This princess is one tough cookie

A battle of the sexes ensues when Princess Ida leaves Prince Hilarion waiting at the altar in Ventura County Gilbert and Sullivan Repertoire Company’s production of “Princess Ida or Castle Adamant” March 9 through 25 at Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive,Thousand Oaks.

Gilbert aims his humorous barbs at the feminist movement, the aristocracy and the human penchant for battling out difficulties with swords or words.

The musical is based on Alfred Lord Tennyson’s epic poem “The Princess.”

Lady Psyche (Amanda Benjamin) puts the teaching of Princess Ida’s (Julie Barnett) seminary for women succinctly when she sings that “Darwinian man, though well-behaved, is really only a monkey shaved.”

Prince Hilarion (double cast with Jonathan Matthews and Jonathan Tran) and friends Cyril and Florian (Caleb Heulitt and Anthony Moresi) don academy garb and attempt to infiltrate the seminary as new female students, hoping to win back Hilarion’s bride; they were promised to each other at the ages of 1 and 2.

Hilarion also hopes to avoid war between King Hildebrand (Colin Fluxman) and King Gama (Gary Saxer).

For tickets, call the Hillcrest Center box office at (805) 381- 1246 or go to

For more information, call VCGSRC at (805) 491-6103 or email