Sing Along with "Pirates of Penzance" at The Pasadena Playhouse

Published : Friday, December 22, 2017 | 2:06 PM

Pasadena Playhouse is presenting Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance,” as reimagined by Chicago theatre hooligans The Hypocrites, starting January 23 through February 18, 2018.

The wacky beach party — complete with flying beach balls, rubber duckies, ukuleles, banjos, plastic swimming pools, and a tiki bar — is guaranteed to bring the audience onstage for a night they won’t forget, says a Pasadena Playhouse announcement.

“Toss your worries overboard and join playful pirates, dewy-eyed damsels, bumbling bobbies and one very stuffy modern Major-General on stage,” the announcement said. “Find your inner pirate as Chicago theater rebels The Hypocrites bring this brilliantly zany adaptation of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic musical to LA for the first time, and you won’t want to miss out on the fun!”

“Pirates of Penzance” is adapted and directed by Sean Graney, who founded The Hipocrites in 1997, and co-adapted by Kevin O’Donnell, with music direction by Andra Velis Simon.

The play has just had a successful run in New York City with much critical acclaim, including being a New York Times Critic’s Pick. This time, The Hypocrites are set out to take over Pasadena with their irreverent and playful adaptation that celebrates the music of Gilbert and Sullivan.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious and hopeful farce follows the story of young Frederic, an orphan who has mistakenly been apprenticed to an ineffectual but raucous band of pirates, as he disavows the pirates’ way of life and falls for the beautiful Mabel.

For the play, the Pasadena Playhouse will be transforming the layout of the theatre for the first time in its history. The orchestra seats are being removed, and in its place there will be a deck, making the entire orchestra level of the theatre a playing area, with actors and audience sharing the space promenade style.

“Patrons will be surprised and delighted as they enter the Playhouse and see what an amazing (temporary) transformation it has undergone,” says Pasadena Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Danny Feldman. “In our 100 year history, no one has ever seen the Playhouse used in this way.”

The show’s scenic designer is Tom Burch. Maria DeFabo designed the props, Heather Gilberg took care of the lighting, and Kelvin O’Donnell is in charge of the sound design. Alison Siple takes care of costume design and the choreography is by Katie Spelman.

The cast includes Mario Aivazian, Eddie Curillo, Matt Kahler, Amanda Martinez, Dana Omar, Tina Munoz-Pandya, Doug Pawlik,, Shawn Pfautsch. Leslie Ann Sheppard and Lauren Vogel.

Tickets are now on sale at or by calling (626) 356-7529.






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