Pirates of Penzance (2017)

Pirates of Penzance (2017)

production Description

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.

Production Staff


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

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