Yes, I even made the straight jacket.
The Father receives an ambassador from the Moon (really a beau in disguise) who tells of a marriage proposal from the Emperor himself.
Harlequin and Scaramouch are rivaling suitors to the girl's Governess, Mopsophil.
Both sneak into her room for a chance meeting...
Her beloved Charmante shows up and they quarrel.
Elaria and her beau Cinthio show up and quarrel too.
Planning to beg for forgiveness for their bad behavior.
The girls are amused over the foolishness of a man in love!
The beaus ask for forgiveness by doing some interpretive dance moves
But wait! The Father's key is heard in the lock! Run!
They've been naughty entertaining the beaus in their boudoir, they have got to hide...but where?
Scaramouch reveals the tapestry he has prepared as a surprise for Doctor Baliardo's return.
'Twas the moon people come to us in dreams...ya, that's the ticket.
The wooing of Mopsophil, Scaramouch has almost won her until Harlequin shows up in disguise as his jilted wife.
This is when it got a little Victor/Victoria for me. I had a woman costumed as a man disguised as a woman.
Another attempt at disguises to win the hand of Mopsophil.
She has had it with their constant fighting.
And chooses neither.
Oh! My wounded pride!
Hark! The music of the spheres...the moon people are coming!
They are dressed as commanded for the royal visit.
"with any luck we'll be married soon"
The astronomer Kepler announces the first visitors...
The twelve signs of the zodiac crawl through the window onstage.
They sing and dance.
They herald the arrival of their Monarchs.
Just then, the Knights of the Sun arrive to claim the hand of Mopsophil.
They duke it out.
And he's down!
And the winner is Scaramouch!
"Scaramouch? My servant Scaramouch?" The Doctor realizes he's been had.
It is explained that this great charade was planned because no mortal man could ever measure up to the Doctor's fantasies of the inhabitants of the Moon. He sees his error and accepts the marriages of his Daughter and Niece to their true loves.
The Doctor sees his fantastical obsession for the first time as everyone else...just the moon in the night sky.
The heart felt epilogue is spoken.
The principles take a bow.
The entire cast and Director take the stage to thunderous applause.
The University of Rochester International Theatre Program presents
Aphra Behn's "The Emperor of the Moon"
Directed by Matthew Earnest
Scenic Design by Sean Tribble
Costume Design by William Bezek
Lighting Design by Derek Wright
Sound Design by James Kosmatka
Original Music by Patrick Johnson
Voice and Acting Coaching by Danny Hoskins
Production Photography by J Adam Fenster
John Amir-Fazli as Mopsophil
Kelsey Burritt as Harlequin
Sullivan Kidder as Elaria
Melissa Martin as Charmante
Andrew Polec as Bellemante
Esty Thomas as Pedro/Kepler
Christine Rose as Scaramouch
William Vezinaw as Cinthio
AND THE ZODIAC CHOIR:
Jacqueline O'Donnell, Mohammad Seraji, Matthew Myers, Laura Nichols, Douglas Zeppenfeld, Greg Corrado, Sarah Joseph, Grace Interlichia, Nina Desoi, David Bang, Paul Vegara, and Amory Kisch