WAYNE – A musical theatre performance will be taking to the stage on the campus of Wayne State College in late March where the audience will sail the seven seas.
According to a release from Wayne State College, the comic opera ‘Pirates of Penzance’ is slated for Thursday, March 26 – Saturday, March 28 at 7 p.m. with a 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, March 29. The performances will be a collaborative effort between the WSC Theatre Program and Department of Music.
‘Pirates of Penzance’ is an amusing satire by playwright W. S. Gilbert with music by Sir Arthur Sullivan. Gilbert also provided the libretto. ‘Pirates of Penzance’ is notorious for fast tempo songs where each syllable corresponds to a single musical note. This patter style is a spoof on operatic conventions and was a staple of Gilbert and Sullivan’s works. ‘Pirates of Penzance’ premiered in New York City in 1879, however its social commentary remains relevant today.
Tickets are available at the door being $10 for adults, $5 for students 12 years of age and under as well as free for WSC students, faculty and staff. This production is directed by Rusty Ruth, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts. Brian Begley, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts, is the scenic and lighting designer, as well as technical director. Costume designer is WSC alum Anna Mae Kruger. Dr. David Bohnert, Professor and Director of Bands conducts the orchestra. Assistant Professor Dr. Matthew Armstrong serves as music director. Dr. Melissa Derechailo is the choreographer.
The principal cast includes WSC students: Jack Ryan Osnes, Sarah Wibben and Gary Weddel of Wayne; Payton Schake of Amherst; Andrew Suiter of Beatrice; Griffin Presnell of Lincoln; Mary Bruegman of Elkhorn; Hannah Urban of Bellevue and Abigail Brown of Creston.
The women’s ensemble features: Wynter Fulsaas of Oakdale; Jacee Wiesen of Staplehurst; Michaela Timmerman of Wausa; Samantha Henery of Madison; Linnea Vogel of Palmer; Haley Richstein of Bellevue; Nathania Mercelina of Willemstad, Curacao; Myah Gibney of Fremont; Miranda Trowbridge of Murdock; Jaci Torres of Wayne; Alexandria Vavra of Pierce; Destiny Hendry of Arlington and Mary Joan Waterhouse of Spirit Lake, Iowa.
The men’s ensemble includes: John Paul Engelkamp of Bellevue; Tom Toel of Le Mars, Iowa; Braden Kern of Ashland; Benjamin Bjorklund of Wakefield; Daniel Oldenkamp of Sioux City, Iowa; Dakota Schroll of Wood River; William Morales-Guerra of Lexington; Noah Miller and Jayvon Bailey of Omaha; Skyler Stefanski of Lincoln; and Glen Thompson of Littleton, Colo.
For more information, contact Rusty Ruth at 402-375-7422.