The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players opted to present Pirates after protests over a planned production of The Mikado.
NYGASP veteran David Wannen returns as the Pirate King opposite James Mills and Stephen Quint in the double-cast role of pattering Major-General Stanley. Also double cast are tenors Daniel Greenwood and Carter Lynch as the pirate apprentice Frederic.
Also featured: soprano Sarah Caldwell Smith (Mabel), David Auxier (Sergeant of Police), alto Angela Christine Smith (Ruth), David Macaluso (Samuel), mezzos Erika Person and Amy Maude Helfer (Edith and Kate, respectively), and Laura Sudduth (Isabel).
Original choreography is by Bill Fabris will be adapted by co-director and current company choreographer David Auxier, sets by Lou Anne Gilleland, lighting by Benjamin Weill, and costumes by Gail J. Wofford. Artistic Director Albert Bergeret directs and conducts the cast and orchestra as he has for more than 40 years.
Each season NYGASP offers several special family-friendly events: Family Overture Series (preceding the Dec. 27 and 30 matinees) Families are invited to a free musical introduction and plot summary.
Savoy Dialogue (following the Dec. 26 evening performance) Discourse about all matters G&S with members of the NYGASP cast and artistic staff.
Bring Your Grandparents Day (Dec. 30) A pre-show Family Overture (1:45 PM in the theater) and a backstage tour featuring the character of your choice following the performance.
New Year's Eve Gala(Dec, 31) Intermission champagne, and an invitation to the cast party following the performance.
To order tickets, call NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts Box office at (888) 611-8183, or visit NYGASP.org.