Pirates of Penzance
March 25-29, Wednesday-Saturday 7p.m, Sunday 2pm
In Partnership with Haack Orthodontics, Jason DeRousseau & ReMax Advantage
Book by Sir William Schwenck Gilbert
Music by Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan
Lyrics by Sir William Schwenck Gilbert
Are you ready for a little “comic opera”? Last year Northern Star Theatre’s TeensOnStage partnered with the Northern Lakes Regional Academy to tackle “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in it’s original Shakespearean format. This year the collaboration continues as they have set their sights on a classic opera first performed in 1879. So what’s the attraction with “The Pirates of Penzance” beyond the “elegant diction” of W.S. Gilbert, the rousing music of Arthur Sullivan, the “bevy of beautiful daughters”, and the bumbling, fumbling constables? Swords, of course!
Back L-R: Pirate King (Craig Louis), Ruth (Maggie Klonowski), The Major General Segeant (Michael Lindau), Sergeant of the Constabulary (Gary Haack); Front:Frederic ( Mitch Dvorak,Mabel (Kiera Stager)
Join us March 25-29 as Northern Star Theatre Co. presents in partnership with Haack Orthodontics, Jason DeRousseau and Re-Max, for lots of comedy, singing and sword fighting as more than four dozen teens bring Gilbert and Sullivan’s much enjoyed “The Pirates of Penzance or The Slave to Duty” to life. On the “billowy waters” off the coast of Cornwall meet Frederic (Mitchell Dvorak) who is celebrating the end of his apprenticeship to the fierce Pirates of Penzance led by the dashing Pirate King (Craig Louis). Although the apprenticeship was made in error by his nursemaid Ruth (Maggie Klonowski), Frederic has grown to love the pirates. He is set ashore where he immediately abandons forty-seven year old Ruth for the lovely young ladies he meets. Being proper young ladies, they all refuse to help a single young man except for Mabel (Keira Stager). They are interrupted by the unexpected arrival of the pirates who decide they will kidnap all the daughters and “marry them with impunity”. The daughters are rescued by their adopted father, Major General Stanley (Michael Lindau) who claims he is an orphan. Since the pirates refuse to take action against orphans (“we are orphans ourselves”), General Stanley and his daughters go free.
The General begins to regret his “elegant fiction” of lying to the pirates; in the meantime the Pirate King and Ruth have found a loophole in the contract between Frederic and the Pirates. They appeal to Frederic’s “sense of duty”, and he regretfully tells Mabel he must rejoin the pirates. Meanwhile the constabulary has been called and The Sergeant (Garry Haack) arrives with his company of constables to confront the pirates. This leads to much screaming and shouting, clashing of swords and night sticks, and general mayhem. To learn how Frederic’s dilemma is resolved and everyone achieves a happy ending, make your reservation with NSTC either online (www.northernstartheatre-co.org) or call in your reservation at 715-736-4444. Tickets are $14 and all seats are reserved. Performance time Wednesday-Saturday is 7 p.m. and the final performance on Sunday, March 29 is at 2 p.m.
Other cast members include the pirates: Paul Adams, Caleb Anderson, Tyler McBain, Matt Birhle, Jonothan Dobosz, Trenton Hom, Logan Jilek, Lucas LaVick, Bennett McCann, and Dillon Shepherd. The General’s lovely daughters include Hannah Farm, Anna Hamner, Bethany Johnson, Kate Louis, Melody Morse, Maeve Myers, Chelsea Pumala, Arianna Rataj, Teagan Stager, Becca Swanson, and Isabel Thurston. The constables are played by Jaquon Amick, Arsen Crisler, Michael Duerkop, Illeana Flores, Lorelei Jilek, Anna Johnston, Emily Kay, Rosemarie Olson, Gavin Orson, Stephanie Schissel and John Zook.
The incredibly creative students and teachers at Northern Lakes Regional Academy have created the set for the pirate ship, the coastline of Penzance, and the General’s castle. Costume goddess Pattye Miller and her magical assistant Amy Adams provide the late 19th century look. Lighting design is the courtesy of visionaries Nicolle and Christopher Orson; sound engineering the work of multi-talented Amy Myers. Maestro Jim Hurst directs the orchestra that features a combination of accomplished student and adult musicians: Ethan Anderson, Adam Bever, Sam Brunclik, John Marushka, Terri Morse, Aimee Pashby, Tammy Roberg and Clay Steiner.
Tickets can be purchased online here on our website – see the link to that on the bottom portion of this page or by calling (715) 736-4444 and leaving the requested information. Bob’s Bistro is open 1 hour before show time for light suppers, beverages and dessert – the Bistro menu can also be found on the NSTC website. NSTC’s 2015 Season Tickets will still be available until the end of the run of this show. $75 for 6 shows, and “Pirates of Penzance” is included! Enjoy an entire year of theatre excellence! NSTC is located in beautiful downtown Rice Lake, fully air-conditioned and handicapped accessible.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
April 30, May 1, 3,7,8, & 10 Thursday & Friday 7pm, Sunday 2pm
“In Partnership With Edward Jones: Robert Berger & Mark Berger”
By Christopher Durang
Nominated for six Tony Awards, Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is one of the most lauded and beloved Broadway plays of recent years. Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, but their peace is disturbed when their movie star sister Masha returns unannounced with her twenty-something boy toy, Spike. A weekend of rivalry, regret, and raucousness begins.
June 23-28, Tuesday-Saturday 7pm, Sunday 2pm
In Partnership with the Rice Lake Chronotype
By Dan Goggin
In late June the little sisters of Hoboken return in “Nunsense Amen” where five talented gentlemen play the hapless sisters in their endless effort to raise money. The show is a fund raiser put on by the Little Sisters of Hoboken to raise money to bury sisters accidently poisoned by the convent cook, Sister Julia (Child of God). This zany musical has been up dated with new jokes, additional lyrics, two new arrangements and a brand new song.
Fiddler On The Roof
August 12 ,13, 14, & 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, & 23
Wednesday-Saturday 7pm, Sunday 2pm
ONE Saturday performance 8/23.
In Partnership with Dairy State Bank
Book by Joseph Stein
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Based on Sholem Aleichem’s stories by special permission of Arnold Perl
August features the winner of 9 Tony awards when it debuted in 1964-“Fiddler on the Roof”. Patrick Liedl will reprise his role as Tevye, the milkman tries to protect his daughters and his way of life from a changing world. Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Classic songs everyone will recognize “Sunrise, Sunset”, “Traditions”, Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler On The Roof’s universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.
The Addams Family Musical
October 22-25, 29, 30, 31 & November 1
“Partnership to be announced”
Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on Characters Created by Charles Addams
Just in time for Halloween, Northern Star tries something new with “The Addams Family”, a musical that features the family you remember from TV – the dashing Gomez, the elegant Morticia, Uncle Fester, Wednesday, Pugsley, Grandma, Lurch and even Cousin Itt. Join us in your favorite Halloween costume and celebrate this creep, crawly season! Treats for all who come in costume!
A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas
December 9-13, Wednesday-Saturday 7pm, Sunday 2pm,
In Partnership with Johnson Bank
By Laurie Brooks
Close out the year and begin your holidays in December with “A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas”, a show the whole family will enjoy. We invite you to re-visit the much beloved Laura and her family and experience more pioneer adventures with them.