The Stanford Savoyards, the Mid-Peninsula's Gilbert & Sullivan company, this week opens its production of the comic operetta "Ruddigore."
"Ruddigore" plays this weekend and next at Stanford University's Dinkelspiel Auditorium. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m., Sunday, plus 8 p.m., May 11 and 12.
The show sends up all of the classic stereotypes of the melodrama show of Victorian England, with the popular songs and snappy dialogue for which Gilbert and Sullivan are known.
The Savoyards have presented Gilbert & Sullivan's works twice a year since 1973. Since then, the company has expanded to a membership of 200 people from Stanford University and all over the Bay Area. The Savoyards are the only Gilbert & Sullivan company in the world that boasts five Nobel Laureates (from Stanford's faculty).
The curtain first rose for "Ruddigore" in 1887, with 288 performances in its initial run. It did not achieve the near-instantaneous fame as some other of Gilbert's & Sullivan's collaborations, but after some minor tweaks to the score and libretto, it steadily grew in popularity.
Kelly Parker, a Stanford freshman, makes her Savoyards debut as Dame Hannah. Mark Blattel, a computer game programmer from Castro Valley, plays Robin Oakapple. Megan Beltran, a paralegal from Burlingame, plays his love, Rose Maybud. The show is under the direction of Robert Seidel, a mechanical engineer from Sunnyvale. The musical director is Sean Wang, a first-year Stanford graduate student in music theory.
Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for seniors and $6.50 for children and students with identification.
For tickets and more information, call 725-ARTS.