Jack Chesney loves Kitty Verdun, and Charley loves Miss Amy Spettigue. Old Stephen Spettigue – Miss Amy’s Uncle, won’t let the ladies anywhere near the young men without a chaperone. So, the boys invite the ladies to meet Charley’s wealthy aunt from Brazil, “Where the nuts come from.” Cancelling her visit at the last minute, the millionaire aunt sends the boys into cataclysmic confusion. What do they do now?
The problem is solved by drafting their feckless Oxford undergrad pal into a black satin skirt, bloomers and wig. As "Charley's Aunt", this charming frump is introduced to the ladies, to Jack's father and to Stephen Spettigue, Amy's guardian. When the real aunt turns up, classic comic confusion ensues as Fancourt Babberley, posing as "Charley's Aunt", tricks Spettigue into agreeing to the marriage of his ward, the real aunt marries Jack's father, Jack gets Miss Verdun, and Fanny Babbs regains the fortune he lost at gambling as well as the girl he loves.
Directed and designed by GSB Performing Arts Chair Paul H. Canada, and produced by Todd Ross '94, this hilarious, critically acclaimed comedy takes place in 19th Century Victorian England and America, during Oxford Commemoration Week of 1892.
First performed at the Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds in February 1892, then opened in Royalty Theatre in London on December 21, 1892, the production quickly transferred to the infamous Globe Theatre on January 30, 1893. Charley’s Aunt broke the record for longest-running play worldwide, with 1,466 performances.
GSB performances are set for Thursday, November 7
, Friday, November 8
, and Saturday, November 9
, in the GSB Performing Arts & Community Center. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m., and doors open 30 minutes before curtain. Order your tickets now
for what promises to be a fabulously entertaining production!
Matthew Bloomenthal '22 - Lord Fancourt Babberley
Harkanwar Chadha '20 - Charley Wykeham
Nick Guth '22 - Steven Spettigue
Caity Hepplewhite '20 - Kitty Verdun
Andrew Lutz '20 - Jack Chesney
Emma Ryan '22 - Elsa Delahay
Alex Sepe '22 - Sir Francis Chesney
Allyson Stevens '20 - Donna Lucia D'Alvadorez
Dylan Towle '21 - Brassett
Molly Walker '22 - Amy Spettigue
Tamia Chaney '20
Cat D'Arcangelis '21
Robbie DeVergillio '22
Kira Donagen '22
Sam Lowe '20
Sophia Maoli '20
Sophia Mariano '23
Kayla Palaia '22
Devyn Scott '20
Ryna Shin '21
Caroline Solondz '21
Charley's Aunt is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French.
Entering his 30th year at GSB, Performing Arts Chair Paul H. Canada has been teaching theatre and staging award-winning Upper School productions. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in costume and set design from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Mississippi College. Working extensively as a director and designer in educational and community theatre, Mr. Canada also designs for professional theatre.