My One Shot at Being Lord Chancellor

October 2015

One of the operettas by Gilbert and Sullivan is called Iolanthe. When I saw it was being produced in Pittsburgh as part of the 78th season of the Pittsburgh Savoyards, I just had to audition. I had been in the show in college, but at that time I played the romantic lead Strephon, when what I really wanted to try was the wacky part of the Lord Chancellor. He has one of the most challenging and bizarre of the Gilbert and Sullivan patter songs. I was fortunate enough to get cast as that part this time, about 25 years after I performed this show in college! It was an amazing group of people to perform with, and overall an unforgettable experience.

With my fictional wife, the incomparable Jez, both in normal clothing ...

... and in costume!

Here I am with one of the faries (the show is about a group of fairies and a group of British noblemen).

Here I am with Mia, a professional coloratura with a truly magical voice.

With my buddy Myles.

A scene in which the fairies are taunting us!

The famous patter song in which I describe a terrible nightmare that has awakened me.

With some nobles and an errant fairy.

In the dressing room with Zach and John, both amazing professional opera singers.

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