In this fantastical musical tale of witches, magic and ghosts, we are introduced to the shy Robin Oakapple, performed by Robert Schaap, ( the The Lakeshore Light Opera’s president) , who pines after the fair rose Maybud while harboring a dark secret that will come to light and haunt him !
“Robin is the rightful Baronet of Ruddigore, however he is hiding in disguise while his younger brother, Sir Despard, bears the title and suffers the curse that accompanies it.
Robin’s foster brother, Richard, seeking Rose for himself, tells Despard about Robin’s deception. Offended Despard transfers the curse back to Robin. Thus discovered, Robin must take on the responsibility of committing a crime every day in order to appease the “Witch’s Curse”. The Ghosts of his ancestors appear to force Robin to respect this responsibility or perish in agony.
In contrast, Despard must learn to live a blameless life and starts by marrying Mad Margaret, a woman driven insane by her love for the bad baronet.
Exhausted by his new life of crime, Robin must find a way to bring back the peace and stability of his past life – but how to accomplish this feat ?
With catchy songs and a fantastic cast of endearing characters, Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore – The Witch’s Curse, will certainly bring a thrill to your evening !
For more information on the musical please visit : llo.org , call 514 804 4900 or visit us Lakeshore Light Opera’s Facebook page.
Photo provided by Talia Dezso Photography