The pirates of penzance is a 'modern major musical' for shakespeare orange county

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Peter Uribe directs the company's debut musical adventure, September 10-29
GARDEN GROVE, CA. July 30, 2015 – The third major production of

Shakespeare Orange County


Summerfest 2015

is the great Gilbert and Sullivan favorite,

The Pirates of Penzance

Pirates of Penzance opens September 12, with performances Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. through September 26. There will be previews September 10 and 11. All seats are only $20.
All performances are in Garden Grove's Festival Amphitheater, located at 12762 Main St, Garden Grove. There is ample free parking available on the street and in a nearby lot. For information visit

or call 714-590-1575.
Gilbert and Sullivan's

Pirates of Penzance

is a romantic comic opera featuring wonderful wordplay and soaring scores. Having just reached his 21st birthday, Frederic has fulfilled his "contractual" obligations to the pirate band with which he has been working. The new freedom has opened his heart and he quickly finds his true love in Mabel, the Major General's daughter. No sooner are they swooning than the pirates reel him back on a technicality, arguing that, because he was born on February 29, a day added to the calendar every four years for leap year, he isn't really 21. He is ordered to stay with them. But the pull of freedom and yearnings for Mabel demand that love – and gallantry – must win out!

Peter Uribe

returns to direct after his successful staging of As You Like It.
"Shakespeare Orange County is continuing this milestone summer season with another bold step," said SOC Producing Artistic Director

John Walcutt

. "Pirates of Penzance is our first musical and provides the perfect opportunity for families throughout the Southland to experience live theater under the stars. With its setting along the rocky coast of England, Pirates is especially exciting when it's performed in an outdoor amphitheater like ours."
The principle cast is

Louis B. Jack

(Major-General Stanley),

Alex Bodrero

(The Pirate King),

Max Black

(Samuel, his Lieutenant),

Nikolai Fernandez


Phil Nieto

(Sergeant of Police),

Jenaha McLearn


Janelle Kester


Rebecca Frechette


Cynthia Aldrich

(Isabel), and

Krystin Bergamasco

(Ruth). Also appearing are Andrew Aguilar, Hayden Allcorn, Emma Becerra, Alfonso Echararria, Jackye Flores, Michael Drace Fountain, Deva Marie Gregory, Amethyst Hethcoat, Emily Hoffman, Zach Kanner, Jacob Lansberg, Jessica Odishoo, James Quesada, Kenzie Spooner, and Nicholas Thurkettle.
Uribe's production team is

Amelia Barron

(Choreographer/Assistant Director),

Jared Scott

(Music Director),

Maddison Walsh

(Production Stage Manager),

Mike Fountain

(Set and Lighting Designer),

Sean McMullen

(Costume Designer),

Ana Karina Hernandez

(Prop Mistress),

Dustin Tran

(Assistant Stage Manager),

Hayden Allcorn

(Production Assistant),

Faith De Jong

(Assistant Stage Manager), and



Kaden Cutler

(Spot Operators).

Tickets, Information, and Social Media

Pirates of Penzance opens September 12, with performances Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. through September 26. All seats are only $20, with discounts available for groups. There will be previews September 10 and 11.
Thanks to generous support from Macy's, SOC is offering two "rush ticket" programs to help make theatre affordable for everyone: On Fridays and Saturdays beginning at 7 p.m., "7 at 7" offers remaining seats for that night's performance for $7; and Thursdays are "Pay What You Want" for all remaining unsold seats one-half hour before curtain.
For tickets and information visit,

call the Box Office at 714-590-1575, or email

All performances are in the Festival Amphitheatre Main Stage located at 12762 Main St, Garden Grove, CA 92840. Free parking is available on the street and in the city parking lot on Acacia Parkway one block west of Main St.
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Peter Uribe

(Director), known by Orange County audiences for playing Jesus in nine consecutive annual productions of The Glory of Easter, is directing As You Like It for the first time, which brings him to the halfway point in his goal of acting in and directing every Shakespeare play. Mr. Uribe has a strong passion for creating rock operas and formed Luna C Productions with Bill Schultz. Their rock opera production of The Who's Quadrophenia received rave reviews in Los Angeles and led to a UK national tour. He has won LA Weekly Awards for Best Director and Production of the Year for Block Nine, produced by The Elephant. In addition to acting and directing Mr. Uribe loves to teach, mentoring the next generation of theatre artists. he has taught theatre at Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona (where he was co-founder of the Southern California Shakespeare Festival), Orange Coast College and the Orange County School of the Arts.

Amelia Barron

(Music Director/Assistant Director) has been teaching dance and musical theatre in Orange and L.A. Counties for the past 12 years. She is currently a faculty member at Orange County School of the Arts, South Coast Conservatory and McCoy Rigby Academy of Performing Arts. She attended the Orange County School of the Arts and Cal State University Fullerton. Amelia has been directing, choreographing and producing shows in Orange County for the past eight years. With shows at Orange Coast College, Orange County School of the Arts, Huntington Central Park and Grand Central Art Center. Most recently she helped launch Temptation!, an original musical adaptation with Peter Uribe. Amelia is also an accomplished vocalist and has had the privilege to study and work with some of the top names in musical theatre and jazz including Marvin Hamlisch (A Chorus Line), Matthew Morrison (Glee, Light in The Piazza), Susan Egan (Beauty and the Beast, Hercules), Danny Gurwin (A New Brain, The Scarlett Pimpernel) and Jeff Hamilton (The Jeff Hamilton Trio, Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra). She has been featured on a number of award winning albums and in music videos. She will also be choreographing SOC's upcoming Pirates of Penzance.

John Walcutt

(Producing Artistic Director) became Producing Artistic Director of Shakespeare Orange County (SOC) in 2014. He had previously appeared in the title role in Richard III, Cassius in Julius Caesar, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet among others. He has guest starred on nearly 200 films and TV shows including Academy Award winners such as Titanic, Little Miss Sunshine, Seabiscuit and Mulan. His recurring TV characters include drunk Tom Johnson on JAG, Wide Brim on Ghost Whisperer, Dennis Hopper’s whacked-out Doctor on Crash, and the time-traveling father of Jerry O’Connell in Sliders. His long theatre career includes work at most major American theatres. He is an award-winning Director, Screenwriter and Producer, and teaches a very popular On-Camera Acting Class in LA.
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