Pirates of Penzance


The Harriet and Charles

Luckman Fine Arts Complex

Contact: Diane Turner

Phone: (323) 343-6616

Fax: (323) 343-6423

Date: Oct. 16, 1997


A shipload of zany pirates, a bevy of giggling maidens and a
band of bumbling policemen bring fun and sparkle to Opera A La
Carte's The Pirates of Penzance at Cal State L.A.'s Luckman
Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. Richard Sheldon directs
and also appears as "the very model of a modern major-general"
in this Gilbert and Sullivan classic, complete with full orchestra.
Alexander Ruggieri conducts. Tickets are $32.50 and $27.50
for general admission and $15 for seniors and students. For tickets
call the Luckman ticket office at (323) 343-6600 or TicketMaster
at (213) 365-3500 or (714) 740-7878.

One of the most charmingly silly love stories ever to grace the
light opera stage, The Pirates of Penzance features Sheldon
as the Major-General with Gregory Moore as the Pirate King and
tenor Steve Parkin as Frederic, who, as a child, was mistakenly
apprenticed to the pirate band. Responsible for this blunder
is Frederic's nursemaid Ruth, played by Johanna Stahl in her debut
with the company. Soprano Lova Lee Hyatt as the Major-General's
daughter Mabel, is the object of Frederic's amorous intentions.
Attempting to thwart the efforts of the pirates amid considerable
confusion, Rollin Lofdahl as the Sergeant of Police reminds us
that "a policeman's lot is not a happy one!" Baritone
Eli Villanueva plays Samuel, the Pirate King's Lieutenant along
with Kris Kennedy, Ann Noriel and Carol Winston as daughters Edith,
Kate and Isabel respectively.

According to Daily Variety, "Musically and dramatically
this 'Pirates' is a pro show top to bottom."

Founded in 1970 by noted British Gilbert and Sullivan specialist
Richard Sheldon, Opera A La Carte has earned recognition as one
of the foremost Gilbert and Sullivan touring repertory companies
in the country.

Luckman Theatre, part of the Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine
Arts Complex, brings the performing arts of Los Angeles and the
world to Southern California. The Complex is located on the campus
of Cal State L.A. at the junction of the I-710 (Long Beach) and
I-10 (San Bernardino) freeways. For additional Luckman information
call (323) 343-6610 or access the Luckman through the Cal StateL.A.
home page at <www.calstatela.edu>.

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