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CAROUSEL (1945) Music by Richard Rodgers Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II


t Ohio Light Opera, June is indeed bustin’ out all over … and July and August too! Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, based on Ferenc Molnár’s 1909 poignant play Liliom, remains one of the cornerstones of mid20th-century musical theater. Rodgers said it best himself: “Oscar never wrote … more moving lyrics and … my score is more satisfying than any I’ve ever written…. It affects me deeply every time I see it performed.” When out-of-work carnival barker Billy Bigelow, after marrying mill girl Julie Jordan, becomes frustrated with his jobless state, he begins to take it out on her. When he learns that she is with child and that he has no means to support the family, he sees no alternative but to join with an acquaintance in a payroll heist. When his plan backfires in a big way, he finds himself years later with one more chance. Song gems include “If I Loved You,” “When the Children Are Asleep,” “What’s the Use of Wond’rin’,” Billy’s groundbreaking “Soliloquy,” and the supremely uplifting, yet tear-inducing, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Conductor: J. Lynn Thompson Director: Steven A. Daigle Cast Includes: Sarah Best, Lauren Silberstein, Tanya Roberts, Ivana Martinic, Chelsea Miller, Michelle Pedersen, Benjamin Krumreig

Show illustrations by Daniel Hobbs.









DAMN YANKEES (1955) Music and Lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross Book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop


ith almost 150 titles in its repertoire, you might think that OLO has covered all the bases … but not quite! This season the company follows up its blockbuster 2018 hit The Pajama Game with the second (and sadly, last) Adler and Ross hit, Damn Yankees. When Ross passed away at age 29 soon after the show’s opening, it closed the book on a team that seemed destined to join the ranks of Rodgers and Hammerstein and Lerner and Loewe. Middle-aged baseball fan Joe Boyd would give anything to see his hapless Senators beat the Yankees and claim the pennant. The Devil appears, accepts his offer, and in eventual exchange for his soul—but providing an escape clause—transforms Joe into a first-rate slugger. He joins the Senators and leads them to the season’s final two games, needing only a single win against the Yankees. To ensure that he “cashes in” on his deal, however, the Devil has called on his seductive “assistant” Lola to derail Joe from appearing in these games. The ebullient score features “Heart,” “Shoeless Joe from Hannibal Mo.,” “Good Old Days,” and “Whatever Lola Wants.” Conductor: Michael Borowitz Director: Jacob Allen Cast Includes: Spencer Reese, Christopher Sapp, Aidan Smerud, Vincent Gover, Sarah Best, Caitlin Ruddy









LET ’EM EAT CAKE (1933) Music by George Gershwin Lyrics by Ira Gershwin


Book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind

f you just can’t wait until November, you won’t want to miss OLO’s production of Gershwin’s outrageously satirical—yet perhaps still ringingly all too true—political musical Let ’Em Eat Cake. A sequel to Of Thee I Sing (seen at OLO in 2009), the show is enjoying its first full American production since its 1933 premiere. When President Wintergreen loses his reelection bid to Tweedledee, he and his bumbling former vice-president Throttlebottom lead a revolution against the new government, overthrow the democracy, and establish a dictatorship. When ten nations send representatives to discuss their war debts, but only Finland agrees to pay, Wintergreen proposes a “double or nothing” baseball game between the nine holdouts and the Supreme Court justices. When umpire Throttlebottom blows a foul ball call and the United States loses the game, Wintergreen and Throttlebottom are sentenced to death. But, the show ain’t over yet! Ira’s integrated lyrics and George’s captivating and, at times, complex music—topped off by the sublime contrapuntal duet “Mine” between Wintergreen and wife Mary— point the way to their masterpiece of two years later, Porgy and Bess. Conductor: J. Lynn Thompson Director: Julie Wright Costa Cast Includes: Adam Wells, Aidan Smerud, Tanya Roberts, Spencer Reese, Benjamin Krumreig

