Orland Park Theatre Troupe Presents “Pirates of Penzance” April 27-29

Orland Park Theatre Troupe Presents “Pirates of Penzance” April 27-29
Posted on 04/12/2018

A rowdy cast of pirates, Keystone Cops and young maidens is about to set sail as Village of Orland Park Theatre Troupe presents its spring production of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera, "Pirates of Penzance."

The 36-member cast brings the 19th century maritime tale to life Friday, April 27 & Saturday April 28 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m. the Carl Sandburg High School Performing Arts Center, 13300 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park.

"This is one of Gilbert and Sullivan's funniest shows, for me. There is humor in every line and expression on the characters' faces. It is slap-stick humor at its best," said Orland Park resident producer-director Frann Carnivele. "The cast is having a blast creating characters. There's nothing like pirates, keystone cops and beautiful maidens."

Carnivele explained that while the story is an old, long ago written opera, it still appeals to audiences of all ages. The opera's official premiere was in New York City on December 31, 1879 and was performed for over a century in Britain, and by many other opera and repertory companies worldwide. The show continues to be revived and in 1983 was made into a major motion picture.

Orland Park Theatre Troupe's production showcases performers from 13 towns, and includes Justin Holloway of Tinley Park as Frederick, Gina Burnett of Orland Hills as Mabel, Lockport's Andrew Dicksen as The Pirate King, Suzanne Hamilton of Homer Glen as Ruth, Len Wcislo of Hickory Hills as General Stanley, and Orland Park's Dan Nevinger as Sergeant, Dean Erickson as Pirate Samuel, Sarah Callis as Edith, Jessica Winston as Kate, and Nicolette Mutnansky as Isabel.

"There is so much one can do with this particular production. So many liberties the actors can take without jeopardizing the integrity of the story line," Carnivele said. "It is hilarious to see the things each of the pirates have come up with for their individual characters. It really is so much fun. And the voices -- the vocals are stellar! It's so beautiful and captivating."

"Pirates of Penzance" is produced and directed by Carnivele, with the help of Assistant Director Bryan Riess of Orland Park, Musical Director Michael Barr-Schinzel of Chicago, and Choreographer Zoe Martinkus of Orland Park.

The full Orland Park cast includes Kennedy Boshardt, Annabella Cannici, Brady Dahl, Paige Doman, Patricia Domico, Rebecca Erickson, Christina Cucci Fischer, David Ford, Bill Kubiak, Zoe Martinkus, Gianna Nardella, Bryan Reiss, Ilana St. Clair, and William Vajarsky.

Additional cast members include: Allison, Amanda & Michelle Belair (Orland Hills), Amy Erxleben (Tinley Park), Jessica Hogueisson (Midlothian), Elizabeth Khouri (Palos Hills), Carli Mendoza (Mokena), Raymond Misischia (Joliet), Diana Stephenson, Hayden & Ryan Valecek (New Lenox), and Sara Von Borstel (Frankfort).

The show is two hours and features a 20-minute intermission.

Reserved seating tickets are on sale now in person at the village's Recreation Administration Office, 14600 Ravinia Avenue. Tickets are $18/adults; $16/seniors & students; $14/children under 12.

For more information, contact the Village of Orland Park Recreation Department at (708) 403-7275.