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CALLBACKS: PIRATES OF PENZANCE (STMI)
DIRECTED BY MELISSA S. CRAIB DOMBROWSKI
Set sail with this classic comedy that boasts one of the most famous patter songs in musical theatre history. A fresh take on one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular comic operas, this updated version of The Pirates of Penzance took New York by storm when it premiered in Central Park in 1980, leading to a subsequent smash-hit Broadway run.
Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious, hopeful farce follows young Frederic, an orphan who has mistakenly been apprenticed to an ineffectual but raucous band of pirates. He disavows the pirates’ way of life and falls for the beautiful Mabel. Frederic’s melodious tones win over the heart of Major-General Stanley’s songbird daughter, Mabel, but when the Pirate King discovers that General Stanley has lied about being an orphan to keep the pirates from stealing all of his belongings and carrying off his bevy of beautiful daughters, an “ingenious paradox” may prevent the budding romance and lead to the death of “The very model of a modern Major-General.”
ABOUT THE SUMMER MUSICAL THEATRE INTENSIVE:
The SMTI is a fully-produced musical directed by seasoned theater and music professionals and presented in a local venue with full production values for a public audience. Prior to starting rehearsals, students take part in a combination of classes exploring the musical’s subject matter and form, it’s music period and style, and other related theatrical skills. They are also encouraged to shadow our professional directors and crew to gain experience with set construction, lighting, sound, props, costuming and more.