THE GONDOLIERS or The King of Barataria (1889) Music by Arthur Sullivan


Libretto by William Gilbert

n June 26, 1979, the Ohio Light Opera inaugurated its premiere season with a production of The Gondoliers. This comic opera, the last great success of Gilbert and Sullivan, is set in 1750 Venice and is arguably the pair’s most lilting, sparkling, and dance-filled score. The story deals with two foster brothers, gondoliers Marco and Giuseppe, who learn that one of them is presumably the heir to the throne of Barataria and was wed as an infant to Casilda, daughter of the impoverished Duke and Duchess of Plaza-Toro. The two gondoliers, however, through a game of blind man’s bluff, have selected and married Gianetta and Tessa. Toward the goal of replenishing his coffers, the Duke has come to Venice to seek the missing monarch for his daughter’s hand. To further complicate matters, Casilda is in love with Luiz, the Duke’s attendant and drummer. But … things are seldom what they seem! Song hits include “From the Sunny Spanish Shore,” “Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes,” “Dance a Cachuca,” and “When a Merry Maiden Marries.” Conductor: J. Lynn Thompson Director: Spencer Reese Cast Includes: Jacob Allen, Sarah Best, Lauren Silberstein, Joelle LaChance, Caitlin Ruddy

PATIENCE or Bunthorne’s Bride (1881) Music by Arthur Sullivan


Libretto by William Gilbert

n none of their collaborations did G&S deal as directly with contemporary society as in Patience. Designed as a mere spoof of the aesthetic movement that was sweeping England, the work was so popular that it wound up actually reinforcing the movement. With an initial run exceeding those of both H.M.S. Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance, Patience remains a fascinating portrayal of the fanaticism that can accompany social fads—something not totally foreign to our time. All the village lasses except the milkmaid Patience worship the pretentious poet Reginald Bunthorne. She sets her heart on her dashing childhood sweetheart, Archibald Grosvenor. But to love such perfection is selfish, she reasons, so she turns her attentions to Bunthorne. The other maidens now desert him for Grosvenor, who is convinced by his rival to de-aestheticize and become commonplace. But Bunthorne’s plan backfires. Sullivan’s score brims with melodic gems: “Love Is a Plaintive Song,” “The Magnet and the Churn,” and the irresistibly engaging BunthorneGrosvenor duet “When I Go Out of Door.” Conductor: TBD Director: Steven A. Daigle Cast Includes: Chelsea Miller, Vincent Gover, Adam Wells, Spencer Reese









VOYAGE TO THE MOON (Le Voyage dans La Lune) (1875) Music by Jacques Offenbach Original French Libretto by Albert Vanloo, Eugène Leterrier, and Arnold Mortier English Libretto by Henry S. Leigh


ver 41 seasons, OLO shows have been set in such exotic locales as Peru, Russia, Madrid, Indonesia, China, Greece, and even Hades. So, what’s left, you may ask? How about the moon! Inspired by Jules Verne’s 1865 novel From the Earth to the Moon, Jacques Offenbach and his librettists created, in Voyage to the Moon, a wonderfully wacky work, but with some of the composer’s most exalted operettic music. Prince Caprice, bored with life on Earth, has no interest in inheriting the crown from his father, King V’lan—he wants to go to the moon for some excitement. He engages the King’s scholar, Microscope, to find a way of getting him there. The sage returns days later with a 20-mile-long cannon, which propels him, Caprice, and V’lan to the lunar surface. There they meet their equivalents: King Cosmos, his advisor Cactus, and the Princess Fantasia. Among other “adjustments,” the earthlings must deal with the reality that, on the moon, love is considered a disease. Caprice has fallen hard for Fantasia, but, for obvious reasons, she shuns him. But Caprice has brought with him some apples … get it? Conductor: Michael Borowitz Director: Jacob Allen Cast Includes: Charles Piper, Tanya Roberts, Benjamin Krumreig








THE MOCK MARRIAGE (Die Juxheirat) (1904) Music by Franz Lehár Original German Libretto by Julius Bauer English Lyrics by Gregg Opelka English Dialogue by Steven A. Daigle


