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Pirates of Penzance Coming to Moravian

Beloved operetta to be performed by students, faculty, community members

Bethlehem, Pa., November 3, 2004 -- The Moravian College Community Orchestra and the Moravian College Opera Ensemble will present two performances of the Gilbert and Sullivan comedy, “Pirates of Penzance,” on Saturday, November 13, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 14, at 4 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall.

The comedic operetta focuses on the fate of a young man named Frederic who has just reached his 21st birthday and therefore expects to end his apprenticeship with the infamous band of the pirates from Penzance.

The cast consists of Moravian students: Kirsten Ostrander’05, New Providence, N.J.; Matthew Smyth ’05, Doylestown, Pa.; Gregory Lissauer ‘07, Katanah, N.Y.; Lisa Toth, ’07, Pottstown, Pa.; Joyce Owens ’06, Califon, N.J.; and Jennifer Sherman ’07, Tunkhannock, Pa., who portrays Mabel, young Frederic’s love interest.

Members of the Moravian faculty and staff appearing in the production are: Christopher Jones, assistant professor of biology, as the Pirate King; Joel Nathan Rosen, assistant professor of sociology, in the pirates’ chorus, and Judith Green, assistant director of publications, in the chorus of General Stanley’s Wards.

The cast includes community actors, as well as professional actors in the leading roles. Richard Schapp, an opera professional from the Philadelphia area, will perform the part of Major-General Stanley. He is a member of the Savoy Company of Philadelphia, the oldest amateur G&S Company in the world. George McCarty North will perform the role of Frederic. He has appeared in a number of productions in the Philadelphia area and at The Academy of Music, The Kimmell Center and Carnegie Hall. Kelly Schmidt, who sings with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, will play the part of Ruth, pirate maid-of-all-work.

James E. Barnes, director of instrumental music, and associate professor of music at Moravian College is the music conductor and stage director for the production.

Foy Hall is located on Moravian College’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, Church and Main Streets, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tickets are $12 for adults; $6 for students and senior citizens. For reserved ticket information, please call the Moravian College music department at 610-861-1650 or email music@moravian.edu.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu