| Falstaff


Drink. Cheat. Scheme. Repeat. Just don’t get caught unaware…

Old, lecherous, and down on his luck, Sir John Falstaff can’t resist the ladies. The fool hatches a plan to reverse his ill-fortune and sets his sights on not one, but two married women. Sharper than they look, Alice and Meg discover the odious Falstaff’s plan to unceremoniously seduce them and trick them out of their fortunes. The women band together and with the help of Nannetta and Dame Quickly, they concoct a scheme to teach him a lesson he’ll never forget and to put him in his place once and for all. Add in a jealous husband, a pair of young lovers, and a touch of the supernatural and what ensues is a sophisticated comedy filled with failed plans and botched disguises. Verdi’s riotous romp Falstaff bubbles with irrepressible wit and charm in this adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor.

On the heels of last summer’s company debut, Robert Mellon (Figaro, Il barbiere di Siviglia) will lead the cast of returning artists as Sir John Falstaff. No stranger to the UAO stage Brooklyn Snow (the Heroines, Les contes d’Hoffmann, and Cunegonde, Candide) will be reunited with her Candide co-star, Jesse Darden (Candide) as the two young lovers, Nannetta and Fenton.  St. Louis-based husband and wife duo Jacob Lassetter and Karen Kanakis will portray Ford and his wife Alice for the production as Janara Kellerman (Rosina, Il barbiere di Siviglia) returns as Dame Quickly, and Melody Wilson will again be seen on the UAO stage, this time in her role debut as Meg Page. A trio of St. Louis based artists round out the cast with Marc Schapman as Bardolfo, Mark Freiman as Pistola, and Anthony Heinemann as Dr. Caius. Stephen Hargreaves conducts while Jon Truitt directs. Lex Van Bloomestein’s set designs and Teresa Doggett’s costume designs will be enhanced by Patrick Huber’s lighting design.

ConductorStephen Hargreaves
DirectorJon Truitt
Dr. CaiusAnthony Heinemann
Sir John FalstaffRobert Mellon
BardolfoMarc Schapman
PistolaMark Freiman
NannettaBrooklyn Snow
FentonJesse Darden
Mrs. Meg PageMelody Wilson
Mrs. Alice FordKaren Kanakis
Dame Mistress QuicklyJanara Kellerman
FordJacob Lassetter
(in order of appearance)

Ensemble: Doug Allebach, Erica Ancell*+, Madeline Black, Madeleine Buckley++, Journee Carter*++, Spencer Domer, Matthew Greenblatt*, Merry E. Keller, Ryan Keller, Damarius Levi++, Ross Rubright++, Caetlyn Van Buren

*UAO debut
+ 2022 Crescendo Participant
++ Past Crescendo Participant