Special to the Bulletin

AUSTIN — Trey Deason, a 2002 graduate of Brownwood High School, has been cast as one of the principal characters in this year’s major production by The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin.

“Ruddigore, Or, The Witch’s Curse” will open with a preview Thursday at the auditorium of the Texas School for the Deaf, 1102 S. Congress, and will continue showings over the following three weekends.

Deason, who lives in Austin, will portray the role of Robin Oakapple/Ruthven Murgatroyd.

Including the preview Thursday, shows will be held at 8 p.m. June 7-9, June 15-16 and June 22-23, and at 3 p.m. June 10, June 17 and June 24. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Show information and reservation contacts may be found at www.gilbert

sullivan.org.

Deason received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theater from Southwestern University in Georgetown in May 2006, and has performed during the past year in several productions at the Zachary Scott Theatre in Austin and the Sam Bass Theatre in Round Rock, as well as with Austin’s Different Stages.

Deason is a familiar face to Gilbert and Sullivan fans in Austin, having most recently played Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner, in the society’s 2005 production of “The Mikado.” He was part of a trio of lead characters who performed the darkly humorous “Here’s A How-De-Do,” a number the Austin Chronicle’s critic said resulted in the first time in his 20 years of watching local theater that the audience stopped the show with an extended ovation.

G&S scholar Ralph MacPhail Jr. of Bridgewater, Va., is stage director, and Jeffrey Jones-Ragona of Austin is music director. Deason has previously studied voice with Jones-Ragona.

“Ruddigore” is sponsored in part by KMFA 89.5 Classical Radio, News 8 Austin, and by grants from the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division and the Texas Commission on the Arts. Although it is being staged at the Texas School for the Deaf, it is not a TSD production.