Grosse Pointe Theatre Opens 70th Anniversary Season with THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

Grosse Pointe Theatre Opens 70th Anniversary Season with THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

The swashbuckling adventure! The fabulous fun! The rollicking romance! Everything you want in a musical! Grosse Pointe Theatre will open its historic 70th season with the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance. The eight performance runs starts on September 17th at the University Liggett School Auditorium, 1045 Cook Road, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.

Set sail with our band of hapless, sentimental buccaneers, bumbling British bobbies, frolicsome Victorian maidens, and the delightful "model of a modern Major-General" for a rollicking romp on the rocky coast of Cornwall. This hilarious, hopeful face follows young Frederic, an orphan mistakenly apprenticed to an ineffectual but raucous band of pirates. Together they invade England's favorite holiday spot with chaotic results. This uproarious comedy boasts the beauty. wit, and whimsy of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic score. CLICK HERE to take a behind-the-scenes look at "The Pirates of Penzance"

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at or by calling the Grosse Pointe Theatre Box Office at 313-881-4004. Parking at University Liggett School is free and complementary valet will be available for all patrons.


A very talented cast includes Ron Bernas (Grosse Pointe Woods) as The Pirate King, Ron Otulakowski (Eastpointe) as the Major General, David Roberts (Grosse Pointe Park) as Frederick, Maggie Bickerstaff (Grosse Pointe Shores) as Mabel, Diane Schoff (Grosse Pointe Woods) as Ruth, Zack Coates (Detroit) as the SERGEANT, Erica Clarke (Warren) as Kate, Sarah Seely (Hazel Park) as Edith, Emilio Garcia (Grosse Pointe Park) as Samuel and Campbelle Stencel as Isabelle. The ensemble includes Amber Fullmer (Ferndale), Andrew Hallam (Grosse Pointe Woods), Danielle Vogler (City of Grosse Pointe), Eddie Tujaka (Grosse Pointe Farms), Elyse Tzzia (Grosse Pointe Farms), Emma Huber (Grosse Pointe Farms), GorDon Richardson (Grosse Pointe Park), Hazel Lyman (Grosse Pointe Woods), Katie Loporto (Grosse Pointe Woods), Kitty Clark (Harper Woods), Sam Smith (Grosse Pointe Park), Sophie Leszczynski (Grosse Pointe Woods), Steve Elmore (Clinton Township), and Trevor Sherry (Clinton Township).


The crew includes: Director Rachel Settlage (Grosse Pointe Park), Producer Bruce Maters (City of Grosse Pointe), Stage Managers Kathleen Lusk (Detroit) and Beth Teagan (Grosse Pointe Woods), Music and Vocal Director Ellen Skinner Bowen (Grosse Pointe Park), Set Designer and Technical Director Justin Hawley (Grosse Pointe Park), Choreographer Allison Roberts (Grosse Pointe Woods), Costumes by Arlene Schoenherr (St. Clair Shores), Erin Getzin (Harrison Township), Accompanist is Bob Foster (Grosse Pointe Farms), Hair and Makeup by Donna DiSante (Grosse Pointe Farms), Props and Set Dressing by Gretchen Archinal (Grosse Pointe Woods), Sound Design by Paul Gonzalez (Grosse Pointe Park), Lighting Design by Tom Archinal (Grosse Pointe Woods).


GPT's 70th anniversary season will continue in December with wartime holiday favorite The 1940's Radio Hour performed at University Liggett School Auditorium December 3 - 16. The Tony-Winning stage comedy Peter and the Starcatcher come to Pierce Auditorium January 21 - February 3. The Purdon Studio Theatre, the black box arm of GPT will present the provocative Other Desert Cities at Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church February 15 - 25, The Mad Men meets musical comedy: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying will be performed at Pierce Auditorium March 11 -24. The 70th Season concludes with the Broadway blockbuster 42nd Street June 17 - 30, 2018 at the Christian A. Fenton Performing Arts Center at Grosse Pointe North High School.

About Grosse Pointe Theatre
Grosse Pointe Theatre is a community theatre whose purpose is to engage and enrich the community by continuing a tradition of exceptional theatrical experiences. Membership is open to all persons over age 18 with an interest in the performing arts. Grosse Pointe Theatre is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization and donations are tax deductible. For more information about season tickets, sponsorship opportunities, membership or other ways to get involved, visit or call 313-881-4004.

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