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April 9-19: ‘Pirates of Penzance’
Final production of Mainstage season features shows April 9-11, 16-18 and 2 p.m. matinees on April 18-19.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre and Dance News Release, 3-19-2015
The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will present this fresh take on one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular comic operas, "The Pirates of Penzance," at 7:30 p.m. April 9-11 & 16-18, as well as 2 p.m. April 18 & 19, in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. It is sponsored by Community Bank Mankato, Jones & Magnus Attorneys at Law and Tailwind Group.
This version took New York by storm when it premiered in Central Park in 1980, leading to a subsequent smash-hit Broadway run. Wacky, irreverent and as entertaining today as it was when it first opened in 1879, this operetta spins an hilarious farce with characters morally bound to the often-ridiculous dictates of honor and duty. Minnesota State Mankato presented "The Pirates of Penzance" in 1987.
This production is directed by faculty member Heather E. Hamilton, with scenic design by John David Paul and musical direction by Nick Wayne. The cast of 41 includes Ben Stasny as the Pirate King, Gabriel Sell as Frederic and Michael Turner as Major General Stanley. Earlier this year, Stasny, a senior BFA Acting candidate from Roseville, appeared as Lumiere in "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," Stage Manager in "Our Town" and Segismundo in "Life is a Dream." Sell was Samuel Byck in "Assassins," while Turner was Clotaldo in "Life Is A Dream."
Individual tickets for "The Pirates of Penzance" are $22 regular, $19 for senior citizens, youth 16 and under and groups of 15 or more, $15 for current Minnesota State students. They are available online as the location below, or by calling or stopping by the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Earley Center from 4-6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Call 507-389-6661.