Don’t Miss This Fall’s Musical—The Pirates of Penzance

Pirates!

On November 15, 16, and 17 a band of musical buccaneers will swashbuckle their way onto Trinity’s campus in the Music Department’s fall production of The Pirates of Penzance, Gilbert and Sullivan’s acclaimed comic opera. In tow will be a Modern Major General, his numerous daughters, and a chorus of dancing policemen, all accompanied by members of TIU’s Symphonic Band and Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Pirates of Penzance will be directed by Kelsey Waybright, who comes to TIU fresh from heading up numerous stage productions in Pasadena, California, including Cinderella, Suessical the Musical and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!

“It is an honor to work on one of my favorite shows of all time at Trinity,” said Waybright. “Pirates is a wonderful combination of wit, lovable characters, and entertaining music.” Waybright also has a unique Trinity connection: her husband, Brandon, joins the TIU faculty this fall as assistant professor of graphic design. He is the son of past president Gregory L. Waybright, whose name adorns the University student center.

The musical director is TEDS alumnus Joshua Tyra (MA in Archaeology, 2012), who is a veteran of three musicals at Trinity, including last fall’s premiere of Sense and Sensibility: A New Musical, for which he also composed the score and co-wrote the lyrics. “I am thrilled to be bringing this show, which I have loved since I was a child, to the TIU audience. Every song is a hummable hit, and the plot is delightfully zany and uplifting,” Tyra said.

Pirates tells the story of Frederic, a young man mistakenly apprenticed as a child to a band of marauding pirates. When he falls in love with a beautiful Cornish maiden, his loyalties are sorely tested: will he stay true to his pillaging companions, or give up plowing the high seas for a life of plain English domesticity?

The production will be performed in the ATO Chapel on Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, November 17 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are only $5 for TIU students, faculty, and staff; $10 for general admission adults, $8 for children, students, seniors, and military, $30 per family (all immediate family members as a group), and free for children under age 5. A 20 percent discount is available for groups of 10 or more regular adult tickets purchased on the same order.

To order tickets, please call 847.317.8021. Tickets may also be purchased in the Waybright Center during the week of the show, or from a cast member. For more information, please email  kelseywbright@gmail.com or joshtyra@gmail.com.

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