Aug 2, 3, 4 and 8, 9, 10, 2019

Pirates of Penzance
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Libretto by W.S. Gilbert

Directed by Mark Wheeler


The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty is a comic opera in two acts. The opera's official premiere was in New York City on 31 December 1879, where the show was well received by both audiences and critics. 

The story concerns Frederic, who, having completed his 21st year, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates. He meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and the two young people fall instantly in love. Frederic soon learns, however, that he was born on the 29th of February, and so, technically, he has a birthday only once each leap year. His indenture specifies that he remain apprenticed to the pirates until his "twenty-first birthday", meaning that he must serve for another 63 years. Bound by his own sense of duty, Frederic's only solace is that Mabel agrees to wait for him faithfully.


Meet the director, Mark Wheeler
Mark Wheeler returns to Theatre in the Park after his directoral successes on the TIP stage with past productions such as Oliver!, Cats, and Jane Eyre, the musical.  

Mark’s local acting theater experiences include; Les Mis (MUNI/HCFTA), Leaving Iowa (TIP), Track Home (STC), Little Shop of Horrors (STC), Murder Mystery (STC), Pajama Game (TIP), Full Monty (STC), Rock Of Ages (STC) and directing Wedding Singer (STC).  Mark is a Personnel Officer 404th MEB, Illinois Army National Guard, in Central Illinois.


Thanks to all who auditioned!



The Pirate King - Phillip Heppe
Samuel, his Lieutenant - Eric Wheeler
Frederic - Nathaniel Ed
Ruth - Betsy Buttell
Mabel - Madeleine Richards
Edith - Emma Bachman
Kate - Lauren Smith
Isabel - Katie George
Sergeant of Police - James Wheeler

Rick Stewart
Mason Beltz
Kory Wall
Katie Steinhour
Caitlyn Simpson

General Stanley's Daughters:
Sarah Reisch
Amy Chase
Zoe Chase
Piper Chase

Angela Cooper
Patty Natale