The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin


Worley Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School
11908 N. Lamar | Map |Seating Chart


Gilbert & Sullivan Austin presents as its summer 2017 Grand Production “The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty.” Nine performances will be presented at the Worley Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School, June 15-25. “The Pirates of Penzance” will delight 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!

GSA Artistic Director Ralph MacPhail, Jr. returns for his 16th season. Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, returning for his 20th season as Music Director, will conduct the 19-member Gillman Light Opera Orchestra. Bill Hatcher returns 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.
All performances will have supertitles.

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:
Brenham Adams, Austin Atherton, Garrett Cordes, Andy Fleming, David Kaufman, Luke Pebler, Glenn Russell, 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


Cast & Crew Information
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Recent Summer Productions
The Gondoliers - 2016
The Sorcerer - 2015
H.M.S. Pinafore
- 2014
Princess Ida
- 2013
- 2012
The Mikado - 2011
The Yeomen of the Guard - 2010
Iolanthe - 2009

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin

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