HAM! When the recently widowed Selma, daughter of American billionaire Thomas Brockwiller, swears off men forever and, with her girlfriends, forms an organization, Women Hate All Men!, she little realizes what she’s in for. Her father wants her to marry race car driver Harold, son of a business acquaintance. But Harold’s sister Juliane, who was once engaged to a man who left her for Selma, wants revenge. Under the false name Miss Grant, Juliane joins WHAM! and informs Selma that Harold’s sister has been known to dress up as a man and impersonate her brother. Selma, seeking a little fun with her WHAM! friends, decides to receive Harold—believing him to be Juliane. She goes so far as to invite him to kiss her in public. Her scheming father, feigning shock at this display, declares that this better be an engagement kiss. Selma, still reveling in the folly of the whole affair, agrees and Harold and Selma become man and wife. But when Juliane appears and Harold addresses her as “sister,” Selma goes ballistic. Lehár’s music for this remarkable female empowerment show bubbles with the same playfulness and sensuality that characterized his Merry Widow of just one year later. Conductor: Michael Borowiitz Director: Steven A. Daigle Cast Includes: Aidan Smerud, Chelsea Miller, Benjamin Krumreig, Tanya Roberts, Jacob Allen

THE 2020 SUMMER FESTIVAL SEASON Dear Friends of Ohio Light Opera,

O Laura Neill

Executive Director

Steven A. Daigle Artistic Director

Julie Wright Costa

Associate Artistic Director

n behalf of the 150 members of The Ohio Light Opera company, we invite you to attend performances in the 2020 festival season. As “America’s Premier Lyric Theater Festival,” The Ohio Light Opera offers fully-staged, fully-orchestrated, and engaging productions of classic operettas and musicals, including show titles not seen for many years. Our impressive 2020 season includes Carousel by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Damn Yankees by Adler & Ross, Let ’Em Eat Cake by George & Ira Gershwin, The Gondoliers and Patience by Gilbert & Sullivan, Voyage to the Moon by Jacques Offenbach, and The Mock Marriage by Franz Lehár. The historical performance practices of each work produced and added to our growing repertoire are delicately balanced with the resources of a state-of-the-art theater and engaging and entertaining performance values. We are happy to welcome you this summer to our second OLO Lagniappe week, from July 28-August 1, that includes several lectures, concerts, and presentations to enhance your OLO experience (see page 16). With 150 titles produced, over 300 productions, and over 750,000 patrons watching, The Ohio Light Opera has become the forerunner in promoting the lyric theater genre. The company’s contribution to the preservation and promotion of traditional lyric theater has received recognition in prominent national and international publications and its work is frequently cited by leading scholars of operetta and light opera. Thank you for your support of The Ohio Light Opera. We look forward to entertaining you again this summer. With warmest regards,

Artistic Director e-mail: ohiolightopera@wooster.edu

Executive Director e-mail: lneill@wooster.edu

J. Lynn Thompson Music Director

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Resident Guest Conductor

of the finest young instrumentalists in the country perform in The Ohio Light Opera Orchestra. In addition to accompanying all productions in Freedlander Theatre, they will again be featured in a special holiday event. The Company announces the 20th annual Pops Concert, to be performed on the evening of July 4th. This is a free concert on the public square in Downtown Wooster and has become a very wellattended annual event. All production photography in this brochure by Matt Dilyard.




The Devil’s Rider, OLO 2019


or forty one seasons, The Ohio Light Opera has dedicated itself to the exploration and production of the best of traditional operetta and musical theater. Founded by James Stuart as a Gilbert and Sullivan repertory summer festival, the company has grown to encompass all forms in the light opera canon. This includes the complete Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire, as well as the recognized treasures from the Viennese, French, Hungarian, German, British, and American repertoire. In recent years, the company has expanded its offerings to include traditional musical theater—rare musical gems as well as popular works that are nevertheless being produced less often today. Composers represented include Adler and Ross, Berlin, Bernstein, Bock and Harnick, Gershwin, Kern, Leigh, Lerner and Loewe, Loesser, Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Rodgers and Hart, Styne, Sondheim, and Willson. Along with this unique mission, the company also reconstructs and produces those rare operetta titles of artistic value that were popular in their own times but have long since been forgotten. The historical performance practices of each work premiered are delicately balanced with the resources of a state-of-the-art theater and engaging and entertaining performance

