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Auditions set for Feb. 5-6 in Cordier Auditorium

Ahoy! All would-be The Pirates of Penzance singers, actors on deck!


       Avast! Those who can carry a tune may want to swagger on over to Manchester College on Feb. 5 or Feb. 6 to join the casting call for the Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera, The Pirates of Penzance. The auditions, from 6 to 9 p.m. in Cordier Auditorium, seek talented singers and actors from the community and the College, said Music Director Debra Lynn, associate professor of music.

       Collaborating with the Manchester Symphonic Orchestra, the ship sails May 2-4 on the Cordier stage.

       Needed are male and female chorus members, and four female and four male leads with a sense of humor. All must be at least 12 years old for this rowdy story of pirates, “beauties,” a coming-of-age lad and his somewhat-deaf nursemaid. (The light opera is sung in English.) Co-leading the production is Professor Scott Strode, director of theatre.

       Those who audition must expect to rehearse 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 13, with additional rehearsals starting in mid-March.

Auditionees on Feb. 5-6 will sing from memory a prepared piece (classical or Broadway) for 32 measures. A pianist is provided but auditionees must bring music. Those interested  in speaking roles will read script excerpts. Audition information packets are available for checkout at the North Manchester Public Library and at Funderburg Library on the Manchester College campus.

       The College will offer an information session and film of a Canadian production of The Pirates of Penzance at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30 in Flory Auditorium of the Science Center. To contact Debra Lynn: 260-982-5296 or

       The Pirates of Penzance is the story of Frederic, mistakenly apprenticed as a pirate after his rather deaf nursemaid mistook his parent’s intentions that he become a pilot. Now, he has come of age and realizes an honorable man must work to eradicate pirates. Finally on land, he also discovers the young ladies are much more appealing than his 47-year-old nursemaid.



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