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Starlight Children’s Theatre brings “Iolanthe” to life in summer production

Leora Zeitlin

Young actors of the Starlight Children’s Theatre Co. have been busy for weeks preparing their summer production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic operetta, “Iolanthe,” which opens in Las Cruces on Friday, July 10. Along the way, they have memorized thousands of words and a great deal of music, learned to understand British English from the 19th century, found out about the history of Parliament and the British class system, and engaged in the myriad details of putting on a show. “In every aspect of our theatre, we plan for the highest quality,” says Dr. Ginger Scarbrough Andersen, who founded the company eight years ago. She joined two young actors, Mason Hooley and Bridget Andersen, in an interview with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about “Iolanthe,” a story of marriage mayhem between British Peers and mischievous Fairies.