Preshow discussion and song Events

Join us for a preshow discussion and song of our next production. David Porter and Joe Marshall will give us brief highlights of both the history of Gilbert and Sullivan’s collaboration and Iolanthe. In addition, Director Dorothy Ahlf-Wheatcraft will take us through her inspirations for Iolanthe. Songs from the show will also be included.

Blue Hill Public Library: Wednesday Jan 30, 7:00pm

Ellsworth Public Library: Thursday Jan 31, 6:30pm

Jesup (Bar Harbor) Public Library: Friday Feb 1, 7:00pm

Iolanthe, or The Peer and the Peri, is a comic opera with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. It opened at the Savoy Theatre on November 25, 1882 and ran for 398 performances. It is the seventh of fourteen operatic collaborations by Gilbert and Sullivan.

Iolanthe 2019 Cast Announcement

Thank you to everyone who auditioned for Iolanthe. Save the dates for our performances at The Grand: Feb 8,9,10 & 15,16,17! Friday 7pm, Saturday & Sunday 2pm. 

Joe Marshall The Lord Chancellor
Roland Dube Lord Mountararat
Mike Smith Lord Tololler
John Cunningham Private Willis
Peter Miller Strephon
Debra Hangge Queen of the Fairies
Tiffany Laufer Iolanthe
Lauren Billings Celia
Stephanie Bradshaw Leila
Demelza Ramirez Fleta
Eileen York Phyllis
Theo Dumas Understudy Strephon
Cassy Palmer Understudy Fairy
Sally MacDowell Understudy Fairy
Irv Hodgkin, David Porter, Rob Taylor “Britain Really Ruled the Waves” featured soloists


Auditions for Iolanthe

Auditions for Iolanthe with GSSME February 2019!
Auditions will be held in the theater (on the 2nd floor) at the Moore Community Center (133 State St, Ellsworth, ME 04605) in Ellsworth.

10/23/18 Tuesday from 7-9pm, and Saturday morning 10/27/18 from 10am – 12noon. If you cannot make one of these days, please contact us.

We are not signing up for times so we can see you all interact, but plan to be there for ~30 min or so. You do not need to be there right at the start, but we appreciate an email (gssmaine at if you are coming!

Note: pages referenced here are from the Schirmer edition of Iolanthe. You can rent this from the Bagaduce Music Library for $3, or order your own from Amazon (~$12).

From Dorothy Wheatcraft (Artistic Director)
Lines to read for auditions (You may also be asked to cold read other scenes/Move):

Fairies C/L/F: Act 1,1. Pg 21 till queen entrance
Iol/Strep/Queen: Act 1,3 pg. 31
Phyllis/Strep:Act 1,4 pg 37
Chancellor/Strep: Act 1, 11. Pg. 84
Fairies C/L Lords T&M: Act 2, 15. Pg 152
T/M: Act 2,19. Pg 161 from ‘prepared to’ till end, the back and forth. Add Phyllis if there.
Chancellor: act 2, 22 monologue of 194
Private/queen: act 2, 25. Pg 202.

From Sandi Blanchette (Music Director)
Musical numbers for auditions:

The Lord Chancellor page 85 when I went to the bar as a very young man
Lord Mount Ararat when Britain really ruled the waves page 1 5 3
Lord Tolloller blue blood spurn not the nobly-born actually. Page 73
Private Willis when all night long a chap remains page 144
Strephen if we’re weak enough to tarry page 189 this is a Phyllis duet.
The fairy queen oh foolish Fay page 158
Celia and Lelia in vain to us you plead pig 155
Phyllis if we’re weak and off to tarry page 189