Set Sail with the Swashbuckling Musical Comedy THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, JR, 5/26 - 6/17

Set Sail with the Swashbuckling Musical Comedy THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, JR, 5/26 - 6/17Sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers, dewy-eyed daughters and an eccentric Major-General are just a few of the characters dropping anchor at the corner of Franklin and First in Historic Downtown Clarksville.

The Roxy Regional School of the Arts presents Gilbert and Sullivan's swashbuckling musical comedy THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, JR. at the Roxy Regional Theatre, May 26 through June 17.

Packed full of absurd adventures and improbable paradoxes, Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera follows the story of Frederic (Patrick Long), a pirate's apprentice who falls head-over-heels in love with Mabel (Lauren Mund), the daughter of Major-General Stanley (Tanner Sigears). Frederic is due to be released from his apprenticeship on his 21st birthday, but there's a snag. Born on February 29th, Frederic discovers that he is technically still a youngster. Although very much in love, his dedication to duty is unshakeable. Can he find a way to live happily-ever-after with Mabel?

Based on the classic operetta by Sir William Schwenck Gilbert and Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, JR. has been adapted by the Roxy Regional Theatre and is directed by Ryan Bowie, with choreography by Emily Rourke, music direction by Lacey Connell, technical direction by Samantha Hodson and accompaniment by Matthew McNeill. The cast and crew features thirty-four talented local youth, ages 10 to 18: Madison Blackmon, Jesse Boyle, Bella Cargill, Adianna Cervantes, Kourtni Cottrell, Caleb Crosby, Marlon Cuevas, Lorraine Cutting, Ava DoVanne, Sebastian Fenton, Brady Gerlach-Brown, Hayden Gilbreath, Ehma Herrera, Jasmine Holmes, Summer Johnston, Macee Lewis, Patrick Long, Scotty McDaniel, Sylvia Mendiola, Rebecca Morrison, Lauren Mund, Julia Owen, Emma Petrie, Michael Phillips, Kayla Pickett, Millie Rice, Lillie Rich, Aidan Sartor, Josh Shellenberger, Tanner Sigears, Chayson Smith, Katie Stafford, Paris Taylor and Sarah Wilson.

Performances run May 26 through June 17 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 6:00pm, with 2:00pm matinees on June 3, 10 and 17.

Friday, May 26, is the traditional pay-what-you-can preview of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, JR. All tickets not pre-sold at the regular ticket price will go on sale at 5:30pm that evening for a $5 minimum donation.

On Saturday, June 3 and June 17, patrons are invited to a "Pirate Party!" before the matinee. The party starts at 12:30pm with lunch across the street at Edward's Steakhouse (107 Franklin Street), pirate-themed arts and crafts, and photos with the cast. Tickets are $40 for the package, which includes the 2:00pm performance of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, JR. All children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, JR. is made possible in part through the generous support of Melinda Kelly-Major.

Tickets are $15 and may be reserved online at www.roxyregionaltheatre.org, by phone at (931) 645-7699, or at the theatre during regular box office hours (9:00am to 2:00pm, Monday through Friday, and one hour prior to curtain). Military, APSU students and CitySaver coupon holders can receive two tickets for the price of one to Wednesdayand Thursday performances during the run.

The Roxy Regional Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to producing professional live theatre and promoting the arts, with emphasis on education, in Clarksville, Middle Tennessee and the Southeast. The theatre is located at 100 Franklin Street in Historic Downtown Clarksville. For more information, visit www.roxyregionalthreatre.org.

Photo: "Lauren Mund and Patrick Long star as Mabel and Frederic in the Roxy Regional School of the Arts production of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, JR. at the Roxy Regional Theatre, May 26 - June 17"

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