The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin

The Pirates of Penzance / 2008
Record audiences set sail for summer fun in Austin with a band of tenderhearted pirates, a modern Major-General, a bevy of Victorian maidens, and a bunch of bumbling British bobbies - the Summer 2008 Production of The Pirates Of Penzance. See photos | Watch videos

Artistic Director Ralph MacPhail, Jr. and Musical Director Jeffrey Jones Ragona led their musical mateys in creating an unforgettable version of this classic musical comedy.

Performances were held at the Forrest Kline Performing Arts Center at Crockett High School from June 19th through 29th. Yo ho ho, the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin thanks all the performers, the Gillman Light Opera Orchestra, sponsors, and Society members for making this years show a treasure to behold.

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Apprenticed as a child to a band of tenderhearted, orphaned pirates, Frederic completes his 21st year of his indentures and decides to return to respectable society. He meets, Mabel, the youngest of General Stanley's daughters, and falls in love.

But by a twist of fate, it turns out that he was born on February 29 in leap year, and he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday.

By the end of the opera, the pirates, a Major General who knows nothing of military strategy, his large family of beautiful but unwed daughters, and the timid constabulary all contribute to a cacophony that can be silenced only by Queen Victoria's name.
The Pirate King David Fontenot
Samuel Michael Borysow
Frederic Holton Johnson
Major- General Stanley Arthur DiBianca
Sergeant Of Police Russell Gregory
Mabel Carol Brown
Kate Lisa Alexander
Edith Patricia Combs
Isabel Angela Irving
Ruth Janette Jones
 Women's Chorus Jennifer Adams
  Nancy Arnold
  Stephanie Blackwood
  Christina Crater
  Amanda Hatfield
  Karlyn McCutchan
  Rebecca Stokinger
  Mandy Summers
  Katherine Wiggins
 Men's Chorus Chris Bugge
  Andy Fleming
  Bill Hatcher
  John Lopez
  Spencer Reichman
  Ariel Rios
  Derek Smootz
  Daniel Stone
  Jay Young
Click to listen
to KMFA 89.5FM's Classical Austin. Dianne Donovan talks with Ralph MacPhail, Jr. and Jeffrey Jones-Ragona.
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