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UPDATE: OPENS TONIGHT: Local actress portrays Mad Margaret in Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Ruddigore” | West Seattle Herald / White Center News Skip to Main Content Area Tuesday, September 20, 2016 | Clear sky, 55.4 °F search Letters Sign in Subscribe Contact Us Front Page News Features Sports Opinion Police Blotter West Seattle neighbors putting up a fight to protect ponderosa pine By Lindsay Peyton The ponderosa pine located in the middle of ... Westside-O-Rama West Seattle Entertainment Guide Admiral Theater 2343 California Ave. S.W. 938-3456 Movie ... Foster dominates Evergreen 48-0 By Tim Clinton SPORTS EDITOR Blessing Leiato and Isaiah Ferrer ... Amanda's View: At the intersection of normalcy and public-figure-hood By Amanda Knox   Back in 2007, it seemed only people like me ... Police Blotter Week of 6-20-11 A woman on the 4000 block of 44th Ave S.W. received a call from ... News UPDATE: Leon Joslin dies at age 100 'Mr. Fancy Pants' UPDATE 5: 'The Hole' at Fauntleroy Place slated for an October sale UPDATE: OPENS TONIGHT: Local actress portrays Mad Margaret in Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Ruddigore” UPDATE: North Highline Unincorporated Area Council facing full budget cut in 2012 UPDATE: EVENT MOVED TO SHOWBOX SODO- Amanda Knox benefit July 8 to feature three bands SLIDESHOW: 6th annual Morgan Junction Community Festival was hit again Beach access Opening Celebration at Jack Block Park set for Fri. June 24 REMINDER: June 23, 2011: Give Big to White Center Food Bank with the Seattle Foundation UPDATE 2: SLIDESHOW- Citizens questioned McGinn at SW Seattle Town Hall at Hiawatha SLIDESHOW UPDATE: The city dump never looked so good Beyond Alki: Sustainable West Seattle holds tourism forum UPDATE 3: B-17 "Liberty Belle" could have been saved, says one pilot; Plane's pilot talks to Herald, says fire dept. tried, describes emergency landing SLIDESHOW: West Seattle construction roundup Tickets now on sale for the 17th annual West Seattle Garden Tour SLIDESHOW: Cargo train derails on Harbor Island, Spills 600 gallons of fuel On the Go week of 6-20-11 Constantine calls on County Council to fund 2 year funding plan for Metro or see major loss of bus service Doubly illegal dumping in White Center Mayor Mike McGinn to announce new solar energy opportunity Reminder: Delridge Produce Buyers Club meets for the first time Tuesday night SLIDESHOW: West Seattle Farmers Market celebrates Father's Day with grilling and give-aways SLIDESHOW: Dad's day demo at Avalon Glassworks yields jellyfish Want to help 'A Terrible Beauty' get open? UPDATE: SLIDESHOW- Art cars & artistic creators flocked Feedback Lounge & Zeek's parking lot Sunday night Weekend Photo Workshop in the Seattle Chinese Garden June 24-26 View Workflow Photos courtesy Hollis HeronIS SHE MAD? Long-time West Seattle resident and actress Hollis Heron will portray Mad Margaret in a lesser-known but gripping Gilbert & Sullivan tale. Play opens tonight, July 15. UPDATE: OPENS TONIGHT: Local actress portrays Mad Margaret in Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Ruddigore” Latest Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society production opens Tonight, July 15 By 07/15/2011 Seattle G&S Society website: To purchase tickets: UPDATE: Opens tonight, July 15 West Seattle actress Hollis Heron is set to portray “Mad Margaret” in the lesser-known but highly melodramatic Gilbert & Sullivan opera Ruddigore at the Bagley Wright Theatre, Seattle Center opening July 15. The Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society presents the show. “Gilbert and Sullivan is mostly farce,” said Heron, who has performed with the Society on and off since 2000. “Actually I didn't know about the genre at all until I auditioned for The Yeomen of the Guard. I just auditioned for it on a lark. To be honest it's my favorite show. Musically the most operatic of all of the stories they’ve written and the story is dark which is very different. “I really like Ruddigore. It's an interesting, whole idea. If you're familiar with the Pirates of Penzance, (H.M.S.) Pinafore, and Mikado that are all the palatable mass appeal shows, those three shows are just silly. The circumstances, the characters are really contrived. This show does have some flavor of contriving. What I like about the character I'm playing, Mad Margaret, her circumstances are pretty real, and I can play her real instead of playing her the farce.” In the play, Mad Margaret is in love with Sir Despard Mergatroyd, the younger brother who inherits a family curse when his older brother runs off. Because he is cursed, he must commit a serious crime every day or he will die a painful death. Things do get straightened out eventually via Gilbert & Sullivan’s plot twists and turns. Seattle G&S’s well-known cast member Dave Ross of KIRO FM portrays Sir Despard Mergatroyd. “I think we've got a great show,” he told the West Seattle Herald. It's full of ghosts, magic, special effect, and scary villains. I am as evil I think as I've ever been, on or off the radio.” “Ruddigore is set in the 1800's when this show was written,” said Heron. “That was pretty traumatic for a woman to suddenly be a spinster and I suspect she was really in love with him, and shunned and broken-hearted. There is no easy way to shrug that off in the 1800's, when women’s biggest value was whether they could marry and have children.” Her last role was the witch with the Auburn Community Players presentation of “Into the Woods”. Last year she appeared with Highland Park resident Scott Bessho in the French comedic operetta “La Perichole” written by composer Jacques Offenbach in 1868, a Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society production, directed by Fauntleroy resident David Koch. The the West Seattle Herald just featured Koch and his new West Seattle based musical theater kids camp, Sing Out Seattle! sponsored by Westside School. The show runs July 15 –17, 22-24, 29 & 30. For ticket information, visit: www.pattersong.org We encourage our readers to comment. No registration is required. We ask that you keep your comments free of profanity and keep them civil. They are moderated and objectionable comments will be removed. View the discussion thread. 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