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'Pinafore' sailing into Rogers City

April 19, 2012
The Alpena News

Rogers City Community Theatre is presenting a new original musical titled "R.C.T. Pinafore." Show dates are April 20-22 and April 27-29.

Many people are familiar with the famous Gilbert & Sullivan comic opera, "H.M.S. Pinafore." They are in for a pleasant surprise when they come to the Rogers City version of the classic, directed by Karl W. Heidemann.

This rollicking new musical uses Sullivan's great score (which is in the public domain and free of copyright restrictions) and replaces Gilbert's libretto with all new lyrics and an original story rewritten for the present time and place. While all the individual names from the original have been preserved, the characters all take on entirely different personalities. Some completely new characters have been added to round out the hilarity.

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The cast for “R.C.T. Pinafore” is ready for opening night, Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Rogers City Theatre.

The original comic opera was a satire on politics, pompous public officials and the Victorian system of class distinction. It is all great fun, but slightly dated for our modern times.

The Rogers City version freshens up the satire to gently poke fun at the local area and customs, as well as local government officials. It even mocks musical theater in general, several of the local area theatres in particular, and especially the Rogers City Community Theatre itself.

"This show is so much fun," said Heidemann, who also wrote the new lyrics and story line. "The cast is great. We keep adding more laugh lines. It is truly a collaborative effort, with everyone contributing to the comedy. We are also very lucky to have Meghan Riordan as music director. She has been amazing in teaching Sullivan's fast and tricky melody lines to the cast. Thanks to her coaching, they can really spit those words out."

The principal characters are played by Mike Marx, Meghan Riordan, Robert Starnes IV, Nicole Grulke, Karl W. Heidemann, Pennie Kelly, Lawrence Anderson, Andrea Schulwitz, Ed Perrault, Denise Perrault and Charlotte Heidemann. Playing the parts of the grandkids are Salena Heidemann, Bradley Heidemann and Ava Kelly.

Appearing as the Techie Quintet will be Bob Centala, Gene Modrzynski, Larry Syrett, Robert Starnes IV and Heidemann. Rounding out the ensemble are Theresa Gibson, Jenifer Geyer, Elaine Heidemann and Alison Marx.

Show times for "R.C.T. Pinafore" are Friday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Tickets are always available at the door one hour prior to show time. Rogers City Theatre is has a large, handicap-friendly auditorium with plenty of seats. Advance tickets are available at the Presque Isle Advance office, Rogers City Area Chamber of Commerce and the theater box office.

Ticket prices are $10 for general admission, $9 for seniors (ages 60 and up) and $6 for all students. For more information, call 734-3861.



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