General Stanley’s harmonising daughters pursue the freshly-washed-ashore (and coincidently very handsome) Frederick, all the while fighting off a band of mischievous, swash-buckling pirates.
The pesky pirates are back by popular demand! Scranton power-duo Colin Holmes and Stephen Murphy (who both worked in our '14 production) return to Direct and Music Direct this heartwarming, wacky musical.
Music and Lyrics
Gilbert and Sullivan
The Pirate King
Major General Stanley
Sargeant of the Police
Billie Aken Tyers
Logan T. Sutton
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As I’m sure you can imagine, executing any form of a socially distant, radio operetta is no small feat.
I am so proud of the work you’re about to listen to. This classic Gilbert & Sullivan is still just as funny, just as entertaining, and just as utterly melodramatic today as it was in its birth in 1879.
Needless to say, this show has been around for a LONG time. In fact, one of my earliest memories of Pirates was my grandfather recounting his performance as the “police sergeant” in his high school’s rendition of this show 60+ years ago.
The festival’s theme this year is “home”. I cannot tell you how much joy it brings me to be able to put together a version of this heartwarming musical for all of you, and especially my grandpa, to listen to from the comfort of home.
My gratitude and thanks goes out to our AMAZING voice artists, sound technicians, production team, and board of directors for making this show exceed any and all expectations.
In addition to this powerhouse team, an extreme debt of gratitude is due to our musical director, Stephen Murphy. Stephen worked tirelessly to record piano accompaniment tracks for our actors to perform to from home. Then he re-orchestrated the entire show, layered dozens and dozens of individual actors vocal tracks and somehow managed to make this sound seamless. You are an amazing artist, my favorite collaborator, and friend.
Please enjoy SSF’s radio rendition of “The Pirates of Penzance”.