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It is a glorious thing to be a Pirate King

The beloved Gilbert & Sullivan comic opera, The Pirates of Penzance, is coming to Wyong (24 September), Bundanoon (Saturday 1 October) and North Sydney (7 - 9 October) this spring. Tickets are now on sale for this strictly limited season.

Proudly presented by Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Sydney, this swashbuckling favourite opens on an idyllic beach in Cornwall, England, where Frederic, a young, strapping, handsome but not over-intelligent pirate is about to turn 21.

Having been inadvertently apprenticed to a pirate at the tender age of eight because his governess, Ruth, was hard of hearing, Frederic has come of age and is ready to step out into the world.

Having been at sea for so long, our hero can't remember what a young woman looks like. Suddenly, along comes a bevy of beautiful maidens out for a picnic and a paddle. Crisis for Fred! By chance, these girls' foster-father is a Major-General who missed his vocation as a rapper but is now making up for lost time. So what does he do to save the day?

You won't believe what comes next. If you love confusion, contradiction, con trickery, constabulary, and consummate melodies, then The Pirates of Penzance will explain who put the 'corn' in 'Cornwall' - and send you out of the theatre on a consupercalifragilisticexpialidocious high!

Featuring all-time classic songs such as 'Poor Wand'ring One', 'I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General' and 'A Policeman's Lot Is Not A Happy One', this fabulous production is sure to have you singing along. Furthermore, with a cast of 35 singers, the performance at North Sydney will be accompanied by the G&S Opera Sydney's full 32-piece orchestra.

The Pirates of Penzance Directorial Team includes Director & Choreographer Elizabeth Lowrencev, Assistant Director Dawn Pugh, Musical Director Rod Mounjed and Costumier Sandra Tutt.

The cast includes:

MAJOR-GENERAL STANLEY - Andrew Pennycuick

THE PIRATE KING - Tobias Page

SAMUEL (his Lieutenant) - William Papantoniou

 

FREDERIC (the Pirate Apprentice) (shared role)

  • John L'Estrange (Wyong 24/9, Bundanoon 1/10 @2pm, North Sydney 7/10, 8/10 @7.30pm)

  • Michael Clewes (Bundanoon 1/10 @7.30pm, North Sydney 8/10 @2pm & 9/10)
     

    SERGEANT OF POLICE Oskar Loofs

    RUTH (a Pirate Maid of all Work) - Jane Van Balen

     

    (General Stanley's Daughters)

    MABEL (shared role)

  • Suzanne Chin (Wyong 24/9, Bundanoon 1/10 @7.30pm, North Sydney 8/10 @2pm & 9/10)

  • Galatea Kneath (Bundanoon 1/10 @2pm, North Sydney 7/10 & 8/10 @7.30pm)
     

    EDITH (shared role)

  • Suzanne Chin (Bundanoon 1/10 @2pm, North Sydney 7/10 & 8/10 @7.30pm)

  • Galatea Kneath (Wyong 24/9, Bundanoon 1/10 @7.30pm & North Sydney 9/10)

  • Mackenzie Lawrence (North Sydney 8/10 @2pm)
     

    KATE - Andrea Ginsberg

    ISABEL - Sophie Booth


  • Tickets for the performances at The Art House, Wyong (Saturday 24 September), Soldiers' Memorial Hall, Bundanoon (1 October) and Smith Auditorium Lyric Theatre, North Sydney (7 - 9 October) are now on sale. Click the links above to find out more about session times and venue details. Limited tickets will be available at the door on the event days and early bookings are encouraged.

    For more information on this exciting theatre event in NSW, please visit www.gsosydney.com.au


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