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Gilbert & Sullivan Austin presented as its summer 2017 Grand Production “The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty.” Nine performances were presented at the Worley Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School, June 15-25. “The Pirates of Penzance” delighted Austin theatergoers of all ages who relish tuneful music, dazzling staging, and hilarious shenanigans by a band of soft-hearted pirates, bumbling bobbies, and sweet Victorian maidens—not to forget that very model of a modern Major-General!
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GSA Artistic Director Ralph MacPhail, Jr. returned for his 16th season. Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, returned for his 20th season as Music Director, and conducted the 19-member Gillman Light Opera Orchestra. Bill Hatcher returned as Production Manager.

“The Pirates of Penzance” premiered in New York City in December of 1879, where the show was well received by both audiences and critics. Its London debut was in April of 1880. It is without question one of the most popular shows in theater history, and it has been performed around the world continuously for over 138 years. “Pirates” was the fifth Gilbert & Sullivan collaboration, and it introduced the ever-popular and much-parodied “Major-General’s Song.”

The first of two acts is set on the coast of Cornwall, at the time of Queen Victoria’s reign. We are introduced to a young Frederic as well as a band of tender-hearted pirates and their leader, the Pirate King. Soon Frederic meets Mabel, the daughter of the powerful Major-General Stanley, and the two young people instantly fall in love. Due to a topsy-turvy complication owing to the date of Frederic’s birth, bewilderment and hilarity ensue.

Act two is set in a ruined chapel on the estate of the Major-General. The Sergeant of Police and his corps set out with a plan to arrest the pirates due to their skull-and-cross-bones trade, but are unnerved by things they hear from the Major-General’s daughters. Frederic, always present with a keen sense of duty, strives to find his true love—as pirates, police, and lovely young maidens encounter the perils and ecstasy of love. In the end this pirate adventure brings happiness to all who are along for the marvelously musical and hilarious ride.

Major-General Stanley
The Pirate King
Frederic, the Pirate Apprentice
Sergeant of Police
Ruth, a Piratical Maid of all work

General Stanley's daughters:

Arthur DiBianca
Sam Johnson
Jake Jacobsen
Danny Castillo
Russell Gregory
Patricia Combs

Suzanne Lis
Teri Johnson
Jaimie Lowe
Sarah Manna
Women's Chorus of General Stanley's Daughters:
Eleanor Anderson, Hannah Boyd, Rosa Harris, Abigail Jackson, Janette Jones, Susan Meitz, Jenny Ohrstrom, Iona Olive, Erica Salinas, Rachel Silvers, Sarah Steele, Brittany Trinité

Men's Chorus of Pirates & Police:
Garrett Cordes, Andy Fleming, David Kaufman, Robert LeBas, Luke Pebler, Glenn Russell, Scott Poppaw, Trevor Senter, Ian Stilwell, Charlie Vazquez

Thursday June 15 7:30pm Opening Night
Reduced Price Tickets
Friday June 16 7:30pm Gala Performance
Complimentary Buffet With Cast Follows Performance
Saturday June 17 7:30pm Evening Performance
Sunday June 18 2pm Matinee
Children's Activities at 1pm
Thursday June 22 7:30pm Evening Performance
Friday June 23 7:30pm Evening Performance
Saturday June 24 2pm
Evening Performance
Sunday June 25 2pm Matinee
Closing Performance


Playbill (PDF)

Austin American Statesman austin360
Andrew J. Friedenthal
CTX Live Theatre
David Glen Robinson
Broadway World Austin
Joni Lorraine
Austin Metblogs

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Artistic Director Ralph MacPhail previews "The Pirates of Penzance"
Opening Weekend Video
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See some highlights of the opening weekend of "The Pirates of Penzance."
Domain video
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See the cast perform for people shopping at The Domain on June 3.
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A sneak peek at a
music rehearsal.

Listen | Artistic Director Ralph MacPhail, Jr. and Music Director Jeffrey Jones Ragona join Classical Austin host Dianne Donovan in the KMFA studios.

Listen | Ralph MacPhail, Jr. and Jeffrey Jones-Ragona join Eklektikos host John Aielli. Cast members Suzanne Lis, Arthur DiBianca, and Russell Gregory accompanied by Jeanne Sasaki perform 3 musical selections in the KUTX studios.
Media Materials
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Poster (pdf)
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The Sorcerer - 2015
H.M.S. Pinafore
- 2014
Princess Ida
- 2013
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The Mikado - 2011
The Yeomen of the Guard - 2010
Iolanthe - 2009

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Opening Weekend Video