The Sorcerer | September 18-28

Music by Arthur Sullivan, libretto by W.S. Gilbert
Directed by Bill Van Horn

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What happens when a magically brewed cup o‘tea intoxicates unsuspecting residents of an entire community? Alexis, a young man obsessed with the idea of love leveling all social distinctions, engages J. W. Wells & Co., Family Sorcerers, to find out. When the potion causes everyone in the village to fall in love with the first person they see—the results are mystical mayhem.

Production Team
Director Bill Van Horn
Music Director Rebecca Caron
Choreographer Adam P. Blais
Set Designer Rew Tippin
Costume Designer Michelle Handley
Lighting Designer Jim Alexander
Stage Manager Beka Bryer
Sir Marmaduke Pointdextre (Father of the Groom) David Handley
Alexis Pointdextre (His Son) Ben Mulgrew
Dr. Daly (Vicar of Ploverleigh) Ryan Simpson
Notary Jeff Fairfield
Hercules John Lipovsky
John Wellington Wells (Family Sorcerer) Mark S. Cartier*
Lady Sangazure (Mother of the Bride, in love with Sir Marmaduke) Rebecca Beck
Aline (Her daughter, betrothed to Alexis) Jamie Beth Weist
Mrs. Partlet (The Vicar’s Maid) Lynette Miller
Constance (Her daughter, in love with the Vicar) Melissa Bills
The Villagers
Heather Bayley Jeff Fairfield
Ann-Marie Caron John Lipovsky
Carol Griffiths Dale McCormick
Linda Jackson-Washburn Rick O’Brien
Cynthia McGuire Aaron Rowden
Karen Lipovsky Andy Tolman
Ellen O’Brien Ben Whitestone
Peggy O’Kane
Jan Reynolds
Sabrina Yocono
Piano/Conductor Rebecca Caron
Keyboard Stefanie Barley
Flute Blaise Spath
Clarinet Carol Furman
Violin Ryu Mitsuhashi


*Member of Actor’s Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

From the Director

“It is very strange, this domination of our intellect by our digestive organs. We cannot work, we cannot think, unless our stomach wills so. It dictates to us our emotions, our passions. After eggs and bacon, it says, ‘Work!’ After beefsteak and porter, it says, ‘Sleep!’ After a cup of tea (two spoonsful for each cup, and don’t let it stand more than three minutes), it says to the brain, ‘Now, rise, and show your strength. Be eloquent, and deep, and tender; see, with a clear eye, into Nature and into life; spread your white wings of quivering thought, and soar, a god-like spirit, over the whirling world beneath you, up through long lanes of flaming stars to the gates of eternity!’” ~Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), 1889

Sally Lunn Batter Bread, 1 round loaf

4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup milk, room temperature
1/4 cup soft butter
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup warm water
2-1/4 tsp active dry yeast (1/4 oz. pkg)
5 cups bread flour

In large bowl, mix together eggs, milk, butter, salt, and sugar. Add warm water and yeast. Stir until yeast is dissolved. Mix in four cups flour. Cover batter with cloth and set in warm place for one hour. Stir down dough and mix in remaining cup of flour. Grease 9-inch tube pan and scrape batter evenly into pan. Cover and let dough rise in warm place for three hours or until doubled. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until brown on top and hollow when tapped. Serve bread with butter while it is still warm.