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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! 


Jennifer Butterfield & Kathy Seifert


Sarah Noah

Musical Director/Choreographer

Marguerite Grupke


Colleen Hagerty

Assistant Directors

Riley Wilson & Quentin Villa

Stage Manager

Kayla Langford

Cast of Characters 


Frederic - Paul Butterfield

Mabel - Margaret Rodgers

Pirate King - Gunnar Ousley

Major General Stanley - Chance Hamilton 

Ruth - Bella Albarran

Samuel - Shane Klepper

Edith - Leia Young

Kate - Hannah Eggleton

Isabel - Mollie Weaver

Police Sergeant - Jack Marsh


Daughters of General Stanley

Aubrey Dysinger, Emily Lemon, Alaina Stafford, (Hannah Eggleton, Mollie Weaver, Leia Young)


Pirate Chorus

Jianna Bielby, Elliott Behrendt, Christian Brown, Teagan Cole, Faye Grupke, Dean Haroff, Jordan Harrell, Stephen Klepper, Allie Lucas, Jack Marsh


Police Chorus/Constables

Elliott Behrendt, Christian Brown, Adrienne Dysinger, Faye Grupke, Dean Haroff, Jordan Harrell, Stephen Klepper

Tap Dancers - Adrienne Dysinger, Jordan Harrell


Thursday, July 13th, 2023 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, July 14th, 2023 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, July 15th, 2023 @ 7:30 pm

Sunday July 16th, 2023 @ 2:30 pm

The Franke Center for the Arts

214 E Mansion Street, Marshall, MI 49068

“The Pirates of Penzance” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

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