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Drama Dock holds auditions for summer production of ‘Pirates of Penzance’

Drama Dock is holding auditions for its summer production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance,” a comic opera directed by Elizabeth Anthony.

The “light opera,” which means some dialogue and lots of singing, includes solo parts for soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, tenor/baritone and bass. There’s also a women’s chorus, “Blushing Buds of Ever-blooming Beauty” (although the director says they do not have to be “buds” but may be “full-blown roses”), and a men’s chorus.

The cast includes two boys and two girls between the ages of 10 to 14. All others must be over age 15, including the four chorus leads.

Auditions will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the McMurray Middle School’s band room. A pianist will be available to provide accompaniment.

“Pirates of Penzance,” which opened in 1879, was Gilbert and Sullivan’s fifth collaboration and includes the often-parodied “Major General’s Song.”

Performances will be held July 13 to 22. Contact Gaye Detzer at or 567-5193 for more information.


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