Olivet presents ‘Pirates of Penzance’ for spring musical

Olivet’s Department of Theatre and School of Music present this award-winning Broadway musical Feb. 28, March 1-2, 2019.

February 21, 2019 Arts & Music

After weeks of rehearsals, Olivet students are prepared to take the stage for their performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s musical, “The Pirates of Penzance.” 


“Pirates of Penzance has been done around the world since its debut in London in 1880. It is one of the most popular and fun operettas ever written. It is a cartoon set to music,” says professor and theatre director Jerry Cohagan. “No one is deeper than a petri dish! You’ll laugh, and then you’ll laugh some more.”

The performance, presented by the Department of Theatre and School of Music, will premiere in the Kresge Auditorium in Larsen Fine Arts Center on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. The pit orchestra will play under the direction of Dr. Neal Woodruff, music professor.

The two-act musical dives into the life of Frederic, a youthful orphan who has been mistakenly apprenticed to a group of kindhearted pirates. He falls for Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and a series of paradoxical misunderstandings ensue.

Samantha Rose Brody, a sophomore cast member, describes the musical as “fun for the whole family.” She adds, “With child-like innocence and splendid flourishes, it is a timeless tale of love and war. It is your d-u-t-y to attend.” 

Admission is $17 for adults and $12 for students and seniors over age 65. Tickets are available to purchase at olivet.edu/tickets. For more information or reserved seating, call 815-939-5110. Limited tickets available at the door. 

To learn more about Olivet’s theatre and music programs, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.

Published 2/21/2019

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