2018-2019 PRODUCTIONS

Lamplighters Music Theatre is pleased to present our 2018-2019 Performance of…

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE 

W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan

One of the most beloved of all operettas, and known as one of the “Big Three” of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon, PIRATES is full of some of their most famous musical numbers, including “I am the very model of a modern Major-General,” “Poor wand’ring one,” “With cat-like tread,” and the glorious anthem “Hail, Poetry”.

Director Nicolas Aliaga frames his first production with Lamplighters through a more modern lens, emphasizing the late 19th Century concept of the “New Woman,” which embraced an entirely new feminist ideal.  Major-General Stanley’s wards are intrepid, curious, and hardy and the pirates themselves are gentlemen whose true crime is merely casting off society’s expectations; this will be a show about not doing what you are expected – or, indeed, duty-bound – to do!

Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek
August 4, 2018 (Saturday 2pm and 8pm)
August 5, 2018  (Sunday 2pm)

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
August 11, 2018  (Saturday, 2pm and 8pm)
August 12, 2018  (Sunday 2pm)

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
August 18, 2018  (Saturday 2pm and 8pm)
August 19, 2018  (Sunday 2pm)

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
August 25, 2018  (Saturday 2pm and 8pm)
August 26, 2018  (Sunday 2pm)

News about The Pirates of Penzance!

The New Woman

Director Nicolas Aliaga is bringing a fresh new concept to our summer production of Pirates of Penzance. As costumer designer Miriam Lewis explains, “We’re setting this production in 1897, which is when you get the idea of the New Woman. What this means for us is that women were doing a lot of things that had previously been only done by men, both professionally and for personal pleasure. The women in our ensemble have to be active in order to pursue their interests. They can’t wear the beautiful, giant hoop skirts used in past productions. So they are wearing things like bicycle bloomers, split skirts, and knickers. They will really be able to climb over rocky mountains!”

“We want these modern daughters of the Modern Major General to be able to be very active in their costumes. They can be archeologists, or geologists, or naturalists. And the idea that women could be more active in their leisure pursuits went hand in hand with the idea that they could be more active in a social sense. The suffragette movement had been going on for some time, but was still very important in 1897. All of this is reflected in the change of costume for our women.”

“But it certainly isn’t dour or grim. These are girls that just want to have fun. But fun with a purpose!”​​

Announcing the Final PIRATES OF PENZANCE Cast and Performance Dates!

The Pirates of Penzance is casting off for Bay Area theaters throughout August. In two words, here is the final cast list!

Principals, in order of appearance:

Samuel: Sterling Liska
Pirate King: Jonathan Spencer
Frederic: Michael Desnoyers, Carmello Tringali
Ruth: Gwendolyn Kuhlmann, Deborah Rosengaus
Edith: Melissa Sondhi
Kate: Kristin Avila
Isabel: Ashley Chen
Mabel: Julia Mulholland, Erin O’Meally
Major-General Stanley: F. Lawrence Ewing
Sergeant: Charles Martin

Chorus of Pirates, Daughters, and Policemen:

Simon Banaag, Natalie Buck-Bauer, Tricia Callero, Audrey Carstensen, Nicholas Dahlman, Jeffrey Erickson, Anarka Fairchild, Katherine Feller, George Fernandez, Stephanie Fields, Isaac Goldberg, Abby Green, Andrew Green, Jen Kiernan, Camille Lake, Bridget Maguire-Colton, Douglas Mandell, Rachel Mustain, Rik Myslewski, Colin Raab, Alan Roberts, Andy Serrano, Bobby Singer, Brianna Stutzman, Ilana Walder-Biesanz, Paul Zawilski

Alternating Cast Performance Dates

The roles of Frederic, Ruth, and Mabel are double-cast. The performers who will play those roles at each performance are:

Lesher Center, Walnut Creek
Saturday, August 4, 2 pm: Michael Desnoyers, Gwendolyn Kuhlmann, Erin O’Meally
Saturday, August 4, 8 pm: Carmello Tringali, Deborah Rosengaus, Julia Mulholland
Sunday, August 5, 2 pm: Carmello Tringali, Deborah Rosengaus, Julia Mulholland

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, August 11, 2 pm: Carmello Tringali, Deborah Rosengaus, Julia Mulholland
Saturday, August 11, 8 pm: Michael Desnoyers, Gwendolyn Kuhlmann, Erin O’Meally
Sunday, August 12, 2 pm: Michael Desnoyers, Gwendolyn Kuhlmann, Erin O’Meally

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
Saturday, August 18, 2 pm: Michael Desnoyers, Gwendolyn Kuhlmann, Erin O’Meally
Saturday, August 18, 8 pm: Carmello Tringali, Deborah Rosengaus, Julia Mulholland
Sunday, August 19, 2 pm: Carmello Tringali, Deborah Rosengaus, Julia Mulholland

Bankhead Theater, Livermore
Saturday, August 25, 2 pm: Carmello Tringali, Deboarh Rosengaus, Julia Mulholland
Saturday, August 25, 8 pm: Michael Desnoyers, Gwendolyn Kuhlmann, Erin O’Meally
Sunday, August 26, 2 pm: Michael Desnoyers, Gwendolyn Kuhlmann, Erin O’Meally

Our Production Staff

Stage Director: Nicolas Aliaga Garcia

Conductor/Music Director: David Drummond

Production Manager: Nicolas Aliaga Garcia

Technical Director: Adam Puglielli

Stage Manager: Sarah Terman

Costume Designer: Miriam Lewis

Lighting Designer: Brittany Mellerson

Set Designer: Peter Crompton

Hair/Wig Designer: Kerry Rider-Kuhn

Make-Up: David Kirby

Props Designers: Elizabeth Reeves and Frances Silcox