Gilbert and Sullivan Players to Present 'The Pirates of Penzance' April 28-30

by Public Relations | Apr 21, 2017

April 21, 2017

Saint Vincent College’s Gilbert and Sullivan Players will present W.S. Gilbert’s play, “The Pirates of Penzance” at 8 p.m. Friday, April 28; 8 p.m. Saturday, April 29; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30, in the Robert S. Carey Student Center Performing Arts Center. Admission is free but donations will be accepted.

The classic musical comedy comes to life in "The Pirates of Penzance!" Filled with humor, charm and wit, this show follows the struggle between love and duty in the heart of a young pirate as he encounters a world of women. Famous songs from the musical include “I am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General,” “With Cat-Like Tread,” and “Poor Wandering One.”

The cast includes Daniel Carlineo, sophomore mathematics major from Nottingham, Maryland, as Frederic; Taylor Hanson, a junior biology major from Greensburg, as Mabel; Robert Mangan, a junior political science major from Douglassville, as The Pirate King; John Wojtechko, a junior communication and English major from Crescent, as Major-General Stanley; William Brown II, a senior English major from East Orange, New Jersey, as Sergeant of Police; William Vana, a sophomore history education major from Monaca, as Samuel; Laurel Stern, a sophomore physics major from McKeesport, as Ruth; Katherine Torisky, a sophomore management major from Pittsburgh (15243), as Edith; Leah Poponick, a senior management major from Latrobe, as Kate; and Sydney Fulvi, a senior studio arts major from McKees Rocks, as Isabel.

The Chorus of Pirates, Police and General Stanley's Daughters includes Paisley Adams, a sophomore art education major from Ligonier; Robert Howard, a junior mathematics major from Ellicott City, Maryland; Micaela Kreuzwieser, a freshman English major from Canfield, Ohio; Edward Kunz, a sophomore international business major from Cranberry Township; Michael Mondock, a freshman history major from Greensburg; Christopher Paluzzi, a junior graphic design major from Latrobe; John Rogan, a freshman English major from State College;  Matthew Wojtechko, a freshman computer science major from Crescent; and Mary Yeckley, a senior physics major from Greensburg.

The show is being directed by Cameron Brennan, a sophomore communications major from East Earl. Other members of the production crew include Laurel Stern, as assistant director; Megan Paullet, a senior early childhood education major from Vandergrift, as music director; Joel Knepshield, a freshman management major from Leechburg, as assistant music director; Paisley Adams as producer; and Natalie Fetty, a junior early childhood education major from Pittsburgh (15228), as production manager.

The Saint Vincent College Gilbert and Sullivan Players is a student-run organization coordinated by an executive board consisting of William Brown II, president; Robert Howard, vice president; Taylor Hanson, secretary; Leah Poponick, treasurer; and John Wojtechko, public relations officer. The group is advised by Christopher Plummer, technical director of the Saint Vincent Theatre. The club was founded in 2006 by Zachary Luchetti, Laurie Racculia and Dr. Gary Quinlivan.

The crew consists of Ethan Gilbert, a senior criminology, law and society major from Delmont; Tressa Holodnik, a junior bioinformatics major from Pittsburgh (15235); Jazmine Kennedy, a freshman art administration major from Pittsburgh (15221); Philip Montalbano, a senior finance major from New Kensington; and Michael Suchernick a junior history major from Jackson, New Jersey.

Taylor Hanson, the secretary and president-elect, as well as Mabel stated, “’Pirates of Penzance’ has a special meaning for us as a club, since this year is our 10-year anniversary. It was also the first musical performed by this club when it was established, so I think it's a nice sentiment to reprise it for our anniversary. Personally, the Gilbert and Sullivan Club has meant a lot to me in my time here. I think this show is an especially great opportunity to show how much this group really means to all of us, and to convey how much we have grown as a club.”

The first collegiate Gilbert and Sullivan group in the nation, we are dedicated to performing the works of the 19th century composing duo W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan and keeping their works alive and fresh.


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