Iolanthe (Lyric Theatre of San Jose, 2015)

Lyric Theatre of San Jose banner for Iolanthe, 2015
20 Jun 2015 to 28 Jun 2015

After Iolanthe, a fairy, commits the capital offense of marrying a mortal, she is banished from Fairyland for life. She gives birth to their son, Strephon, who, as a result, is half mortal, half fairy. After the Queen of the Fairies, who is fond of Iolanthe, agrees to pardon her, Iolanthe announces that her son Strephon will soon be married to Phyllis, an Arcadian shepherdess.

Problems occur when it turns out that every member of the House of Lords is also in love with Phyllis. The Lords and Phyllis happen upon a meeting between Strephon and his mother (who still looks seventeen) and the Lords convince Phyllis that Strephon is being unfaithful.

The fairies punish the Lords by sending Strephon to Parliament and casting a spell that makes all the peers pass any bill that Strephon wants. Phyllis soon forgives him and the two are once again in love. After the Lords complain to the fairies about Strephon's success, the fairies end up falling in love with them.

How will they avoid the punishment for falling in love with these mortals?

Performances at the Montgomery Theater in Downtown San José

Sat, June 20, 2015, 8 pm
Sun, June 21, 2015, 2 pm
Thu, June 25, 2015, 8 pm
Fri, June 26, 2015, 8 pm
Sat, June 27, 2015, 8 pm
Sun, June 28, 2015, 2 pm

Stage Direction by Cheryl Blalock
Music Direction by Thomas Shoebotham