values. Each summer, between seven and nine titles are presented in a revolving format of approximately 60 performances over an eight-week period. Nearly 20,000 patrons each season see productions in The College of Wooster’s intimate Freedlander Theatre. Over 120 company members from around the United States are selected each year to become a part of our residency program. The 40 performing artists who make up the vocal ensemble are chosen for their abilities to perform and work at the highest level in all disciplines demanded by the company’s specialized repertoire: singing, acting, and dancing. With 150 titles produced, over 300 productions, and over 750,000 patrons watching, The Ohio Light Opera has become the forerunner in promoting the lyric theater genre. The company’s contribution to the preservation and promotion of traditional lyric theater has received recognition in prominent national and international publications and its work is frequently cited by leading scholars of operetta and light opera. In residency on The College of Wooster campus, the summer festival offers a country setting with an inviting community that is proud of the unique service this company has given to its many patrons and to the art form. The Ohio Light Opera produces historical titles in the spirit of being faithful to the original material. This tradition has successfully brought patrons to our festival for over 40 years. We make every effort to balance the artistic traditions of the past with the sensitivities expected from our present society. Although words may be omitted and stereotypes softened, OLO performance editions sometimes contain prejudices that were prevalent at the time of a work's creation. To completely ignore these prejudices, or change the creation entirely, would be the same as not acknowledging or recognizing that they existed. —Steven A. Daigle

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The 2020 Cast Will Include:

Jacob Allen

Emily Anderson

Nathaniel Bear

Sarah Best

Alan Boudreaux

Nathan Bowles

Bennett Chew

Justin Daley

Vincent Gover

Christopher Holmes

Mark Hosseini

Natalia Hulse

Kathleen Kane

Kira Kaplan

Niko Krieger

Benjamin Krumreig

Teryn Kuzma

Joelle LaChance

Maggie Langhorne

Quincy Lawson

Rachel Liske

Ethan Mann

Timothy Marsh

Ivana Martinic

Spiro Matsos

Chelsea Miller

Jayde Mitchell

Sarah Neal

James Ofalt

Michelle Pedersen

Elizabeth Perkins

Charles Austin Piper

Spencer Reese

Maya Rickard

Tanya Roberts

Caitlin Ruddy

Christopher Sapp

Lauren Nash Silberstein

Aidan Smerud

Nathan Snyder

Jenson Wall

Adam Wells

Julie Wright Costa

ORDER YOUR TICKETS TODAY! online: ohiolightopera.org S by phone: 330.263.2345 by mail: see order form on page 23 We look forward to seeing you this summer!

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OLO Lagniappe July 28-August 1 Lagniappe - lan'yap – something given as a bonus or extra gift.


s the title suggests and in appreciation of 41 years of audience support, the Ohio Light Opera will be providing its OLO family with a week of special events. From July 28 to August 1, the company will be offering lectures, musical concerts, and video presentations—all celebrating our 42nd festival season and our unique mission. These sessions are free of charge (first come, first served) for OLO show ticket holders. In the true spirit of a festival, these extra events make a wonderful addition to a week during which patrons can see and hear all seven shows!

Special Events JULY 28 – OLO GOES HOLLYWOOD SUNNY SIDE UP! SONG HITS FROM HOLLYWOOD’S GOLDEN AGE A musical revue featuring your favorite songs— and a few lesser-known gems—from the golden age of Hollywood musicals, from their beginnings in the late 1920s through the early 1950s. Thrill to the tunes of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers, Vincent Youmans, and others. The show features OLO vocalists and a witty, sentimental storyline that will bring back memories of these tunes of a bygone era. TUESDAY JULY 28

JULY 29 and JULY 31 – TREASURES FROM THE “MERRY VIDEO VAULTS” Two full-morning sessions will be devoted to operetta and musical theater on video. The first will feature clips from past OLO seasons, ranging from the 1980s to the present. If you saw the presentations the past two years (or even if you didn’t), you won’t want to miss this one—all new material. The second session will offer a surprise feature film presentation! JULY 29-AUGUST 1 – LECTURES Enjoy four days of lectures given by OLO company members and a few special guests. The focus of these talks will be on the repertoire in the 2020 season. JULY 30 – SONGS FROM THE CUTTING-ROOM FLOOR The path from conception to opening night of an operetta or musical was typically a long one, with songs reworked, reassigned, deleted, or added to fit the evolving demands of the show and its stars. This two-hour concert, back by popular demand and presented by members of the OLO cast, will feature discussion and performance of songs that were originally cut from or added to shows of this season’s repertoire as well as shows from past seasons.




