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Libretto by W. S. Gilbert

Music by Arthur Sullivan

Orchestration by Peter Murray

Gilbert and Sullivan are the undisputed masters of comic operetta and the proud parents of the modern musical. That their works are more in demand today than when they were created over a century ago is ample proof of their lasting brilliance.

When the hero of The Pirates of Penzance was but a boy, his father instructed his nurse to have him apprenticed as a pilot. She thought he said 'pirate' and thus the zany troubles began.


Sword fights, absurd adventures, blundering policeman, a quirky Major General, improbable paradoxes, and a little bit of tap. This show has everything! The Marshall Civic Players invites teens entering grade 9 through those exiting grade 12 in Summer 2023 to audition for this fun, exciting comedy musical! 

Audition Information

Auditions May 8 and 10, 2023

Franke Center for the Arts


*All auditionees should attend Monday auditions and be prepared to attend callbacks on Wednesday. Contact Director Sarah Noah at 989-482-1934 with any questions. 


Monday, May 8 (7-9pm) - Auditions


Auditionees should prepare a reading and song from the options in this packet. Music excerpts will be The Opening Pirate Chorus (first three pages) for lower voices and Climbing Over Rocky Mountains (A to C) for higher voices.


*This musical was written in 1879 and has a different style than modern musicals. To match the style of this show be prepared to sing in your head voice during your audition. If you’re unsure how to do this, or approach this, we’ll be ready to help! 


Wednesday, May 10 (7-9pm) - Callbacks 


We fully expect to need call backs for this production. However, we may not need to call back for all roles. Do not be discouraged if you don’t receive a call back. 


*Rehearsals for this production will begin Monday, May 22. 


Important Dates

Regular rehearsals for this production are Sunday-Thursday from 7-9pm at the Franke Center for the Arts. 


*The following are required rehearsals. If these conflict with the actor’s schedule, that must be added to the conflicts list on the audition form. 


TBD Saturday, June 3 (3 hours) - Stage Combat Workshop & Choreography

TBD Saturday, June 24 (3 hours) - Stage Combat & Choreography Review

Sunday, July 2 - Set Load In

TBD Saturday, July 8 from 12-7pm - Tech Day/Tech Run

TBD Sunday, July 9 5:30-10:30 pm - Tech Run

*We are debating exactly how to handle Tech Day. Please leave both full days above free. If we do Tech Day on Saturday, we would look to go dark or have our cast party the night before open on July 12. 


Monday, July 10 - Wednesday, July 12 from 5:30-10:30 pm - Tech Week

July 13-15 5:30 pm Call - Performances at 7:30 pm

July 16 12:30 pm Call  - Performance at 2:30 pm, followed by Strike (full cast required to attend strike until it is complete). 

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