Ross valley players presents the pirates of penzance

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By W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan

Directed by James Dunn
ROSS, CA (July, 2015) – For its fifth and final production of the 2014-15 season, ROSS VALLEY PLAYERS presents the comedic opera, The Pirates of Penzance by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. One of Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular operas, The Pirates of Penzance is a hilarious story of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, foolish young lovers, naive daughters and an eccentric Major-General, all morally bound to the often ridiculous orders of honor and duty. Directed by renowned Marin County director, teacher and actor, James Dunn, The Pirates of Penzance first premiered in New York City in 1879, where it was widely received by both audiences and critics. The 1981 Broadway revival won a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical. The opera was turned into a musical film in 1983 and stared Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury, and Linda Ronstadt, and was most recently produced in London and directed by playwright, film and stage director Mike Leigh. The Pirates of Penzance begins with a preview on Thursday, July 16th and runs through Sunday, August 16th. Opening night is Friday, July 17th at 8PM.
The Pirates of Penzance tells the story of Frederic (Cordell Wesselink), who, having completed his 21st year, is released from his apprenticeship with a band of tender-hearted pirates. He meets Mabel (Joni DeGabriele), the daughter of Major-General Stanley (Norman A. Hall), and the two young adults fall instantly in love. Frederic finds out, however, that due to a “most ingenious paradox,” he must unexpectedly serve for another 63 years with the pirates. Bound by his own sense of duty, Frederic’s only solace is that Mabel agrees to wait for him faithfully. This sets the stage for fun, mishaps, and a secret that will change Frederic’s fate forever.

The Pirates of Penzance full cast includes:
Phillip Percy Williams (The Pirate King), Greg Wolff (Samuel, His Lieutenant), Cordell Wesselink (Frederic, The Pirate Apprentice), Christina Jaqua (Ruth, A Pirate Maid of All Work), Norman A. Hall (Major General Stanley), Bobby Singer (Sergeant of Police), Joni DeGabriele (Mabel), Katie Sorensen (Kate), and Dana Cherry (Isabel).

Chorus of Pirates:

Bob Galagaran, John T. Griffin, Izaak Heath, Jeremy Ivory-Chambers, and Ben Vasquez.

Chorus of Police:

Javier Alarcon, Charles Bookoff, Stephen Dietz, Michael Walraven, and Bob Wilson.

Chorus of Daughters:

Chloe Hunwick, Arden Kilzer, and Kathryn McGeorge.

Performances are Thursday, July 16th (Preview Night) through Sunday, August 16th, with Opening Night on Friday, July 17th at 8PM. Regular Thursday performances are at 7:30PM; Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM; Sunday matinees at 2PM. (Please note there is no matinee on Sunday, July 19th .) All performances take place at the Barn Theatre, home of the Ross Valley Players - 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross, CA 94957.

Ross Valley Players will hold several theme nights and special events in celebration of The Pirates of Penzance.

  • Saturday, July 18: Buzz at the Barn, a pre-show cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres and Bellinis, will take place at 7PM.

  • Saturday, July 25: Ross Valley Pride Night Out for LGBTQ community members. Bold attire is encouraged, after party with $3 Bay Breeze cocktails.

  • Sunday, July 26 and August 9: Audience members are invited to participate in “Talkback” with the director and actors after the matinee performances.

  • Saturday, August 1: Corsets & Cravats. Audience members are encouraged to dress in Victorian era outfits. $5 Pimm’s Cup cocktails will be served.

  • August 6-9: Dress Like a Pirate Weekend! Kids 17 & under free if in costume.

Ticket prices are $33 general admission, $29 for seniors 62+ and $17 for children (under 18) and student with valid ID. Preview night ticket prices are $13 for children and students; $19 general admission. Thursday night tickets prices are $17 for children and students with a high school or college ID, $27 for adults.
On-stage box seats will be available for purchase during each show. Prices are $20 (for season subscribers) and $50 (for non-subscribers) plus an additional fee. The box seats include a Union Jack 4x6” fabric flag, on-stage seating with the best views of the show, and a Pirate Punch cocktail. Box Seat occupants will also be part of the show, and asked to wave their flags at certain moments.
Purchase tickets online at or call (415) 456-9555 ext. 3 to make a reservation.

Now in its 85th year, Ross Valley Players, a non-profit arts organization, is the oldest continually operating community theater on the West Coast. Created in 1930 as a way to escape the hardships of the Depression, Ross Valley Players has introduced live theater to thousands of Marin residents over the years. Each year, RVP presents a regular season of six full productions, running a total of 30 weeks. RVP offers special events and short-term productions outside the regular season. Plays include recent Broadway material, popular plays, classic theater, and a selection of works by well-known playwrights from around the world. RVP features all genres: comedy, drama, mysteries, and musicals. Their Ross Alternative Works (RAW) program presents short run, minimal set productions of original scripts by Bay Area playwrights in two festivals each season.

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