Music by ARTHUR SULLIVAN
Libretto and Lyrics by WILLIAM SCHWENCK GILBERT
OLIVIA YOKERS soprano – Mabel WEBSITE
JACOB RYAN WRIGHT* tenor – Frederic WEBSITE
TYLER ALESSI baritone – Pirate King
NORAGH DEVLIN mezzo-soprano – Ruth WEBSITE
GARY BRIGGLE tenor – Major-General WEBSITE
MICHAEL COLMAN* bass – Sergeant of Police WEBSITE
MARISA KARCHIN soprano – Edith WEBSITE
COURTNEY ELVIRA mezzo-soprano – Kate
*Dayton Opera Debut
PATRICK REYNOLDS conductor WEBSITE
GARY BRIGGLE stage director WEBSITE
DAYTON OPERA THOMAS BANKSTON artistic director WEBSITE
DAYTON OPERA CHORUS JEFFREY POWELL chorus master WEBSITE
DAYTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
IN ENGLISH WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES
Gilbert and Sullivan’s rollicking comedy centers on the romantic misadventures of Mabel and Frederic, who was mistakenly apprenticed to a band of “reluctant” pirates. Add to that a very model of a modern Major-General, his bevy of beautiful daughters, and a bungling bunch of Keystone Cops–style police, and you have the delightfully wacky operetta that has amused audiences since its 1879 debut.
Twists and turns abound, interspersed with some of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most delightful melodies. Who could remain unmoved when Frederic woos his future bride with “Oh! Is there not one maiden breast?" Certainly not Mabel, who offers Frederic hope with "Poor wand'ring one."
Set sail with the jolliest group of pirates to swab a stage! It’s a voyage perfect for the whole family!