Pirates of Penzance

The first Buffalo performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance was conducted by composer Arthur Sullivan himself--he wielded the baton in the 1880 premiere, only a few months after conducting the world premiere on Broadway in December 1879. Now the riotous musical extravaganza returns to the Riviera Theater in North Tonawanda for three performances, January 20-22. One of the best-loved operettas of all time, The Pirates of Penzance features comic masterpieces like "I am the very model of a modern major general" and "The policeman's lot is not a happy one," alongside gorgeous melodies like the waltz "Poor Wandering One." Opera-Lytes presents a fully-staged traditional production, with orchestral accompaniment, that is a tuneful treat suitable for the whole family! Visit the Riviera Theater's website for more information.

Cast & Chorus

  • Frederic: Austen Kewin
  • Pirate King: Alessio Tranchell
  • Mabel: Tediyra Barton-Harris
  • Ruth: Maria Goodrich
  • Edith: Victoria Pitre
  • Sergeant: Nick Czaplicki
  • Samuel: Andy Gonlag
  • Kate: Lisa Krueger
  • Major-General Stanley: John Vogt
  • Isabell: Wendy Swihart

Production Staff

  • Stage Director: Lisa Berglund
  • Music Director: Eric J. Van Pyrz
  • Accompanist: Curtis Cook
  • Managing Producers: Carlton & Deanna Van Pyrz