Cameron University Opera Workshop students to present “The Pirates of Penzance”

The Cameron University Department of Music will present Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera "The Pirates of Penzance" featuring current vocal music students in the department's Opera Workshop. Performances will be presented on Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the McCutcheon Recital Hall. Admission is free; seating is limited to 80 patrons per performance. Seats can be reserved by calling 580.581.2440. "The Pirates of Penzance" is made possible by generous funding from the Southwest Oklahoma Opera Guild, which will host a reception following the Friday night performance.

Gered High of Lawton plays Frederic; Alyssa Yates, Elgin, plays Mabel; and Alex Huff, Lawton, plays Major General Stanley. Other cast members are Christopher Beckett, Matthew Billings, Tara Gill, Chelsea Jenkins, Peter Macias and Stacia Martel, Lawton; Alyson Hays, Marlow; Spencer Jones, Oklahoma City; and Kirk Prucha, Duncan.

Jenkins is also a member of the production team, joining Jordan Brickhouse, Altus; Kirstie Bridges, Fletcher;  Kathryn Burns, Lawton; Justin Reff, Lawton; and Ben Slagle, Elgin. The production is directed by Dr. Kathy Scherler, Assistant Professor of Music. Yuika Chan-Spannagel will provide piano accompaniment.

In "The Pirates of Penzance," Frederic was as a child apprenticed to a band of tenderhearted, orphaned pirates by his nurse who, being hard of hearing, had mistaken her master's instructions to apprentice the boy to a pilot. Frederic, upon completing his 21st year, rejoices that he has fulfilled his indentures and is now free to return to respectable society. But it turns out that he was born on February 29 in a leap year, and he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his actual 21st birth day. By the end of the opera, the pirates, a Major General who knows nothing of military strategy, his large family of beautiful but unwed daughters, and the timid constabulary all contribute to a cacophony that can be silenced only by Queen Victoria's name.

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October 21, 2013

PR#13-171