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P.O Box 1922
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
Phone (734) 973-3264
Fax (734) 973-6281
Email: constu@comcast.net
www.comicoperaguild.org

Comic Opera Guild's 2017 Show

The Free Lance

by John Phillip Sousa

Sunday, April 2, 2 pm and 8 pm

Towsley Auditorium, Washtenaw Community College

Tickets are now available for purchase

Reserved Seating. Plenty of parking.

Adults $20.00 Seniors and Students $17.00

1. Online. http://thefreelance.bpt.me

2. By phone. 1-800-838-3006

3. At the door. Payable by check, cash or credit card

For information, or to be added to our email notification list, contact us at constu@comcast.net or call 734-973-3264

ABOUT THE SHOW

The Comic Opera Guild continues its research and exploration of the American Musical Theater from the early part of the 20th Century with this production of a neglected Sousa operetta. The Guild has previously produced Sousa's EL CAPITAN, THE CHARLATAN and CHRIS & THE WONDERFUL LAMP. This production will result in the first complete recording of the show.

The operettas of Sousa drew their inspiration from the work of Gilbert and Sullivan. THE FREE LANCE is a sendup of militarism and war, as the leaders of Braggadocia and Graftiana decide to fight a war because an arranged marriage between them has gone awry. They are, however, completely inept at warfare, and end up both hiring a free lance mercenary to fight it for them. He is equally inept, but manages to solve the conflict in a clever way.

Sousa, of course, was a fierce patriot, and loved the glamor of the military. In this operetta, he makes fun of himself as much as the purveyors of war.

CAST

SIEGMUND LUMP, David Andrews, baritone
DUKE OF GRAFTIANA, Chris Grapentine, bass
EMPEROR OF BRAGGADOCIA, Thomas Petiet, baritone
PRINCESS YOLANDA, Schyler Sheltrown, soprano
GRISELDA, Amanda Williams, soprano
MOPSA, Patricia Petiet mezzo
PRINCE FLORIAN, TBA, tenor
PERTINAX, Geoffrey Kelm, baritone
DAGONET, James Wessel Walker, baritone
HERALD, TBA, actor
LEANDRE, Claire Agresta, soprano
JAQUELINE, Alice Collins-Thompson, alto
DIANE, Natalie Emptage, soprano

CHORUS

MUSICIANS, later Amazons

LINDA LEE AUSTIN, AMY BULMER, MARGARET COUNIHAN, BARBARA COX-DIAMOND,
HEATHER HAMILTON, ELKE KRAMER, MARTI LARSON, SARA MAYMAN, KIM PENNINGTON,
JEAN ROWAN, CHRIS SCHWARTZ, LIS SKLAR, DONNA STEMPIEN, JOAN WESTBROOK

POETS, Later knights of Graftiana, then brigands

GORDON BARNETT, LAWRENCE BRYK, ROBERT DOUGLAS, LYNNE HERCHE,
PAUL HOLTZ, HANS KEMNITZ, TOM SKYLIS, BOB WESTBROOK