MDI Drama to Present "Ruddi-GORE," A Comic Sendup of Gilbert and Sullivan

MDI Drama is continuing the tradition of presenting a fall musical with a production of the comedic Ruddigore, by Gilbert & Sullivan, with some of the special Maine twists we've all come to expect from director Frank Bachman. There are sailors, ghosts and a family curse in a land where heroes are villains and villains are heroes.

In order to do it safely, we will be filming the show, not as a film of a staged show but on location with Emmy-winning MDIHS film teacher Jeff Zaman, and presenting it drive-in movie style. Singing and acting rehearsals will be online for large groups, and possibly outdoors, and small-sized rehearsals can be in person with the necessary precautions. The show has been cut to a reasonable length to accommodate the filming and rehearsals.

Students, to audition, record yourself singing at least a few bars of "Over the Rainbow," made famous by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, and upload it into the production's Google Classroom page (code: pd2xkuq). While auditions were technically due this past Friday 9/25, don't let that stop you from submitting one over the weekend even if you're still on the fence.

An online Group Meet will be held on Monday, Sept. 28 at 6 pm (info available on the production Google Classroom page or by request). If you're interested, even if you haven't submitted an audition clip or if you're interested in tech, please come by to learn more about our plans.

Please contact MDI Drama Director and MDIHS English Teacher Casey Rush ( if you have any questions.

The villain who carries off the maiden. The good-mannered poor-but-virtuous-heroine. A hero in disguise. And his faithful old servant who dreams of their former glory days. The snake in the grass who claims to be following his heart. The wild, mad girl. The swagger of fire-eating patriotism. Ghosts coming to life to enforce a curse. Good becomes bad, bad becomes good, and heroes take the easy way out.

The typical Gilbert and Sullivan formula for an operetta.

But wait, what if this all happened in the mind of a Maine-based horror writer?

Who will take THE STAND against IT, if there is a curse? Will there be a SHINING hero? Or will all end up in MISERY? 

Come be CARRIE'd away in MDI Drama's Drive-In Mystery Musical Operetta.

Please CLICK HERE for audition information.

2020 Downeast Regional 
Class A Champion 

Photo: Chris Dougherty

MDI Drama's A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes 
is the 2020 Class A Champion of The Downeast Regional of the Maine Drama Festival.

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