MSUToday
Published: Nov. 17, 2011

MSU Opera Theatre presents ‘Pirates of Penzance’

Contact(s): Meghan Spork University Relations Student Writer cell: (248) 250-3743 meghan.spork@ur.msu.edu

"It's a very silly story about a group of pirates who aren't very good pirates," said Melanie Helton.

Helton is an associate professor of voice, the director of the MSU Opera Theatre and producer and stage director of "Pirates of Penzance." Helton calls the show a really silly, but wonderful story.

This is the first main role for many of the production's performers. Helton believes this show is perfectly suited because these are roles that are appropriate for young singers.
"It's relatively easy to sing, but at the same time the music is very spritely and filled with great melodies," she said.

David Moul, a second-year vocal performance and music education major, plays Samuel, the pirate king's right hand man in the production.

Moul said his favorite part of the show is the opportunity to use physical comedy in the show and have a lot of fun with it.

Performances are for one weekend only at the Fairchild Theatre: 8 p.m. Nov. 18 and Nov. 19, and 3 p.m. Nov. 20.

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Melanie Helton and David Moul talk about MSU Opera Theatre's "Pirates of Penzance."

Melanie Helton and David Moul talk about MSU Opera Theatre's "Pirates of Penzance."

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