The Pirates of Penzance

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The Pirates of Penzance

Directed by Paige Fossheim with music direction by Stefanie Barnfather, choreography by Karen Iwanski, The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan runs at the Pumphouse Theatre from May 1 to 16, 2020.

For more information (including character descriptions), or to book an audition, visit, call 403.246.2999 or email

Strike up the band for one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most beloved operettas! The Pirates of Penzance combines whimsy, light-hearted satire and piratical characters with stirring music, including the iconic Major-General’s Song. This is the play that cemented the comic-pirate theme in popular culture, a theme that has lasted through more than a century and spawned countless movies and novels. Jam-packed with sentimental, swashbuckling pirates, a completely dotty Major General and a bumbling bunch of hopeless but hilarious policemen, what could possibly go wrong? To add to the topsy-turvy nature of G&S, Morpheus will be flipping the genders of all your favourite characters.

Open auditions for all roles will take place:

  • Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 7:00 – 9:30pm
  • Thursday, January 9, 2020, 7:00 – 9:30pm
  • Sunday, January 12, 2020, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Location: Morpheus Rehearsal Centre, Parkdale Community Centre (Lower level, 3512 5th Ave. NW)

Callbacks, if required, will take place on Tuesday, January 14, 202o, 7:00 – 10:00pm.

Audition Requirements:

  • A prepared song to highlight your vocal abilities (approximately two minutes long, not from The Pirates of Penzance).
  • Auditioners will need to provide their own music track. Please email your music at least 48 hours prior to your audition to It is recommended that you also bring your music on an MP3 player. Acapella auditions are also welcome.
  • A prepared comedic monologue to highlight your abilities (no more than two minutes in length).
  • A cold read may be requested.
  • You may be asked for a range check.
  • Please bring your resume and headshot to the audition.

Not a traditional actor? That is okay, get in touch with us and we will find a way for you to showcase what you have to offer.

Rehearsals will take place from January 26 through April 30, 2020. Rehearsals will be Sunday afternoons, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Morpheus Theatre requires that auditioners come prepared to commit to the rehearsal and performance schedule.

A poster for The Pirates of Penzance

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