Princess Ida -or- Castle Adamant     (This production has closed)
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A Lyric Theatre Mainstage Production
Fully staged, in English, with orchestra and supertitles

Music by Arthur Sullivan
Libretto by W. S. Gilbert

Princess Ida and Prince Hilarion were betrothed in babyhood twenty years before the story begins.  She has grown up to head a woman’s university, where men are not only not allowed, they are reviled.  In fact, she teaches that “Man’s a donkey, Man’s a goose”, and that Man “at best is only a monkey shaved”.

Hilarion and two friends sneak into the school to try to change her mind.  Will they succeed?  Or will they be captured?  And what will become of humanity if Ida’s mindset prevails?

Gilbert's resetting of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s epic poem The Princess inspired some of Sullivan’s most beautiful music, including the group of songs in Act II known as the “string of pearls”.

Performances at the Montgomery Theater in Downtown San José
  • Sat, March 25, 2017, 8 pm
  • Sun, March 26, 2017, 2 pm
  • Fri, March 31, 2017, 8 pm
  • Sat, April 1, 2017, 2 pm
  • Sun, April 2, 2017, 2 pm
Stage Direction by Phil Lowery
Music Direction by Jeff Yaeger
Vocal Direction by Bruce Herman


Princess Ida – Kathryn Benedicto
Lady Psyche – Kim Anjal
Melissa – Gwyneth Price
Lady Blanche – Elana Cowen
Sacharissa – Brianna Stutzman
Chloe – Cheryl Passanisi
Ada – Jane Crockford
Hildegard – Dee Baily
Prince Hilarion – Greg Friedman
Cyril – Mark Blattel
King Hildebrand – Matthew La Rochelle
Florian – Brian Chin
King Gama – Ken Malucelli
Arac – Paul Zawilski
Guron – Cody Moore
Scynthius – Jeffrey Lampert


Crystal Adams
Dee Baily
Sharon Beltracchi
Shirley Benson
Geordie Burdick
Bob Crabb
Terri Crabb
Jane Crockford
Robyn Grei
Kathy Kriese
Doug Lippi
Dave Mack
Neil Midkiff
Joanne Newman
Cheryl Passanisi
Firefly Perry
Grace Popple
Daniel Smith
Brianna Stutzman
Karen Tricomo
Barbara Weissman
Terry Weissman
Paul Wendt

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