The Young Victorian Theater Company begins its 45th season with the opening of “The Pirates of Penzance” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 11 at the Roland Park Country School’s (RPCS) Sinex Theater. Matinee performances will be held at 3 p.m. on two Sundays, July 12 and July 19. More performances will be held Thursday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 18 at 8:00 p.m. Up-to-date details on all performances can be found at the theater company’s website.
Young Vic, as it has come to be known over decades as Baltimore’s longest-running summer musical theater company, traces its roots to 1971.
Pirates of Penzance, a Gilbert & Sullivan comic opera, has been performed worldwide for more than a century. It tells the story of young Frederic, who has just turned 21 and is ready to leave his apprenticeship to a band of softhearted pirates. With his strong sense of duty, Frederic painfully declares that, once free, he must wipe out the gang of pirates–until a twist in the story threatens to keep him bound to the pirates for life. The production features beautiful music, a swaggering Pirate King, a stuffy Major-General, and a stumbling police force.
Josh Eflin plays Frederic. His performance credits include the role of Giovanni in La Hija de Rappacini; Jean, in Le Jongleur de Notre Dame; and Pluton in Orphee aux Enfers, all with the Florida State University Opera.
Andrew Adelsberger plays Major-General Stanley. Adelsberger performed with Young Vic as The Duke of Plaza-Toro in The Gondoliers and as Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore. He holds an M.A. in music from the University of Maryland and has performed extensively with the Maryland Opera Studio.
Soprano Kelly Curtin plays Mabel. Curtin recently made her Carnegie Hall debut as Pousette in Manon with New York Lyric Opera Theatre. Jaely Louise Chamberlain, an Australian native based in Washington who also performs regularly with the Maryland Opera Studio, joins Young Vic in the role of Edith. Jeffrey Williams, an accomplished opera singer at major venues along the East Coast including Miami and Baltimore, returns to Young Vic as the Pirate King.
Before the 3 p.m. matinee performance on Sunday, July 11 and the 3 p.m. closing performance on Sunday July 18, the Young Vic will bring back its free pre-performance lecture from Michael Blum, this year entitled “Burglars, Robbers or Thespians? – the Debatable Origins of The Pirates of Penzance.’ His lecture will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Michael Blum has directed, conducted, designed, produced or participated in more than 50 Gilbert & Sullivan productions, as well as musicals, plays, and operas. He is the former director of the Marjorie Lawrence Opera Theater and Opera on Wheels. A founding member of the Gilman Summer Theater in 1971, he was musical director and conductor of the Young Vic from 1976-78.
Tickets can be purchased at www.yvtc.org. On social media, search for “Young Victorian Theater Company on Facebook or @YVTCTheatre on Twitter.
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