West Michigan Savoyards is a Gilbert & Sullivan performing company that seeks to enrich the community of greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan and make community theater available to senior citizens and students.
Our 2016 production of The Mikado was well-received by all who attended! Thanks to all for your support. Special thanks to the cast and crew who spent countless hours rehearsing, building sets, sewing costumes, and more.
2016 was the fourth year for our scholarship program. Area high schools were represented with essay papers relating The Mikado to subjects including English, Government, Drama, Choir, and History. Click here for a list of winners, finalists, and details on our scholarship program.
2017 Production: April 27-30
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Act I – PLOT SUMMARY
In the town of Rederring, in
Dame Hannah tells the bridesmaids about the curse of Ruddigore. Centuries ago, Sir Rupert Murgatroyd, the first Baronet of Ruddigore, had
After the horrified bridesmaids exit, Dame Hannah greets her niece, Rose, and asks whether there is any young man in the village whom she could love. Rose, who takes her ideas of Right and Wrong from a book of etiquette, replies that all of the young men she meets are either too rude or too shy. Dame Hannah asks particularly about Robin Oakapple, a virtuous farmer, but Rose replies that he is too diffident to approach her, and the rules of etiquette forbid her from speaking until she is spoken to. Robin enters, claiming to seek advice from Rose about “a friend” who is in love. Rose says that she has such a friend too, but Robin is too shy to take the hint. Rose’s devotion to etiquette prevents her from taking the first step, and so they part.
Old Adam, Robin’s faithful servant, arrives and addresses Robin as Sir Ruthven (pronounced “Rivven”) Murgatroyd. Robin reveals that he is indeed Sir Ruthven, having fled his home twenty years previously to avoid inheriting the Baronetcy of Ruddigore and its attendant curse. He tells Adam never to reveal his true identity. Now Richard Dauntless, Robin’s foster-brother, arrives after ten years at sea. Robin tells him that he is afraid to declare his love to Rose, and Richard offers to speak to her on his behalf. When Richard sees Rose, however, he falls in love with her himself and proposes immediately. After consulting her book of etiquette, Rose accepts.
Mad Margaret appears,
The village gathers to celebrate the nuptials of Rose and Robin. Sir Despard interrupts, revealing that Robin is his elder brother and must accept his rightful title as the Bad Baronet. Rose, horrified at Robin’s true identity, resolves to marry Despard – who refuses her: now free of the curse, the ex-baronet takes up with his old love and fiancée Mad Margaret, who is ecstatic. Rose then accepts Richard, as he “is the only one that’s left.” Robin leaves to take up his rightful identity as Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd.
At Ruddigore Castle, Robin (now Sir Ruthven) tries to come to grips with being a bad baronet, a task at which he proves to be spectacularly lacking. Old Adam suggests various evil crimes, but Robin prefers minor acts that are not criminal, but “simply rude”. Richard and Rose enter to ask Robin’s consent to their marriage, which he gives grudgingly.
Robin’s weak crimes stir his ancestral ghosts from their usual haunt of the castle’s portrait gallery. The curse requires them to ensure that their successors are duly committing a crime every day, and to torture them to death if they fail. They inquire as to Robin’s compliance with this requirement. They are not pleased to learn that the newly-recognised baronet’s crimes range from the ubiquitous (filing a false
Despard has atoned for his previous ten years of evil acts and has married Mad Margaret. The two of them now live a calm, dispassionate life of moderately-paid public service. They come to the castle and urge Robin to renounce his life of crime. When Robin asserts that he has done no wrong yet, they remind him that he is morally responsible for all the crimes Despard had done in his stead. Realising the extent of his guilt, Robin resolves to defy his ancestors.
Meanwhile, Adam has complied with Robin’s orders but has unfortunately chosen to abduct Dame Hannah. The dame proves formidable indeed, and Robin cries out for his uncle’s protection. Sir Roderic duly appears, recognises his former love and, angered that his former fiancée has been abducted, dismisses Robin. Left alone, he and Dame Hannah enjoy a brief reunion. Robin interrupts them, accompanied by Rose, Richard and the bridesmaids. He
Now that Robin is free of the curse, Rose once again drops Richard and happily resumes her engagement to Robin. Roderic and Dame Hannah embrace, while Richard settles for the First Bridesmaid, Zorah.
— Source: edited from Wikipedia