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University Opera Workshop’s Performance of ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ Delights Audiences

November 05, 2015

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Opera Workshop at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi brought Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” to life for a crowd of more than 500 with family-fun performances on October 29-30 in the Performing Arts Center.

The musical, which was directed by Cassi McNabb, Visiting Professional Assistant Professor of Music, invited attendees to join in pre-show pirate-themed activities, including a photo booth, treasure treat bags for children and more. Following the show, there was an opportunity for attendees to visit and take pictures with the cast in full costume.

“Our goal with this performance was to provide a fun atmosphere where adults and children alike could experience and enjoy opera,” said McNabb. “I know for most of the students in attendance, this was their first opera, and I wanted to make sure it was a fun memorable experience. Our Opera Workshop students in conjunction with the University Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Jose Flores, put on a great show for them!”

During the opera, student actors and singers portrayed the dilemma of young Frederic, played by Frank Garcia Jr., who, as a child, was mistakenly apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday, despite his moral objection to piracy. Ruth, played by Mekaila Hopkins; the Pirate King, played by Freddy Acevedo; and the romantic Mabel, played by Janell Stallard, all helped Frederic to deal with this unusual predicament.

The next Opera Workshop will be held on Thursday, March 31, and Friday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.