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TICKET INFORMATION & PRICES Season Subscriptions: Subscribe for the Season! Choose four, five, six, or seven performances at a discount from individual ticket prices.

Individual Ticket Pricing (Musicals/Operettas) Single Tickets.......................................................... $56/$52 Students (ages: 16-23).................................................. $20 Children (ages: 3-15)....................................................... $10

Unused Tickets: Ticket holders unable to use or exchange their tickets may notify the ticket office so that those tickets can be resold. These “turnbacks” make seats available to other music lovers and can provide additional income to the Opera. Lost Tickets: If you lose your original tickets, duplicates can be made for you.

Subscription Rates (Musicals/Operettas— Price Per Ticket) 7 Different Performances.................................. $50/$46 6 Different Performances.................................... $51/$47 5 Different Performances...................................$52/$48 4 Different Performances.................................. $54/$50

Parking Information: Parking is FREE in all College of Wooster signed lots. Spaces fill up quickly so please plan to arrive early. Visit the website for more information on parking at Freedlander Theatre, as well as directions to the theatre and any known road construction.

Ordering Tickets: The Ohio Light Opera accepts Visa, MasterCard, and Discover Card. You may call 330.263.2345, order tickets online at ohiolightopera. org, or mail your order to the box office at:

Air Conditioning: Freedlander Theatre is air conditioned. Some Ohio Light Opera patrons might like to bring a sweater or jacket to wear during the performance.

The Ohio Light Opera The College of Wooster 1189 Beall Avenue Wooster, OH 44691

Decorum Reminder: Freedlander Theatre is an intimate space. Please keep in mind that talking during the overture and/or throughout the performance is distracting to fellow audience members as well as to the performing company. Also, please refrain from opening noisy candy or gum wrappers during the show. Please turn off all noise-emitting devices before entering the theater. Photography and recordings of any kind are prohibited.

If you have requested your tickets to be mailed, you will receive them at least one month prior to the performance. NO REFUNDS. NO CANCELLATIONS. Box Office Location & Hours: (Please note the locations of our winter & summer offices) January 8-May 15, 2020: The Ohio Light Opera The College of Wooster Westminster Church House 353 East Pine Street (Corner of College Ave and E. Pine St.) Wooster, OH 44691 May 18-August 8, 2020: Freedlander Theatre 329 East University Street Wooster, OH 44691 Monday-Friday........................................ 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday (beginning June 13).............. 12 noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday (beginning July 5)................................12:30-4 p.m. 24-Hour Order Online: Visit our secure website, ohiolightopera.org, to view available seats, order, and pay for your tickets. Group Discounts: Last year, more than 2,000 people saw Ohio Light Opera performances with our group discount plan. (Musicals/Operettas)

Late Seating: All performances begin promptly at 2 p.m. for matinees and 7:30 p.m. for evening shows. In deference to the comfort and listening pleasure of the audience in the house, late-arriving patrons will not be seated while the performance is in progress. Latecomers are asked to wait quietly until the first convenient break in the program, when ushers will assist you into the theatre. These arrangements are at the discretion of the house manager in consultation with the artistic director and performing artists. Thank you for your cooperation. Pre-Performance Talks Friday and Saturday Evenings at 6:30 p.m.: Enhance your enjoyment of the evening’s performance by learning lesser-known facts about the show’s history and tips to recognize the unique special pleasures of each show. We feature lecturers seasoned in the experience and study of operetta. No reservations are necessary. Lectures begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and are held in the Lean Lecture Room, down the hall from Freedlander Theatre Lobby. Check for signs in the lobby for the location of these informative and free gatherings!

