Light Opera of Portland set to Stage Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe

Hilarious political satire comes to Alpenrose Dairyville in August.

Portland, Ore – July 22, 2016

Light Opera of Portland takes a dig at political rivalries with this satirical story about what happens when a band of fairies takes over the government. Featuring a pompous, dim-witted ruling elite (a favorite theme of Gilbert and Sullivan), a leading man who’s half a fairy (find out which half), and Iolanthe, (banished from Fairyland for miscegenation with a mortal), the elegant absurdity incites laughter and wonderment at how some things never change.

On August 19-21 and 26-28 the company will present Gilbert & Sullivan’s IOLANTHE at the Alpenrose Dairyville Opera House. In celebration with the 100th anniversary of Alpenrose Dairy, this production will be presented as it was performed in 1916 with fairy costumes from that art nouveaux period. Promising to provide great fun for the whole family, the light opera carries attendees into a fairyland to witness the House of Lords at its most hilarious, and partake of the sweet love story between Phyllis and Strephon.

Gilbert and Sullivan, masters of political satire, have a way with beautiful music as well as a deftly turned phrase. Sullivan’s captivating score, unmistakably influenced by both Mendelssohn and Wagner, contains some of his most accomplished and beautiful music. The seventh of fourteen operatic collaborations by the duo, Iolanthe was first performed at the Savoy Theater in London in 1882. The quick-witted, compressed lyrics of Gilbert were the rap of his day, riddled with tongue-twisters and double entendre and not employed throughout an entire musical until Broadway’s latest hit HAMILTON.

The Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7:30 PM, and the Sunday performances will be at 3:30 PM. Tickets is available at To help celebrate the 100th anniversary year of Alpenrose Dairy, the LOoP players will be serving sundaes to attendees following each performance.

See for more information on this production.

About LOoP: Now in its fifth year, the Light Opera of Portland is one of the very few resident musical repertory companies in Oregon. As much an extended family as a group of players, the troupe brings together talented cast and crew members to perform live light opera and musical theatre productions, specializing in the works of Gilbert & Sullivan. Outside of creating a fantasy world on stage, a few LOoP players have real world jobs that are a bit less fanciful, including an insurance agent, a public health manager, an accountant, a police officer and a forest cartographer. More information is available at

About the Alpenrose Opera House: Located at 6149 SW Shattuck Rd, Portland, OR 97221, the Alpenrose Dairyville Opera house hosts nightly screenings of comedy shorts as well as theater performances of the Northwest Senior Theatre and the Light Opera of Portland. This year, the Alpenrose Dairy is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

Photos:Fairies - low res


The 3 little fairies: Shown are, left to right, Leila – Sarah Ominski, Celia – Samantha Hughes, Fleta – Jan Rosenthal. Mischievous fairies that both find the peers silly and humorous and also pine for them – “For self‑contained dignity, combined with airy condescension, give me a British Representative Peer!”

Peers - low res

The Peers: Shown are, Left to right, Lord Montararat – Mark Flannery, Private Willis – John Kost, Lord Chancellor – Rob Patrick, Lord Tolloler – Dennis Kelly, Unnamed Lord – Ron Swingen. The peers are contemplating “I don’t want to say a word against brains – I’ve a great respect for brains – I often wish I had some myself – but with a House of Peers composed exclusively of people of intellect, what’s to become of the House of Commons?”

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