Pirates of Penzance | September 13 – 23

by Gilbert & Sullivan
Directed and Choreographed by Adam P. Blais
Music Director Rebecca Caron

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Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious farce is packed full of sentimental pirates, bumbling British Bobbies, and improbable paradoxes. Join the band of swashbuckling buccaneers, Victorian maidens, and the delightful “model of a modern Major-General” for a rollicking romp over the rocky coast of Cornwall.

Thursday, September 13, 7:30 p.m. (Preview)
Friday, September 14, 7:30 p.m. (Opening)
Saturday, September 15, 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 15, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 16, 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 20, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 21, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 22, 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 22, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 23, 1:00 p.m.

John Anker Bow
Major General
Mark Cooper
Billy Hutto
Candice Handy
Pirate King
Trevor Latez Hayes
Laura Whittenberger
Caitlin Diana Doyle
Karen Lipovsky
Mackenzie Richard

Production Team: Katie Mosier, Stage Manager; Jim Alexander, Lighting Designer; Michelle Handley, Costume Designer; Rew Tippin, Set Designer; Rebecca Richards, Props Master.

From the Director

Place/Time: Coney Island, 1927

In the early 1900’s, individuals of all ages and backgrounds flooded the boardwalks and beaches of Coney Island, an American landmark and industrial playground known for blending “good clean fun” with contrastingly sensuous experiences. Once there, visitors would indulge in the latest culinary treats, test their bravery on cutting edge thrill rides, and view a variety of live theatrical performances, all while escaping their daily responsibilities and basking in the glow of the warm summer sun.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s acclaimed comic opera The Pirates of Penzance, is a prime example of the type of entertainment that might have been popular amongst early Coney Island spectators. With its infectious score and zany cast of characters, visitors to Coney Island would have likely found delight in our protagonist’s struggle to uphold his sense of duty amidst a company of adventurous yet sentimental pirates, blundering cops, and beautiful, quick witted maidens.

Reconceived for TAM’s 49th season, our production of The Pirates of Penzance transports audiences back to the Golden Age of America’s favorite playground, Coney Island. Performed by a traveling theater troop of nine actors and a pianist, and set amidst the boardwalks and attractions that once made Coney Island a coveted travel destination, The Pirates of Penzance is certain to catapult audiences through a roller coaster ride of discovery, love, and laughter.