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Towson students to perform at Young Victorian Theatre Company

Seventeen Towson University students, alumni and faculty are set to take part in the Young Victorian Theatre Company’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Gondoliers.”

The cast of Young Victorian Theatre Company's "The Condoliers" includes 15 Towson University students and alums.

The cast of Young Victorian Theatre Company’s “The Condoliers” includes 15 Towson University students and alums.

Seniors Ashley Larkin and Ava Toppo are double-cast in the role of Fiametta. Senior NiZel Austin is Francesco. Master of Music alumna Katie Hosier plays Vittoria.

Senior voice performance major Andrew McGowan is choreographer. He will also perform in the ensemble, along with seniors LaShelle Bray, Cassie Jacobs and Nathan Wilcox; juniors Chris Fotis and Tate Thieman; sophomore Maggie Cave; and alumnae Alina Antonenko, Emily Gradowski, Jennifer Sohl and Laura Henry.

Mezzo-soprano and music professor Leneida Crawford is performing the role of Inez. Associate Voice and Opera Professor Phillip Collister serves as music director for the company.

“I am pleased that so many students from Towson are making their way into professional venues in Baltimore, and also that graduates are distinguishing themselves after leaving our program,” Collister says.

Young Vic, as it is known, been producing professional productions of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas for more than 40 years, regularly attracting the best talents in the region. Its shows are performed at the Sinex Theatre in the Macfarlane Arts Center of Roland Park Country School.

“The Gondoliers, or, The King of Barataria was the 12th opera written by Gilbert and Sullivan. Opening on December 7, 1889 at the Savoy Theatre, it ran for 554 performances, and was the last of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas to achieve wide popularity.

The final productions from Young Vic are Saturday, July 19, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 20, at 3 p.m. Tickets are available from the Young Vic box office online.

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