• Pirates of Penzance

    Behind the Pirates…

    by Shelley Graham, dramaturg In the program for Highlights from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, we include a short study guide to learn more about our production team’s perspective on creating this unique show. You can download that guide here:PenzanceStudyGuide. And because the sound design and audio engineering were essential to this production’s success, I reached out to our audio engineer, Troy Sales, to see what his thoughts were on the process.  Here is what Sales had to say about this experience. One of the challenges was to efficiently record the whole cast, 4 or less people at a time. My goal was to help them sound like they…

  • 2020-2021 Season,  Pirates of Penzance

    A Pirate Slideshow

    by Shelley Graham, dramaturg   Often one of the dramaturg’s major responsibilities is to help the cast and production team understand and truly live in the world of the play. Because of the condensed timeline for this show, there was a dramaturgy presentation as part of the first rehearsal. The cast was given some basic information about Gilbert and Sullivan’s history and a quick primer on theatre in the Victorian era, and that was it! The rest of the historical context, visual image research, and production history was available to the cast as part of an online learning module that they could access outside rehearsal time. But as we moved…

  • 2020-2021 Season,  Pirates of Penzance

    The Pirate Process from the Performer’s Perspective

    by Shelley Graham, dramaturg Each performer in this production had a unique opportunity to create a character in ways we’ve never tried before. Such singular opportunities bring with them challenges. I reached out to our performers in the middle of blocking and choreography rehearsals, to see what they thought about the process. Here’s what a few of them had to say.   One of the challenges I’ve experienced with this production is the need to exactly replicate every inflection in my dialogue. People speak and inflect the same words differently in different contexts, on different days, and for endless reasons. Because we recorded the audio before filming, the challenge was…