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Pirates of Penzance

Directed by Peter Kates
Musical Direction by Constance Bailey Zweifel
Produced by Maura Buckley Troiano and Chris Bailey
Performances in the Auditorium of the
Kingston Intermediate School
November 9, 10, 16, 17, 2001 at 8:00 p.m.

     Cast Photos      Miscellaneous Rehearsal Photos      Dress Rehearsal Photos

A Short History of Pirates
The Pirates of Penzance hardly needs an introduction. It has proven to be one of the most popular light operas of all times. Pirates is filled with humorous musical numbers, lots of action, some spoken dialogue to further the plot, a happy ending and a good-natured lampooning of traditional Italian opera. Perhaps because Pirates of Penzance is itself a parody, a satire on class, a poke at Victorian morals, and a spoof of the establishment, it stands up well today.

Premier   It premiered in New York at the Fifth Ave Theater on December 31, 1879 and was the only G&S work to premiere in the U.S. Though it actually simultaneously, premiered at Paignton, in Devonshire, in a single, token copyright performance.

The Single Token English Production  As international copyright was in such a state of chaotic uncertainty the partners tried many expedients to protect their rights on both sides of the Atlantic. One idea was that the next Opera would be simultaneously produced in England and the U.S.A. In England, it was the middle of winter. The costumes were not ready, the actors had to improvise from what they had - mainly bits and pieces from their wardrobes for Pinafore. The policeman wore sailor's garb. The music was incomplete, as was the script. There was time for only one rehearsal. The singers had to carry their music with them on the stage.

Unfinished Work?  A month before the opening the music for The Pirates was not nearly finished. Sullivan and Gilbert had landed in America with about half the work done. Then Sullivan made an appalling discovery. He had left all his sketches for the last act at home, in England. In his hotel he set about the stupendous task of writing long into the night. He was not helped by a reoccurrence of his old illness. On the night of December 30th, after the final dress rehearsal, Sullivan returned to his hotel and began work on the overture, finishing it at five o'clock on the morning of the 31st, and rehearsing it six hours later. Sullivan was not well enough to eat that day so went to bed in the afternoon and tried to sleep. When the curtain went up on the play's first performance, the Vanderbilt's sat in the audience. More dead than alive Sullivan made his way to the theatre, took his place in the orchestra, lifted his baton, and The Pirates of Penzance swept New York off its feet.

Cast & Production Staff
Pirate KingDave Leigh
SamuelDrew Stevens
FredericBen Stevens
RuthEve Montague
EdithPat Peterson
KateAmy DiNolo
IsabelKristin O'Malley
MabelKristen Stanford
Major-General StanleyTony Parkes
Sergeant of PoliceRich Knox
Major-General Stanley's DaughtersMaureen Carson
Jeanette Champagne
Janice Feinberg
Marie Miller
Julie Stewart
PiratesDave Harrington
Elliot Levy
Larry Loveridge
Janet Peterson
Josef Silvia
PoliceRic Bailey
John Periera
Bob Silvia
Sunny Steadman
Jim Stewart
Tim Tolson
Co-ProducersMaura Buckley Troiano, Chris Bailey
Stage ManagerMarguerite Copel
Costume DesignerRicki Bowser
Property ManagerKaren Ferrari
Set DesignPeter Kates
Set CoordinatorLarry Loveridge
Set Construction & PaintingPeter Kates, Larry Loveridge, Dave Harrington, Rich Knox, Joan Paquette
MakeupCheryl Keyes, Diane Pereira
Lighting DesignJim Bowser
Lighting OperatorConnie O'Brien
Poster/Logo DesignBernie Noyes
PlaybillChris Bailey
Ticket ProductionBob Gillet
TicketsJean Cohen, Carol Pendergast, Lisa Driscoll, Stephanie & Dan Gallagher
PhotographySunny Steadman, Chris Bailey
House ManagementSteve Loring
Media/Publicity LeadMarguerite Copel
RefreshmentsCarmella Loring