The Pirates of Penzance

Gilbert & Sullivan

October 25 & 27, 2013 – Rialto Theater

A comic opera set in two acts, the Pirates of Penzance is sure to leave you smiling. The story story begins with the protagonist, Fredric, around his 21st birthday. Being 21 means that Fredric is now released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates. He meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and the two young people fall instantly in love. Soon, Fredric finds out that his birthday is actually on February 29th, a leap year and is not technically 21. His apprenticeship indentures state that he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday, and so he must serve for another 63 years. Bound by his own sense of duty, Frederic’s only solace is that Mabel agrees to wait for him faithfully.

The Cast

(in order of appearance)

Frederic: Eric Neuville*
Samuel: Brandon Higa**
Ruth: Dawn Padula*
The Pirate King: Ryan Bede
Edith: Katie Malik
Kate: Audra de Laveaga Delisle**
Mabel: Megan Chenovick
Major General Stanley: Barry Johnson
The Sergeant: Deac Guidi*
Queen Victoria: Nancy Blaisdell

Conductor: Bernard Kwiram
Stage Director: Maggie McClellan
Chorus Master: Denes Van Parys
Rehearsal Pianist: Svitlana Smaga

Chorus: Charmee Beauclaire, Bob Bowlby, Jordan Bowles, Keenan Grey Brogdon, Annette Dennis, Ron Gangnes, Steven Hall, Ted Hunter, Lori Loeb, Jamie Lund, Marie Most Lester, Lori Anne Mullins, Alan Newman, Dave Olson, Tom Oswald, Phil Parham, Douglas Phillip, Angie Shephard, Melissa Urquhart

* Tacoma Opera Debut       ** 2013/14 Tacoma Opera Young Artist

This production is sponsored by