Pirates of Penzance


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March 23, 24, 25* 30 & 31

Mainstage Opera Production


Pirates of Penzance Cast Bios and Synopsis

Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious, hopeful farce follows young Frederic, an orphan who has mistakenly been apprenticed to an ineffectual but raucous band of pirates. He disavows the pirates’ way of life and falls for the beautiful Mabel.

Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30PM. Sunday matinees are at 2:00PM*.

Ticket prices are $21/Adults, $16/Seniors & Military, and $10/Students.

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About the director:

Jeffrey Grant Kitto was most recently seen creating the role of Manus Duggan in the world premiere of No Greater Love in Butte, Montana. Before that, he performed the roles of Calaf in Turandot for the Rimrock Opera, Don Jose in Carmen’s Tragedy (as well as directing) for the Nova Center for the Performing Arts, and Frederic in Pirates of Penzance for The Glacier Symphony. Previous recent engagements include The Duke in Rigoletto, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly , Ferrando in Cosi fan Tutte, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Don Jose in Carmen, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore, and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. Jeffrey has most recently performed with the Mendocino Summer Festival Opera, Intermountain Opera, Spokane Opera, Montana Lyric Opera, Oregon Lyric Opera, the Great Falls Symphony, the Glacier Symphony, and the Helena Symphony.

A multiple recipient of The Metropolitan Opera Auditions National Council Awards as well as a past winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award, Mr. Kitto completed his bachelor’s degree in music from Montana State University.

Jeffrey’s concert experience includes engagements with the Blue Lake Symphony in Michigan, Northwest Symphony, Glacier Symphony, Billings Symphony, Spokane Opera, Helena Symphony, Sweet Pea Summer Festival, and Great Falls Symphony among others. His most recent work includes Haydn’s Mass in Time of War, Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass, Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia and 9th Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana, J.S. Bach’s Actus Tragicus, Ralph Vaughn Williams Hodie, and Spokane Opera’s “Hot August Night” concert series. Jeffrey was a founding member of national recording artists, The Clintons, with whom he performed, toured, and helped release four albums including the release of the album “Who Invited Roger” which was met with independent acclaim throughout the northwest.