, Illinois

This is Kathryn's first experience with stage management, and her first time working on a Mainstage production. Acting credits include Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and appearing in the first reading of Pierrepoint: A New Musical.

Cast

The Council of Three:

    Morton DeValue (Supreme Mugglelump)......................... Phillip Lopez

    Juana Passum (Asst. Mugglelump for Bodysnatching).....Catherine Sulla

    Ernest Billings (Asst. Mugglelump for Dollarbilling)........Vance Martinez

College of Sorcery staff:

    Sarcastro Stumbleboor (Chair of Sorcery for Men).......... Isaac Wieser

    Nymphe O’Goodlove (Chair of Sorcery for Women)....Meganna Miller*

                                                                                         Amy Mazzeo**

    Lunie Muttercup (Head of Housekeeping)..................... Shelby Barros

    Rube Haggard (Head Groundskeeper)............................. Aidan Singh

Sorcery students:

    Perry Rotter (Sorcerer’s Assistant)............................ Michael Sheldon

    Don Stoatley...............................................................Danny Mendoza

    Sirius Lakowicz............................................................. Kyle Schrage

    Drake O. B’aadbuoy............................................ Matthew Gnadinger

    Andy Runte.......................................................... Hannah Neuhauser

    Thelonia Ranger (Sorceress’ Assistant).....................Chloé Pedersen*

                                                                                  Marah Kittelson**

    Jinfizza Sloelie.......................................................Mary McCormack

    Ida Noh............................................................................Tess Slack           

    Lotte Umbrage........................................................... Madison Mertz           

    Nastasia Trixe.....................................................Rachel Ruby Squires

 

* Thursday/Saturday Performance     **Friday/Sunday Performance

 

 

Orchestra

Violin ............................................................................. Daniel Colbert

Violin II...............................................................................Laura Hourt

Viola............................................................................... Sharon Chung

Cello..................................................................................Amy Catron

1st Flute...................................................................... Laurie Glencross

Piccolo/2nd Flute..............................................................Akari Kimura

Oboe............................................................................. Tina Nicholson

1st Clarinet........................................................................Emily Sheffer

2nd Clarinet......................................................................Sarah Hickey

Bassoon.......................................................................... Sarah Behery

1st Trumpet.......................................................................Trevor Stout

2nd Trumpet.................................................................. Hannah Barnes

1st Trombone.................................................................John Robinson

2nd Trombone.....................................................................Donna Bull

Percussion..........................................................................Andy Rauff

Rehearsal Accompanist..................................................Bruce Gibbons