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posted Friday, July 12, 2019 - Volume 47 Issue 28
Celebrating their 65th season, The Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society launches their 'Challenging the Canon' series of productions with Princess Ida or The Castle Adamant
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Celebrating their 65th season, The Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society launches their 'Challenging the Canon' series of productions with Princess Ida or The Castle Adamant

PRINCESS IDA OR THE CASTLE ADAMANT SEATTLE GILBERT & SULLIVAN SOCIETY BAGLEY WRIGHT THEATER July 12-28

Director Crystal Dawn Munkers leads an exhilaratingly updated take on the battle of the sexes and the age-old need to smash the patriarchy - complete with operatic warrior maidens, a cross-dressing trio of dandies, and a bit of magic.

The brilliant, assertive Princess Ida has sequestered herself and her court in the Castle Adamant, dedicating themselves to the study of the higher arts and absolutely, utterly forswearing the company of men. And the men - including her promised fiancé, Prince Hilarion - are not taking it well.

What follows is a hilarious adventure as The Prince and his friends try to win back their betrothed before war breaks out between the antiquated men of the kingdom and the warrior maidens of Castle Adamant. Surprises, twists, and turns abound as disguises are revealed, hearts are laid bare, and magic is unleashed at Castle Adamant.



Seattle G&S is starting a series of productions engaged in 'Challenging the Canon.' Like any collection of classic literature or drama, the works of Gilbert & Sullivan often contain material that is problematic in our world today. Princess Ida is no different, having originally been written as a critique of female liberation and the up-and-coming theories of Charles Darwin.

Fortunately, as with Shakespeare and the Greeks, the works of Gilbert & Sullivan are public domain, so we are allowed to engage with the show and edit, cut, rewrite, and reshape as needed to turn the problematic canonical piece into a show that is relevant and appealing to audiences today.

Director Crystal Dawn Munkers and her team have turned Princess Ida into a compelling feminist tale that champions the women it was originally written to mock and reinforces concepts of equality and intersectional feminism that could be taken out of newspapers today.

This is the goal that our 'Challenging the Canon' series aims for - preserving the gorgeous music, wit, and storytelling that has made G&S a staple of popular culture for 140 years while bringing the story into the 21st century. We are no longer treating these texts as museum pieces and are shaking the dust off, reshaping them so that they can be appreciated and enjoyed in 2019 as well as the future.

For more information and tickets, visit www.seattlegilbertandsullivan.com/princessida/

THE TEAM
Crystal Dawn Munkers is a celebrated director and choreographer who has worked at The 5th Avenue, Village Theatre, Seattle Rep, Seattle Shakespeare, Wooden O, and many other companies around Seattle.

Bernard Kwiram is the resident maestro at Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan and is an in-demand conductor for opera, ballet, and musical theater from Bellingham to Olympia.

Princess Ida: Lindsey Nakatani; Melissa: Callie Williams; Psyche: Hayley Gaarde; Sacharissa: Gemma Balinbin; Chloe: Ivy Zhou.

Ada: Nilam Brown; Lady Blanche: Dawn Padula.

King Hildebrand: Zach Martin; King Gama: Mark Rabe; Hilarion: Colin Briskey; Cyril: Chandler T. Thomas; Florian: Andrew Murray.

Arac: Christine Riippi; Guron: Karin Terry; Scynthius: Cass Neumann; Warrior Maidens of Adamant: Rachel Brinn, Claire Burreson, Emily DenBleyker, Tasha Smith.

Soldiers of Hildebrand's Kingdom: David Breyman, Trevor Burden, Max Lopuszynski, Jaret Miller, Namarea Randolph-Yosea, Kyle Sholinder, Robin Wyatt-Stone.

Scenic Designer: Bill Forrester; Asst. Scenic Designer: Burton Yuen; Costume Designer: Doris Black; Lighting Designer: Ahren Buhmann; Properties Designer: Kayla Rabel; Scenic Artist: Stephanie Charas; Stage Manager: Liz Clayton; Asst. SM: Justine Williams; TD / Master Carpenter: Adrian Delahunt.

Courtesy of The Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society

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Celebrating their 65th season, The Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society launches their 'Challenging the Canon' series of productions with Princess Ida or The Castle Adamant
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