Music and theatre departments
The Pirates of Penzance will open on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 pm and continue March 1-2 and 6-9 at 7:30 pm with a matinée on Sunday, March 3 at 2:00 pm.


Music and theatre departments team to produce The Pirates of Penzance

As part of its 2012-2013 main stage season, Colorado Mesa University’s Departments of Theatre Arts and Music will co-produce the full-scale operetta, The Pirates of Penzance. Following the success of their last collaboration in 2009, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, the Moss Performing Arts Center will once again treat the local community and the university to a full showcase of the rich talents of their students and faculty. The classic Gilbert and Sullivan musical was last produced at CMU in 1994 under the direction of music faculty member Jack Delmore. The musical is a delightful masterpiece that is as entertaining and hilarious today as it was when it first opened more than 100 years ago.

The fast-paced, fun and irreverent comic operetta first premiered at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York on Dec. 31, 1879. It tells the story of tender-hearted pirates, reluctant policemen, earnest lovers and an eccentric major-general, all of whom are ridiculously bound by the dictates of duty. Among the fathers of the modern musical, Gilbert and Sullivan attained a lasting brilliance and beauty with this classic production.

The live orchestra will be made up of instrumental music majors, most of whom are involved with the CMU Symphony and Wind Symphony ensembles and will be conducted by Carlos Elias. The cast is compiled of theatre arts acting/directing and musical theatre majors as well as students pursuing vocal music performance degrees. As in all main stage theatre productions at CMU, students from many different areas of study are given the opportunity to show off their talents. Students studying technical theatre and design will design and create costumes, as well as build and paint sets, design lighting and sound cues, and fill vital roles in stage management.

Music majors will take on three of the main roles: Kalinda Theobold as the beautiful maiden, Mabel; Levi Meyer as the duty-bound former pirate Frederic; with Chris Arroyo and theatre major Chris Wells sharing the role of the dashing Pirate King. Rounding out the cast of lead players is theatre major Ethan Knowles as the wordy major-general, who performs the operetta’s most recognizable tune “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General.”

A vocal performance and music education major, Theobold is “really excited” to perform as Mabel. “I feel like it’s a great opportunity and it will be my first lead role on the main stage. It’s going to be a great experience!”

Delmore will return as director. Ann J. Sanders will also return as choreographer. Sanders will work with the cast of pirates to create the comic ballet set in the second act. Theatre arts faculty member Jeremy R. Franklin will work closely with Delmore as the musical director.

The Pirates of Penzance will open on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 pm and continue March 1-2 and 6-9 at 7:30 pm with a matinée on Sunday, March 3 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are available online at or by calling the box office at 970.248.1604. The box office is located in the lobby of the Moss Performing Arts Center and is open from 10 am – 2 pm Tuesday-Friday.

The musical is sponsored by Enstroms Candies. •

By Laura Bradley and Tara Kellaway

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