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A scene from the Choir Musical Utopia, Limited. Photo by Matt Poterba '12.
A scene from the Choir Musical Utopia, Limited. Photo by Matt Poterba '12.

Choir to Stage Gilbert and Sullivan's Utopia, Limited

By Michelle Reiser-Memmer  |  Contact Michelle Reiser-Memmer (315) 859-4331
Posted February 6, 2009
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The Hamilton College Choir will present its annual fully staged musical Feb. 6-8 in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for the Performing Arts. Directed by G. Roberts Kolb and featuring members of the Hamilton College Choir, Gilbert and Sullivan's Utopia, Limited, or The Flowers of Progress, will be performed Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6 and 7, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m.
 
The musical is set on the South Sea island of Utopia. King Paramount of Utopia decides that his people should adopt all English customs and institutions, but he goes a bit overboard and decrees that the kingdom and each of its inhabitants should become a "company limited" based on the English "companies act" of 1862. The king's daughter, Princess Zara, brings six "flowers of progress" from England to train the Utopian people in English customs. But the reforms are too successful, which upsets the judges of the Utopian Supreme Court, the Public Exploder and ultimately the entire populace, which revolts against them. 

The production features lighting and set design by William DiPaolo and choreography by Leslie Norton. The cast is Winston Cook-Wilson '09 as King Paramount the First; David Moroney '09 as Scaphio; Cliff Robbins '10 as Phantis; Tom Williams '11 as Tarara (the Public Exploder); Nate Taylor '11 as Lord Dramaleigh (a British Lord Chamberlain); Peter Mallozzi '09 as Captain Fitzbattleaxe (First Life Guards); Phill Hoying '09 as Mr. Goldbury (a company promoter); Katie Anderson '11 as Princess Zara; Alison McLaughlin '11 as Princess Kalyba; Julia Wilber '11 as Princess Nekaya; and Meg Clary '11 as Lady Sophy.

Tickets for the performance are $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, and $3 for students. All seating is general admission. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 859-4331 or visit www.hamiltonpa.org.

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