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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tri-State Actors Theater celebrates its 27th Summer Intern Program with ‘Pirates of Penzance’

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Tri-State Actors Theater celebrates its 27th Summer Intern Program with a rousing adaptation of Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic opera THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, with book by Lynne Bartlett, Mark Leeh, and Kevin O’Mara, and Music and Lyrics by David Billings, Mark Leeh and Kevin O’Mara. THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE will have 10 performances - Wednesday through Saturday, July 30 - August 9 at the Performing Arts Center of SCCC, Newton.

Set in Cornwall in the 1880s, The Pirates of Penzance is the timeless tale of Frederic, the "poor wan'dring one" and the fair Mabel. Frederic, having completed his 21st year, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates. He meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and the two young people fall instantly in love. Frederic finds out, however, that he was born on February 29, and so, technically, he only has a birthday each leap year. His apprenticeship states that he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday, and so he must serve for another 63 years. Bound by his own sense of duty, Frederic's only solace is that Mabel agrees to wait for him faithfully.

Tri State Interns

Tri-State’s Summer Intern Program, for students ages 12 to 18, is under the direction of Paul Meacham, Tri-State’s founder and Artistic Director. This season’s intern company includes: from Andover – Brandon Schoemer; from Hamburg – Hannah Conklin and Mikaela Crowell; from Newton – Emma Kimble, Alex McCully and Julianna Moorhouse; from Ogdensburg – Chelsea Horuzy; from Port Jervis – Meghan Mahaney; from Sparta – Julia Miller; and from Sussex – Emma Cahill and Albert Weitz. The production team includes John Zatorski as music director, Lauren DeVore as choreographer, Emily Houdershieldt as stage manager, and Devony DiMattia as assistant to the director.

Tri-State began in 1988 as a company of middle and high school students performing children’s theater. Those young performers were the artistic foundation for what has become Tri-State Actors Theater. It was from this base that Tri-State developed into a professional and training theater. Over the years, the Intern Program has developed into an active, comprehensive, and practical study of theater art with the purpose of performing and producing plays on the highest professional level. The entire program involves three weeks of rehearsals and training and two weeks of performances. During this period the company learns about theater and ensemble performances by doing. All work and train with a professional director, choreographer, and music director.

Get ready for a unique swashbuckling musical journey, fun for the entire family! The wit and whimsy of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic score is filled with a modern sensibility in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, a hilarious musical farce that centers on a host of colorful characters – including sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers, dewy-eyed daughters and an eccentric Major-General, all morally bound to the often-ridiculous dictates of honor and duty. Audiences are invited to meet the performers after each show.

Curtain times are 11:00 am on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with a second performance on Friday nights at 7:00 pm. There is one performance on Saturdays at 2:00 pm. Performances will be held in the air-conditioned, accessible Performing Arts Center at Sussex County Community College. Tickets are $14 for ages 18 and over and $10 for children. Tickets are available in advance or at the door on day of performance.

 

Ticket reservations are recommended. Please call the Box Office at 973 383-0510 for reservations and information. Group rates are available for all performances, please call to make advance reservations. Tickets can also be purchased by going online to http://sussex.edu/ and clicking on the Box Office link in the lower right corner.

Additional information about Tri-State Actors Theater is available on the web at www.tristateactorstheater.org. The PAC Theater at SCCC is wheelchair accessible, with elevator service from the main lobby to the theater. Funding for Tri-State Actors Theater by a generous donation from The Horizon Foundation of New Jersey and by donations from individuals and local businesses.

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