Primrose, Or the Town Time Forgot

Book & Lyrics by Nick Schweitzer; Music by Ted Reinke

Directed by Jim Chiolino / Music Direction by Eric Sayre

An operetta in the spirit of Gilbert and Sullivan based on American themes: politicians and elections; power relationships between the sexes; baseball; and indoor plumbing…

The town that time forgot, Primrose is an oddity, with outdated laws and various anachronistic touches. Like classic G&S operettas, Primrose is premised on absurdities which we won't give away. Hilarity, complications, and pandemonium abound, along with songs about baseball and curling…

Produced by Madison Theatre Guild at Bartell Theater's Drury Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St. , Madison

Performances: October 14-22, 2022

Performance Times:
Friday, October 14 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 15 - 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 16 - 2:00 pm
Thursday, October 20 - 7:30 pm
Friday, October 21 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 22 - 2:00 pm

Ticket Prices: $25

Call 608-661-9696 for reservations or more information.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Auditions will be Monday & Tuesday, August 8 & 9, 2022 – 7 pm to 10 pm at the Madison Theatre Guild's Firehouse (2410 Monroe Street, Madison, WI). If you can't attend either date, contact the director (

Callbacks, if needed, will be Wednesday, August 10th, 7 pm to 10 pm, also at the MTG Firehouse.


Armageddon Pfalzgraf, A formidable old maid, Alto
J. Nulley Smollett, A cantankerous old codger, Bass
Sidney Friml, Ann Friml's father, Baritone
Willie Warner, A good-looking boy, Tenor
Ann Friml, A shy girl, first baseman, Soprano

NAMED Characters - no specified voice parts; males can be bass or tenor; females can be alto or soprano.

Emily, Shortstop, who pairs with Frank
Elizabeth, Pairs with Speedy
Catherine, Pitcher; pairs with Jim
Frank, Right fielder, Captain; pairs with Emily
Speedy, Second baseman; pairs with Elizabeth
Jim, Pitcher; pairs with Catherine
Russell, Emily's father
Helen, Ann's mother
Edith, Emily's mother