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ARTS Presents "The Pirates Of Penzance"

Reported: Mar. 20, 2014 1:49 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 20, 2014 2:15 PM EDT

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Kennie Bass) - Despite its premiere on Broadway more than 130 years ago, Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta "The Pirates of Penzance" remains a staple of theater companies worldwide.

"We wanted the most eclectic season we could get," Bil Neal, director and president of Arts Resources for the Tri-State said. "We're doing a contemporary drama, a Pulitzer prize winner. We did classic American drama last, that sold out, '12 Angry Men.' And now we chose to do something completely different."

The story revolves around Frederic. When he turns 21, Frederic is released from his apprenticeship to a friendly band of pirates.

He falls in love with Mabel, the daughter of an old fashioned Major General.

Frederic soon finds out he was born on February 29th, so technically he won't turn 21 for another six decades. Bound by honor, he decides to stay with the pirates while Mabel promises to wait for him.

"It's really exciting," Michael Naglee (Frederic) said. "There are not a lot of musicals that come by in the area with really complex music. So, it's kind of a nice change and it's nice to have a really big challenge."

"The Pirates of Penzance" was the fifth Gilbert and Sullivan collaboration and their only production to debut in America.

The show has undergone several revisions over the years. A 1981 version won a Tony Award for Best Revival. Thanks to its clever lyrics, beautiful music, comedy and heartwarming story it remains popular today.

Along with Gilbert and Sullivan's "H,M.S. Pinafore" and "The Mikado," it is one of the duo's most frequently performed shows.

"There's a great deal of spoofing of sensibilities," John Campbell (Major General Stanley said. "The pirates are gentle. Oh, they're rowdy but they are good-hearted individuals."

"It's hilarious," Nora Ankrom (Mabel) said. "It is just the silliest thing ever and it;'s absolutely hilarious. I think the audiences will really enjoy it. I like listening to them enjoy the show and I think they'll be rolling."

Arts Resources for the Tri-State presents "The Pirates of Penzance", an original comic operetta
by Gilbert & Sullivan.

March 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 8:00 p.m.
March 23 and 30 at 2:00 p.m.

The ARTS Ballroom
in The Renaissance Center
900 8th Street Huntington, WV 25701

Dinner & Show - $30
Show Only - $15
Call 304 733 2787 to reserve your tickets
Seating is limited for dinners as well as shows

Salad - Mixed greens w/ baby shrimp
Entrée - Baked fish, Roasted Vegetables, Asparagus, Yellow Rice
Dessert - Chilled melon balls and fruit

Nic Scaggs - Pirate King
Mike Naglee- Frederic
Eric Wilson - Samuel

Bill Stambaugh
Luke Matlock
Andrew Surber
Jonathan Armstrong
Stephen Vance

Karen Pruitt- Ruth
John Campbell- Major General Stanley
Nora Ankrom - Mabel
Tiffany Trent - Edith
Molly Maynard- Kate
Courtney Parsley - Isabel

Stanley Sisters:
Laura Armstrong
Jaclyn Johnson
Joanna Berner
Emma Grace Imes

Todd Green- Constable Lieutenant

Tristan Reynolds
Tyler Bradley
Mike Murdock

Director: Bil Neal
Choreographer: Coni Anthony
Music Director: William Murphy
Assistant Director: Amy Carlson
Stage Manager: Sheila Meade
Assistant Stage Manager: Dylan Clark
Light tech: Linda Reynolds
Sound tech: Matthew Johnson

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