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Wagner College Theatre Season Resumes With Iolanthe


Luner on Theatre hops on the Staten Island Ferry today as we head back across New York Harbor to report on some news from our favorite college theatre program! Following a successful fall season presenting major musicals like Damn Yankees and The Most Happy Fella, Wagner College Theatre focuses the lights once again as productions gear back up to take over both the Main Stage and Stage One for the spring season. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Wagner College Theatre season resumes its season tonight Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe!

Wagner College Theatre’s season resumes as the nationally recognized department kicks off their spring season with Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe on the Main Stage. The production runs February 24th through February 27th with a second week running March 2nd through March 6th. All performances are at 8 PM with a 2 PM matinée on February 27th and March 5th. There is only a 2 PM performance on March 6th. Iolanthe, which features a book and lyrics by W. S. Gilbert and music by Arthur Sullivan, is reimagined by Rusty Curcio set in 1920’s Washington D.C. The fairies (Listed In Script As Peris) meet members of Congress (Listed In Script As Peers) as romance, mischief and more ensues! The legal system is turned upside-down as the ultimate question is asked of all; “To which Party do you belong? Liberal? Conservative? Or Fairy?”. Wagner College Theatre is no stranger to Gilbert & Sullivan work having previously presented The Pirates of Penzance 2003 and most recently, The Mikado in 2008 on the Main Stage as well.

Leading Iolanthe in the production’s title role is Lauren Dennis (Pictured Left). Other leading cast members include Addi Berry as Phyllis, Becca Barrett as Queen, Joe O’Malley as Chief Justice, Nicholas Barakos as Strephon, Dean Marino as Moutararat, Joshua Sottile as Tolloller, Maria Salerno as Celia, Taylor Baskin as Leila, Natalie Schaffer as Felta, Matthew Drinkwater as Agent Smith 1 and John Drinkwater as Agent Smith 2. The ensemble features Bobbi Barricella, Gabriella Baker, Jasmine Canziani, Eric Elson, Ryan Garbee, Gregory Ippolito, Dana Kluczyk, Megan Lione, Nick Mestakides, Emma Pittman, Chris Rucci, Carolyn Savoia, Mari Skoultchi, Clint Maddox Thompson, Garrett Toole, Gabriel Trimbur and Chris Zika.

Wagner College Theatre’s Head Of Dance Rusty Curcio (Pictured Right) helms the production as director and choreographer. Curcio returns to the Main Stage following his success staging CATS last season on the Main Stage. Dr. Joan Melton is musical director for the production. The rest of the creative team includes Vicki Neal as scenic designer, Martha Bromelmeier as costume designer, Phill Hickox as lighting designer, Richard Kroth as sound designer and Joanna Catalano providing a hair and make-up design. Amanda Taylor is production stage manager.

Wagner College Theatre is a nationally ranked college theatre program located at Wagner College on Staten Island in New York City. The theatre program, which has been around since the 1960′s, has worked its way up to become one of the top ranked theatre programs by The Princeton Review. It has remained in the Top 5 Programs for the past 10 years and this past year ranked in at #2 in the nation. The program boosts a wonderful list of alumni and produces eight productions a year with four on the Main Stage and four in the Stage One Studio. The department is well represented on Broadway both past and currently with alumni working on Amazing Grace, School Of Rock, Paramour, Spring Awakening, Disaster! and Nerds alone this season. Now into the spring season, only several productions remain for the 2015-16 season before Wagner College Theatre announces their 2016-17 season. For the rest of this year, audiences can expect to see the world premiere of New York Lands as well as The Dance Project in the Stage One Studio Theatre. On the Main Stage, Broadway’s Tony Award winning A Chorus Line will be staged by Tony Award winner Michele Pawk bringing another Main Stage season to a glorious finale. (Pictured Above Left: Damn Yankees at Wagner College in Fall 2015. Photo by Karen O’Donnell)

Don’t miss your chance to experience Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe, rarely seen, in this re-imagined staging at Wagner College Theatre! Tickets can be purchased at the box office located in Main Hall on the Wagner College Campus on Staten Island. Current Wagner College students can attend the production for free by showing their current student ID. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. For more, call the box office at (718) 390-3259. Thanks to Phil Hickox for the photo below and above! For more information, visit Wagner College Theatre’s Official WebsiteFacebook or TwitterAnd of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!