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University Theatre To Present
‘Pirates of Penzance'
MAILED: Feb. 10, 2003
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's University Theatre will present Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance," a comic opera that spins a hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers, dewy-eyed daughters and an eccentric Major-General, all morally bound to the often ridiculous dictates of honor and duty.
The musical, directed by Dr. Robert Knight, associate professor of music, opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Additional performances are slated for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, 22, 27, 28, and March 1; and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2.
"The Pirates of Penzance" tells the story of Fredric, a young pirate apprentice, played by senior Rick Cedergren, Chisago City, Minn. Fredric has come to the end of his indentured period, but as it turns out, he was indentured by mistake. His half-deaf nurse had been instructed to apprentice him to a pilot, but got it a little wrong. Fredric has decided to leave the pirate life forever and devote his life to the extermination of pirates.
Upon his release to shore, Fredric, who has never seen any woman other than his old nurse, stumbles upon a group of beautiful maidens. He immediately falls in love with the most beautiful of the bunch, Mabel, played by senior Jacqueline Cobian, River Falls. Suddenly, Fredric's old comrades, the pirates, are upon them and delighted by the beauty of their captives. Luckily the girls' father, Major-General Stanley, played by freshman Steve Davis, West Allis, arrives to save them. In his efforts to save the girls, the General lies to the pirates. The General is terrified that the pirates will uncover his lie, but Fredric eases his fears by promising to apprehend the band of pirates. The plot thickens in "The Pirates of Penzance" as Fredric learns that due to a technicality, he is still indentured to the pirates.
Other cast members include sophomore Christine Schweikert, Coon Rapids, Minn., as Ruth; freshman Anna Nummelin, Stevens Point, as Kate; senior Justin Lundberg, Eau Claire, as Samuel; and senior Amanda DePons, New Berlin, as Edith. The Major-General's daughters are played by freshmen Meg Aspinwall, Madison, Amanda Blaylock, DePere, and Marilyn Spiess, Waconia, Minn.; sophomores Jennifer Aldridge, Eau Claire, and Aurora Conde, Eau Claire; and seniors Michelle Angsten, Waupaca, Amber Johnson, Lakeville, Minn., Mary Kay Maas, Waunakee, and Kendra Sampson, Cottage Grove, Minn. The pirates are played by freshmen Luke Crary, Madison, Aaron Loy, Brookfield, Brian Martin, Green Bay, and Mark Saienga, Lakeville, Minn.; sophomores Paul Bleier, Wautoma, Guthrie Horgan, Chaska, Minn., and Adam Krajnik, Mishicot; junior George Cleary, River Falls; and seniors Kelly Heyer, Detroit Lakes, Minn., Andrew Oettinger, Green Bay, and Kevin Tambornino, Wausau. The policemen are played by sophomores Tyler Moen, Colfax, and Dan Sinclair, Madison; juniors Seth Boyd, Burnsville, Minn., Jesús Martinez Jr., Magalia, Calif., and Lars Nelson, St. Paul, Minn.; and senior Ryan West, River Falls.
The stage manager is freshman Ryan Hagen, Eden Prairie, Minn., and the assistant stage manager is sophomore Brianna Hotchkiss, Chippewa Falls.
The orchestra, conducted by Mitra Sadeghpour, assistant professor of music, includes on reed, seniors Michelle DeGroot, Appleton, Sarah Goerg, Appleton, Amy McFarlane, Menasha, and Beth Anne Scherer, Appleton; and freshman Jim Geddes, Fond du Lac. On trombone will be senior Sean Solberg, Minot, N.D. On trumpet will be seniors Nicole LaLond, Rice Lake and Dan Urness, Platteville. Senior Karen Wilber, Eau Claire and sophomore Stacie Olson, Neenah, will perform on keyboard. On bass will be freshman Kevin Rowe, Oconomowoc. On percussion will be sophomore Maggie Bailey, Edwardsville, Ill.; and freshmen Chad Federwitz, Marshfield, and Melissa Sommers, Suamico.
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or 1-800-949-UWEC, are $10 for the general public, $8 for those 62 and older, $7 for children 17 and younger and faculty and staff with a university ID, and $6 for students with a university ID.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: February 11, 2003