The Wick Theatre Goes Very Modern with PIRATES OF PENZANCE

The Wick Theatre Goes Very Modern with PIRATES OF PENZANCEThe Wick Theatre in Boca Raton is proud to open their 2018-2019 season with the hilarious farce, The Pirates of Penzance. The Gilbert and Sullivan treasure returned to Broadway in 1981 under the direction of Joseph Papp and went on to win the Tony Award for "Best Revival." This adventurous tale with an enthralling love story is suited for buccaneers of all ages. The Wick production runs from October 18 through November 11, 2018. Tickets are $75-$85, www.TheWick.org or call the box office at 561-995-2333.

"The Pirates of Penzance is swashbuckling good time, filled with topsy-turvy plot twists and a brilliant score," said Marilynn A. Wick, Managing Executive Producer. "We are thrilled to be kicking-off our 6th season with this beloved family classic."

The comic musical's plot follows 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.

The brilliant nonsense is punctuated with beautiful songs including, "Climbing Over Rocky Mountains"; Mabel's gorgeous waltz entrance "Poor Wandering One"; the lilting duet "Oh, Leave Me Not To Pine"; the Major-General's patter song "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General" ; the ballad of the cowardly constables, "A Policeman's Lot Is Not a Happy One"; and the infectiously invigorating "Come Friends Who Plow the Sea."

The Wick's cast includes Clay Cartland at Frederic, Krista Buccellato as Mabel, Sean McDermott as the Pirate King and Michael Walters as the Major General. The production is directed and choreographed by Norb Joerder.

The Wick Theatre is located at 7091 N. Federal Highway Boca Raton, FL 33487

Cast bios:

Clay Cartland (Fredric) is psyched to be back at The Wick! Clay is a South Florida native and a proud recipient of both a Carbonell and three Silver Palm Awards. Other recent credits include: Rock of Ages, Peter and the Starcatcher, (Slow Burn Theatre Company), Gloria, and The Legend of Georgia McBride (Gablestage); 1776 (Palm Beach Dramaworks); First Date, and The Toxic Avenger (Actors' Playhouse); Passion, and Clark Gable Slept Here (Zoetic Stage). Clay is also a voiceover talent and teaches improv comedy.

Sean McDermott (Pirate King) starred On Broadway as Chris in Miss Saigon, Whizzer in Falsettos, Rusty in Starlight Express, Danny in Grease. He also starred as Billy Flynn in 42nd Street, Sam in Mamma Mia, Lawrence in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the title roles Jekyll and Hyde, Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Billy in Carousel among many others. Off Broadway he played Larry in the 1st revival of The Boys in the Band and re-created the famed role of Hannibal Lecter in Silence! The Musical. TV: Guiding Light, Desperate Housewives, Medium, Charmed. Sean was honored to be hand-picked by Barbra Streisand to sing alongside her on her European tour and is proud to have performed at Carnegie Hall with Bernadette Peters. He sang for the President of the United States on three separate occasions and has numerous recordings, all available on iTunes.

Michael L. Walters (Major General) is delighted to make his third appearance on the Wick stage! Michael appeared in the pre-Broadway production of The Honeymooners as Jackie Gleason at Papermill. A noted impersonator of Gleason and Dame Edna, He's appeared nationwide and internationally. Familiar to many Wick patrons, having appeared as a concert performer. Favorite roles include Tevye in Fiddler, Max in The Producers, Zaza in La Cage and many more

Krista Buccellato (Mabel) is twitterpated to be making her Wick Theatre debut with this wonderful company! Previous credits include: the national tours of Phantom of the Opera (Christine U/S), and Cathy Rigby Is: Peter Pan (Wendy). Regional: Sweeney Todd (Johanna, Fulton Theatre), 25th...Spelling Bee (Olive Ostrovsky, Lyric Stage Co.). Proud member of AEA. BFA Emerson College.

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