By William Schwenk Gilbert (libretto), music by Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan
Directed by William Farlow, David Rentz, Music Director
Two gondeliers live in Venice and the women are swooning for them as they decide on brides. A Spanish Duke with his wife, the Duchess, daughter and "band" (consisting of one drummer as that's all they can presently afford) land in Venice on a quest to find the King of Barataria. You see, the Duke and Duchess had married off their daughter to the King when the King and their daughter were both babies. They tell their daughter this upon arriving in Venice, and you can imagine she isn't very pleased as she is secretly in love with the poor family drummer, and he in love with her. Alas, what sorrow! The Grand Inquistor of Venice awaits the arrival of the Duke and Duchess, as he is supposed to know the whereabouts of the King of Barataria, the Grand Inquistor having been given custody of the baby King in his exile from Spain. Unfortunately, the Grand Inquistor is a bit of a dunce, and doesn't know what he's talking about. He does know however, "without a doubt" he says, that the King is one of the gondeliers. However, the gondeliers have no idea that one of them is the King of Barataria -- and hence, have married ten minutes ago to the women they love when the Grand Inquistor disruptes their honeymoon with the news that whoever is King, was married as a baby! So, what will happen to the Duke and Duchess' daughter and the drummer and the newly happily married gondeliers when the truth is found out? And how, exactly, will know who is King and truth be told? You will have to come and see!
Produced by Madison Savoyards, Ltd. at U.W. Old Music Hall, 925 Bascom Mall, Madison
Performances: July 11-20, 2003
Performance Times: Friday, July 11, 2003 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 12, 2003 - 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 13, 2003 - 4:30 PM
Friday, July 18, 2003 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 19, 2003 - 4:00 PM
Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 4:00 PM
Ticket Prices: $25 Adults, $23 Seniors, $10 Students, $5 Children (under 13)
Call 608-231-9005 for reservations or more information.