The Pirates of Penzance
Lyrics: Sir William Schwenck Gilbert
Music: Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan
Director: Sarah Lodick
Frederic (age 21) is released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates. He then meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and the two fall in love instantly. Frederic, however, having been born on February 29th, technically has only one birthday every four years and, as a result, must remain apprenticed to the pirates for another 63 years. Bound by his overwhelming sense of duty Frederic soldiers on, his only solace being that Mabel has agreed to wait for him faithfully.
Saturday, Dec 7th: 11AM - 1PM
*Audition Dance will be taught at 11:30am SHARP
Sunday, Dec 8th: 5PM - 7PM
*Audition Dance will be taught at 5:30pm SHARP
Rehearsals begin Tuesday, December 10 at 7pm in the Gallery. Most rehearsals will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, with occasional Saturday or Sunday rehearsals as needed, especially as we near Tech Week.
The Tech Week and Dress Rehearsal Period will begin on Sunday, March 2 in the early evening. Attendance is mandatory for all actors/crew during that week.
- (No appointment is required unless you plan to arrive more than 1 hour after the audition start time.)
- If you would like to audition but are unable to attend the auditions, please contact Sarah by email ASAP to schedule an alternative audition appointment on the Call Back evening or whenever mutually agreeable.
- Your song audition may happen either before or after the dance audition.
Sunday, Dec 8th: 7PM - 10PM (as needed)
Monday, Dec 9th: 7PM - 10PM (as needed)
Bring to the audition:
30-90 seconds of memorized in the style of the show. Bring sheet music in your correct key (accompanist will be provided). No a cappella or recorded music; songs from the show are not acceptable.
come dressed prepared to move and be ready to learn and have some fun!
NOTE: Audition Dance taught at select times ONLY.
- Please Note: Actors must be at least 10 years old. Actors under 18 must have provide parental consent.
- Resume: (if you have one)
- Calendar: list of potential conflicts. Availability will affect casting decisions.
Rehearsal attendance is very important!!!
- Headshots: are nice to have, but not required (we will take a digital photo of you at the audition).
5 Male / 5 Female
- MABEL - (Soprano Bb3 - Db6, 18-21 yrs old)
Daughter of the Major-General. Mabel is a classic beauty similar to Lillian Gish or Mary Pickford. An astute young woman, she is sympathetic in nature. She and Frederic fall in love.
- FREDERIC - (Tenor Bb2 - G4, 21 years old)
A member of the Pirates. He is unaffected and possesses an unself-conscious sex appeal. Youthful, genuine and innocent.
- RUTH - (Mezzo G3 - Eb5, 47 yrs old)
Frederic's lifelong nanny. A sneaky Mrs. Potts, she is attractive enough for her age but cares very little about such things. She wants nothing more in life than to see Frederic happy, healthy, and by her side.
- PIRATE KING - (Baritone A#2 - F4)
The leader of the pirates. Despite his sharp and loud bark, he is actually a whole-hearted romantic with a soft bite. A handsome man typically found with an open shirt and wind in his hair.
- MAJOR-GENERAL STANLEY - (Baritone Bb2 - E4, 50+ yrs old)
A father with many daughters. He resembles a male Queen Victoria in his sensibilities. Possesses kindness, warmth, and good-humor. The love for his daughters is undeniable.
- SERGEANT OF POLICE - (Baritone G2 - E4)
The leader of the police. He is Groucho Marx-esque and uncomfortably clumsy. Though their duty to protect is clear, the Sergeant and his police are more accustomed to fear and hide.
- SAMUEL - (Baritone Bb2 - F4)
The Pirate King's right-hand man. Perhaps a bit rotund, Samuel is clever but easily manipulated and influenced.
- EDITH - (Soprano Ab3 - G5)
Daughter of the Major-General. Level-headed girl who is quite mischievous. Very beautiful and the eldest of the daughters.
- KATE - (Mezzo Ab3 - G5)
Daughter of the Major-General. Quick-witted and rather sassy. She, like her other sisters, is strikingly beautiful.
- ISABEL - (Soprano C#4 - G5)
Daughter of the Major-General. Isabel is very imaginative and incredibly beautiful. She is the shyest and youngest of the sisters.
- Daughters (female)
- Pirates (male or cross-dressing female)
- Police (dancer/movers, male or cross-dressing female)
Pacifica Spindrift Players
1050 Crespi Dr., Pacifica, CA
Performances March 7 – April 6
- Final Dress Rehearsal: Thursday, March 6
- Opening Night: Friday, March 7 at 8pm
- Fridays: 3/7, 14, 21, 28, 4/4 at 8pm
- Saturdays: 3/8, 15, 22, 29, 4/5 at 8pm
- Sundays: 3/9, 16, 23, 30, 4/6 at 2pm
- MANDATORY Brush Up Rehearsal: Thursday, March 13
Email Sarah (director) for more information.