John Philip Sousa’s ‘The Charlatan’ Comes to Victorian Lyric Opera Company at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre From September 5th-7th


A rarely-heard gem of American operetta, John Philip Sousa’s The Charlatan, will be presented in a semi-staged concert production with live orchestra by The Victorian Lyric Opera Company at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre – located at 630 Edmonston Drive, in Rockville, MD.

This show will only have three performances: Friday, September 5th  at 8 PM, Saturday, September 6th at 8 PM, and Sunday, September 7th at 2 PM.

A special free lecture will be given at 7 pm on Saturday, September 6th before the performance.

The guest speaker will be noted Sousa scholar Patrick Warfield, the author of Making the March King: John Philip Sousa’s Washington Years 1854-1893.

807903VLOC Artistic Director Joseph Sorge is serving as music director for the production and conducting the VLOC orchestra as well. He explains his choice in programming this rare operetta, “Sousa’s music in this show is just as energetic and toe-tapping as his most famous marches, but the March King could also write wonderful waltzes and lyric ballads. The orchestra really enjoys playing this spirited score and the audience is sure to love it as well.”

Deftly enhanced by Stage Director Dr. Elaine W. Kass, the plot is an entertaining farce for all ages. The story follows the fortunes of a comical cast of characters including the gallant Prince Boris, his scheming uncle Gogol, and a crafty magician named Demidoff who manages to pair up own daughter, Anna, with the royal prince. The robust chorus sings as the boisterous townsfolk in the small Russian village where the operetta takes place. Through amusing plot twists, witty banter, and rousing musical numbers, all ends well by the conclusion of the show. Join The Victorian Lyric Opera Company for a chance to hear this charming music for yourself – performed by a full live orchestra and talented vocalists for just one weekend.

 For further information visit VLOC’s website, or call the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre box office at (240) 314-8690.


Tickets for The Charlatan are $24 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $16 for students.

or call the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre box office at (240) 314-8690.


The Victorian Lyric Opera Company (VLOC) is a non-profit organization founded in 1978 to perform musical works of the Victorian era. VLOC’s first show was Trial By Jury paired with Cox and Box. Since that time the company has performed every operetta in the Gilbert & Sullivan canon, most of them many times over. Lately, VLOC has branched out into other European operettas and even grand opera, such as Mozart’s The Magic Flute & Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love.

The mission of the company is to produce high quality performances of light operatic works, providing educational and performance opportunities to the community. In 2011, The Victorian Lyric Opera Company merged with The Forgotten Opera Company.

VLOC is a resident company at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre at the Rockville Civic Center, located at 630 Edmonston Drive, in Rockville, MD 20851.

Meet the cast and Production Staff of VLOC’s The Charlatan.


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