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Pirates Rule the Waves! December 23, 2010


MCP Holds Auditions for Pirates of Penzance
Franke Center for the Performing Arts


The Marshall Civic Players has announced that auditions dates for its upcoming production of the musical comic opera Pirates of Penzance will be Sunday Jan. 2 and Monday Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. in the upstairs of the Franke Center (enter the side door near the Oaklawn parking structure).

An audition accompanist will be supplied.

Cast members will be informed of their parts Tuesday or Wednesday (Jan. 4 and 5) with a read through at 7 p.m. at the Franke Center on Sunday, Jan. 9.

Rehearsals will be Sunday through Thursday each week from 7 to 10 pm., beginning with the read through on Jan. 9. There will be a few Saturdays to be anounced for tech and set cast responsibilitiesnear the show performance dates.

The production dates are March 11-20, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays 2:30 at the Franke Center for the Arts, 214 E. Mansion St., Marshall.

There are close to 30 musical numbers in this fast paced comic production which has entertained audiences since 1880.

Ten major roles comprise the cast that can be portrayed by various ages and singing ability or training. The cast will be chosen from young teens through mature ages.

The roles are; Major-General Stanley (comic baritone), Pirate King (bass/baritone), Frederic-the Pirate Apprentice (tenor), Samuel-a Lieutenant (baritone), Sergeant of Police (bass), and General Stanley's daughters, Mabel (soprano), Edith (mezzo-soprano), Kate (mezzo-soprano), Isabel (speaking role) and Ruth a maid (contralto), along with a chorus of pirates, policemen and General Stanley's daughters.

The director, Charles Burr, has asked that those auditioning come prepared to sing 32 bars or fewer of either a Gilbert and Sullivan song or older Broadway material.

Audition readings will be done from the script.

Scores will be available at the Franke Center office. Call 269-781-3335 for availability.

The Pirates of Penzance contains some of the most popular fast-patter songs ever written for comic opera. Do not let the word 'opera' frighten the acting/performing faint of heart; there are many roles which fit varied musical and acting comfort zones.

The storyline begins with Frederic, who has just celebrated the completion of his 21st year and the apparent end of his apprenticeship with a band of tender-hearted pirates. Frederic's nursemaid reveals that long ago she had made a mistake when she misheard Frederic's father's instructions and apprenticed Frederick to a ship of pirates, instead of to a ship's pilot. After many twists and turns Frederick finds happiness everafter with his lady love, Mabel.

For a modern adaptation of the production you may want to view the DVD of the 1980s Broadway production which featured Linda Ronstadt, Kevi Kline and Angela Lansbury.

The MCP encourages and welcomes volunteers for a variety of support. All levels of interest and abilities are welcome from an afternoon of set painting to sewing a costume, working on props, ushering, or volunteering throughout the production in set building.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact producer Kim Byrens at kimbyrens2@aol.com or call 269-781-9352.

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