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K-State Theatre brings new version of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic 'Pirates of Penzance' to McCain

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019


Catch a new version of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance," as performed by K-State Theatre, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28-March 2 and 2:30 p.m. March 3 in McCain Auditorium.


MANHATTAN — The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Kansas State University will perform a new version of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirate of Penzance" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28-March 2 and 2:30 p.m. March 3 in McCain Auditorium.

The classic operetta presents the story of Frederic, who is but a boy. His father instructs Frederic's nurse to have him apprentice as a pilot. But the nurse thought he said "pirate," and thus the zany troubles began.

This new version of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of the Penzance" features libretto by W.S. Gilbert, music by Arthur Sullivan and was developed on Broadway by the New York Shakespeare Festival. The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance production is directed by Jerry Jay Cranford assistant professor of theatre, with music directed by Paul Hunt, professor of music and music program advisor, and vocals directed by Reginald Pittman, professor of music and director of opera. Kathy Voecks, associate professor of theatre and head of design, serves as the scenic designer; Dana Pinkston, associate professor of theatre, serves as the costume designer; Jo Sanburg, instructor of lighting and sound design, serves as a sound designer; and Ben Stark, associate professor of theatre, is the technical director.

Tickets are $19.50 for the general public; $17.50 for seniors, military, faculty and staff; and $14 for students and youth. They can be purchased online at k-state.edu/mtd/tickets or by calling 785-236-8638. Tickets may also be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office. All tickets, regardless of purchase method, include sales tax and are free from convenience fees.

The following Kansas State University students are part of the cast or crew for "Pirates of Penzance":

Teva Spencer, senior in theatre, Andover, wardrobe crew; Savana Gorman, freshman in secondary education, Chapman, wardrobe crew; Janae Schulte, sophomore in human development and family science, Ellsworth, set/props crew; Hunter Parker, sophomore in political science and theatre, Fort Scott, spotlight operator.

From Greater Kansas City: Cooper McGuire, senior in vocal performance, Gardner, as Major-General; Anthony Bandy, senior in music theatre, light board operator, and Donovan Watts, junior in theatre, as Police, both from Kansas City; Spencer Pope, freshman in music education, Lenexa, sound board operator; Lauren Taylor, junior in music theatre, Olathe, as a Daughter; Kaitlyn Burns, junior in theatre, as Police, Erin Grochowsky, junior in music education, as a Daughter, and Zack Russell, junior in music composition, as a Pirate and Queen Victoria, all from Overland Park; Brahm Berry, freshman in music education, Roeland Park, as a Pirate; and Matthew Robison, freshman in music theatre, Shawnee, as a Pirate.

Davis Roe, junior in music, Kingman, as a Pirate.

From Manhattan: Michael Duncan, junior in theatre, as Police; Rachel Hunt, master's student in music, as Edith; Sarah Hutchison, senior in theatre, spotlight operator; Willie Michaels, senior in vocal performance, as Samuel; and Ashley Peery, junior in music education, as a Daughter.

Quinton Church, master's student in music, Minneapolis, as a Pirate; J.D. Warren, senior in theatre, Salina, as Police; Emma Price, sophomore in theatre, Scott City, as a Daughter; and Jesse Barnes, junior in theatre, Spring Hill, lighting designer.

From Topeka: Skyler Lindquist, sophomore in English, as a Pirate; Hunter Nelson, senior in English and theatre, as the Sergeant; and Lucero Padilla, senior in vocal performance, as Frederic.

Brandon Piper, freshman in wildlife and outdoor enterprise management, Wamego, set/props crew.

From Wichita: Spencer McIntire, senior in vocal performance, as the Pirate King; Abby Schweikert, senior in management, wardrobe crew; and Kim Wong, junior in theatre, wardrobe crew.

Sarrah Sultz, sophomore in music education, Winfield, as a Daughter.

From Missouri: Samantha Williams, junior in vocal performance, Branson as Mabel; Brett Boline, junior in architectural engineering and theatre, Carl Junction, as Police; Oliver Hutchison, junior in civil engineering, Kansas City, as Police; and Sydney VanDyke, sophomore in communication sciences and disorders, St. Joseph, as a Daughter.

From Nebraska: Masie Dulitz, freshman in music education, Kearney, as a Daughter; and Payton Boldt, sophomore in vocal performance, Omaha, as Kate.

Lorenzo Butler, master's student in music, Lawton, Oklahoma, as a Pirate; and Grace Volker, senior in vocal performance, Madison, South Dakota, as Ruth.


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Andover, Chapman, Ellsworth, Fort Scott, Gardner, Kansas City, Kingman, Lenexa, Manhattan, Minneapolis, Olathe, Overland Park, Roeland Park, Salina, Scott City, Shawnee, Topeka, Wamego, Wichita and Winfield, Kansas; Branson, Carl Junction, Kansas City and St. Joseph, Missouri; Kearney and Omaha, Nebraska; and Lawton, Oklahoma.

Written by

Andrew Eisch