20-46 people...................................... $53/$49 per ticket 47-100 people........................$52.50/$48.50 per ticket over 100 people..................................$52/$48 per ticket Put together a group of people and come to Wooster for an afternoon or evening of operetta—a joy for all at wonderful savings! Call the Box Office at 330.263.2345 or 330.263.2329 to order tickets for your group. Our group sales coordinator will be glad to assist you with your plans. Ticket Exchanges: You have the privilege of exchanging tickets, subject to availability, within the 2020 season. Tickets being exchanged must be RECEIVED in the ticket office no later than 48 hours prior to the performance date on the original tickets. Exchanges may be made in person or by mail. There is a $3.00 PER TICKET charge for exchanges. No other exchanges are possible.

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June 13 ★ Carousel* June 14


June 16

June 17 Carousel

June 21


June 23

June 24

June 30

Let ’Em Eat Cake July 12 Damn Yankees July 19




Let ’Em Eat Cake

July 15

July 16

July 22

July 28

July 23 Voyage to the Moon

July 29

August 4


August 5 The Mock Marriage

Damn Yankees


July 30 Let ’Em Eat Cake

July 10

July 11

The Carousel* Gondoliers

Let ’Em Patience* Eat Cake

July 17

July 18

Damn Yankees

July 24

July 25

The Let ’Em Carousel Eat Cake Gondoliers*

July 31


Damn Yankees*

August 1

Damn The Mock Voyage to The Carousel Gondoliers Yankees* Marriage the Moon*

August 6 Voyage to the Moon


Voyage to Let ’Em the Moon Eat Cake*

The Gondoliers

Voyage to the Moon

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July 9

Damn Yankees*

July 4

July 3 Damn Yankees

★ Patience

Voyage to The Mock the Moon Marriage

The Mock Marriage August 2

The Gondoliers

★ Carousel The Mock Marriage

Let ’Em Eat Cake July 26

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July 14

Patience 7/20

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June 27


Damn Yankees


June 20

June 26 Carousel


The Gondoliers


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July 1 ★

July 5

June 19

Damn Yankees

★ Let ’Em Eat Cake

Damn Yankees June 28 6/29

June 18 ★ Damn Yankees


August 7 Carousel

August 8

Let ’Em The Eat Cake* Gondoliers

★ Indicates an Opening Performance * Indicates a Pre-Performance Lecture at 6:30 p.m. prior to Friday & Saturday evening performances. Informative & Free! £ Limited seating availability – get your tickets today!

Freedlander Theatre, 329 East University Street, Wooster, OH 44691

OLO 2020 Festival Special Events June 13 – Opening Night Dessert Reception The audience is invited to an informal dessert reception to celebrate the opening of our 42nd summer season. Meet with the cast and company in the lobby immediately following the 7:30 performance of Carousel.

July 8 – Kids Day 1-2 p.m. Meet in Lean Lecture Room (adjacent to Freedlander Theatre, downstairs) for “Gondoliers” day! You can "Dance a Cachuca" with several cast members and get a backstage tour prior to the performance of The Gondoliers. Don't miss out!

July 4 – Independence Day Pops Concert 7-8 p.m. The concert features the full OLO orchestra and cast of singers, and is presented on the square in downtown Wooster. Join us for the 20th annual concert which is free and open to the community, presented in partnership with Main Street Wooster. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy!

July 28-August 1 – Lagniappe All Lagniappe events are complimentary and available to patrons on a first come, first served basis. Please read page 16 of this brochure for more details.

For more information regarding our season's events, please call 330.263.2345. 22 Box Office: 330.263.2345


Please list alternate dates, when possible, to allow for sold-out performances. Individual Shows

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Damn Yankees MUSICAL




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The Gondoliers OPERETTA



Let ’Em Eat Cake MUSICAL


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*Single Tickets: Musicals $56/Operettas $52 Students $20 (ages 16-23) • Children $10 (ages 3-15)

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*Subscription pricing can be found on page 21.


All Lagniappe events are free and available to patrons on a first-come, first-served basis. No ticket is required for these events. Please call 330.263.2345 for more information.

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