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Pirates take over Loyola in upcoming opera production

February 5, 2010

Can “the very model of a modern major-general” protect his daughters from the matrimonial advances of a band of orphan pirates? You’ll find out during Loyola Opera Theatre’s swashbuckling presentation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera, “The Pirates of Penzance.”

Music director Carol Rausch and New York stage director Bill Fabris lead the cast and live orchestra in two performances on Feb. 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m., in Roussel Performance Hall located in the Communications/Music Complex on the corner of Calhoun Street and St. Charles Avenue.

Set in 1879 England, “The Pirates of Penzance” introduces 21-year-old Frederic, who is just being released from his apprenticeship to a band of tenderhearted pirates. He meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and the two instantly fall in love. Frederic soon learns, however, that since he was born on Feb. 29, he technically only has a birthday each leap year. His apprenticeship agreement states that he must remain apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday, and so he must serve for another 63 years. Learn Frederic’s plan of escape in this lighthearted and rip-roaring tale of pirates on the high seas and damsels in distress.

Cast members include Jacob Penick (Friday) and Taylor Miller (Saturday) playing The Pirate King; Zachary Krengle (Friday) and David Castillo (Saturday) playing Samuel; Jimmy Dornier (Friday) and Chris Abide (Saturday) playing Frederic; Jessica Mirshak (Friday) and Shannon Meyer (Saturday) playing Ruth; Kate Abreo (Friday) and Dody Nolan (Saturday) playing Mabel; Jody Hinkley as James; Sara E. Kelly (Friday) and Amanda Neal (Saturday) as Edith; Camma Morgan (Friday) and Kate Bertschi (Saturday) playing Kate; Ashleigh Alleman (Friday) and Molly Burke (Saturday) playing Isabel; Matthew McCann (Friday) and Charles Brown (Saturday) playing the Sergeant of Police; and Patrick Jacobs as Major-General Stanley.

Tickets are $40 for reserved seating, $25 for general admission and $15 for all students, children and Loyola faculty and staff. Tickets can be purchased online at www.montage.loyno.edu or by calling the Loyola Box Office at 504-865-2074.

For more information or to set up an interview, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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