The Betty Ling Tsang Fine Arts Series at Morningside College will present a fully-staged production of the comic musical “The Pirates of Penzance” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Ave. The show is free and open to the public.
The Betty Ling Tsang Fine Arts Series at Morningside College will present a fully-staged production of the comic musical “The Pirates of Penzance” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Ave.
The show is free and open to the public. Nicholas Wuehrmann, an actor, singer and director from New York City, will be at Morningside College to direct the production.
“The Pirates of Penzance” by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan has remained popular since it opened in New York City in 1879. In the musical, Frederic is released from an apprenticeship with pirates on his 21st birthday. He soon learns, however, that he was born on Feb. 29, so he only has a birthday each leap year. As a result, he must remain an apprentice for another 63 years.
Assisting with the musical are Randy Peters, artistic director of the Betty Ling Tsang Fine Arts Series and costumes; Betty Skewis-Arnett, costumes; Kate Saulsbury, music director; Sean Burton, conductor; Shannon Salyards, vocal coach; Steven Lundberg, vocal and acting coach; Deanna Mumgaard, accompanist; Tim Case, set designer; and Michael Rohlena, light designer.
Student cast members are Brock Bourek of Columbus, Neb.; Johnathon Bowling of Marion, Iowa; Amy Carothers of Cape Coral, Fla.; Johnny Culver of Ottumwa, Iowa; Jori Ellenbecker of Beaver Creek, Minn.; Gage Fenton of Keokuk, Iowa; Kathryn Jones of Laramie, Wyo.; Grady Klein of Cambridge, Minn.; Allison Linafelter of Sioux City; Shaley McDermott of Anthon, Iowa; Travis Metzger of Garretson, S.D.; Elizabeth Planck of Omaha, Neb.; Mitchell Polley of Sioux City; Levi Rowe of Le Mars, Iowa; Matthew Stogdill of Urbandale, Iowa; Joey Volquartsen of Stanton, Iowa; and Anna Zetterlund of Keokuk, Iowa.
Other cast members are Juan Ahumada Jr., Joey Hartshorn, Sarah Holman, Tim Huggenberger, Karl Koelling, Scott Kruse, Andrew Nelson, Tom Schafer, Sarah Scheffer and Jordyn Younger.
Student crew members are Bourek; Shelby Ewalt of Sioux City; Stephen Jessen of Exira, Iowa; Morgan Polenske of Randolph, Neb.; Sheila Ruiz of Santa Ana, Calif.; Benji Sitzmann of Le Mars, Iowa; Leann Smith of Sioux City; Krista Waite of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Erica Young of Waverly, Iowa.
Funding for “The Pirates of Penzance” is provided by Morningside College, the Gilchrist Foundation, the Iowa Arts Council, Missouri River Historical Development, the Siouxland Community Foundation and Grainger Industrial Supply.