The Grand Duke 2022 - POSTPONED
Our producers and artistic staff are sad to announce the postponement of The Grand Duke 2022, due to the recent and ongoing COVID omicron surge. We will be working to reschedule the show to some time in the next (hopefully) six months. STAY TUNED for new dates.
We hope that as many of the cast, crew, orchestra, and production staff as possible will be able to join us for the re-scheduled dates. Information and surveys will be coming out shortly via email.
Production Information & Chorus Registration
Vaccination status to participate:
As many theater groups are doing, we are requiring all cast and crew to be fully vaccinated and boosted, and we will be asking for proof of vaccination from everyone.
As of September 2021, the Town of Sudbury has an indoor mask mandate in place. We will re-assess all of our COVID safety protocols as appropriate for the conditions at the re-scheduled time.
We’ll be using Steve Malionek’s 2006 adaptation of the Grand Duke score.
From our 2006 production of The Grand Duke
Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Grand Duke
(a plot summary care of Wikipedia):
In The Grand Duke, Gilbert and Sullivan come full circle, back to the theme of their first collaboration, Thespis: a troupe of actors taking political power. The plot hinges on the misinterpretation of a 100-year-old law regarding statutory duels (decided by drawing cards). The baffled leading man of the troupe, Ludwig, spearheads the rebellion against the hypochondriac, miserly Grand Duke and becomes engaged to four different women before the plot is resolved.
The frugality and phoniness of the wealthy classes and the nobility is lampooned and, as in Princess Ida, The Mikado, The Gondoliers, and Utopia, Limited, the foreign setting emboldens Gilbert to use some particularly pointed satire.