GREEN ROOM THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTSTHE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 05, 2017 CONTACT: Nick Wass 760-777-2451 firstname.lastname@example.org
GREEN ROOM THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS GILBERT & SULLIVAN’S THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
PALM DESERT, CA — The Green Room Theatre Company, now in its ninth season, is proud to present the comic genius of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance at the Indian Wells Theatre on the California State University, San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus, July 19th and 20th at 6:00P.M. and July 20th at 1:00P.M. There is no better summer entertainment value in the Coachella Valley. Tickets are affordably priced at $19, or $12 for students and seniors. On-campus parking for the show is free.
The desert's largest summer musical features the talents of piano virtuoso Kurt Jordan and showcases several of Coachella Valley's rising musical theatre stars. A gem of the Victorian musical stage, ThePirates of Penzance features some of comic opera's best-loved songs including "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General", "Poor Wandering One", and "O, Better Far to Live and Die" ("I Am a Pirate King").
First performed in New York in 1879, this musical theatre classic has enthralled young and old alike for more than a century; Green Room Theatre Company’s production, with a fresh steampunk twist and Japanese Harajuku fashion, is sure to please.
The Pirates of Penzance, or The Slave of Duty is the rollicking tale of a band of gentlemen pirates and their young charge Frederic, who at the age of 21 completes his apprenticeship and seeksa law-abiding life away from the sea. With Ruth, his loyal, trustworthy, and rather dilapidated nursemaid - who is also desperately in love with him - Frederic embarks upon an adventure of mishaps and laughter at every turn. As Frederic’s comrades try to draw him back into the pirate fold, the audience encounters a gaggle of delightful maidens; a squadron of bumbling bobbies; ingenious deceptions; and, of course, a love tryst. Frederic falls for the loveliest maiden of all, the Major General’s daughter Mabel.
Fifty-five actors and dancers under the musical direction of Mark Austin include teen opera sensation Kaiya Treash, who heads the cast as Mabel. Local favorite Hal O'Connell is Major General Stanley. Costumes are by Juliette Lunger, with choreography by Cat City dance phenomenon Haley Izurieta. Each performance opens with a special pre-show fantasia, "Ghost of the Pirate King", devised by playwright/director Deanne Anders.
The Pirates of Penzance is led by award-winning directors David Catanzarite and Allison Feist. Catanzarite is Artistic Director of Green Room Theatre Company. He has directed nationally and internationally since 1985, and is currently professor of Theatre Arts at California State University, San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus. Allison Feist is Performing Arts and Theatre Professor at Xavier Academy. Musical Director Mark Austin has worked as a musical theater director for more than thirty years. He is past Director of Choral Music at Providence College, and was a regular guest lecturer at Stanford University and the Eastman School of Music.
Green Room Theatre Company is a nonprofit corporation bringing musical theatre, touring productions, staged readings, "site-specific" performances, and arts education to residents and visitors in the Coachella Valley. In the 2017-2018 season Green Room launches Coachella Valley Shakespeare, a series of Shakespeare productions, readings, and events throughout the desert. Green Room’s unique Conservatory Program offers career pathway curriculum to foster creativity and enrich the lives of young artists ages 8 to 24 with training and practical participation in theatre.
Note: Green Room Theatre is family friendly, but never admits children 4 and under to its mainstage presentations.
The Indian Wells Theatre is at 37500 Cook Street on the Palm Desert Campus of California State University, San Bernardino. For tickets and information about The Pirates of Penzance call 760 696-2546 or visit greenroomtheatrecompany.org.