The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance

Book and Lyrics by Sir William Schwenck Gilbert

Music by Sir Arthur Seymour Sulllivan

with Millikin Chamber Orchestra & Opera Theatre 

In this new imagining of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic operetta, 'The Pirates of Penzance', our 'pirates' are members of a 50's biker-gang and are rebels without a cause. All of that changes when a young pirate apprentice meets the sorority girl of his dreams. This production is a collaboration between Millikin Opera Theatre, the Millikin Chamber Orchestra, and Millikin's School of Theatre and Dance. 

Performance Info

  1. Thursday, February 20th at 7:30pm
  2. Friday, February 21st at 7:30pm 
  3. Saturday, February 22nd at 7:30pm
  4. Sunday, February 23rd at 2:00pm
  • Location: Albert Taylor  Theatre - Shilling Hall

Ticket Info: 

Single ticket prices: $18 - $14
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Event Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 7:30pm to Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 2:00pm

Justin Daley - Pirate King

Junior Vocal Performance, Theatre Minor 

Mokena, IL

Justin Daley is a junior vocal Performance Major. He is ecstatic to stomp a few hogs as The Pirate King in this adaptation of ‘Pirates.’  Past credits include Larry in Company, Monostatos in ‘The Magic Flute,’ and featured soloist in ‘Sweeney Todd’.  He’d like to thank directors Ian Greenlaw and Mary Beth Sederberg for this wonderful opportunity.

Nicholas Orth - Fredrick 

Junior Vocal Performance

Orland Park, IL 

Nicholas has been involved in theatre throughout his life, where he has appeared as Danny in Grease, Freddy Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady, and Dr. Henry Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the production of Jekyll and Hyde.  He also sang the role of Bill in Samuel Barber’s A Hand of Bridge. Recently, Nicholas performed as Anthony Hope in the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival’s production of Sweeney Todd.  Before becoming involved in theatre, he studied the violin and trombone throughout junior high and high school, which greatly influenced his musical perspective and fueled his passion for the arts.  Following his undergraduate studies, he plans to continue studying Vocal Performance and Conducting in graduate school. He’d like to thank his Dad and Tim for all their support. 

Zach Scott - Pirate

First-year Acting

Evansville, IN

Zack Scott - Credits include The Diary of Anne Frank and Young Frankenstein (Evansville Civic Theatre); American Idiot, Shrek: The Musical, and Arcadia (D'Alto Studio of Performing Arts); White Christmas, Flowers for Algernon, and Curtains (Reitz Memorial High School); and Urinetown (Signature High School

Mary Cleary - Sorority Girl 

First-year Vocal Music Education 

St. Louis, MO 

Mary Cleary, a natural born performer, has participated in over a dozen theatre productions in her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. She’s been nominated for and won multiple awards through St. Louis organizations such as Arts For Life and the St. Louis High School Musical Theatre Awards. She's also received a gold rating at the Missouri State Solo and Ensemble contest and performed in the All-State Missouri Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Her favorite theatre roles to date have been Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Winifred in Once Upon a Mattress, and Ruth from Wonderful Town. She would like to thank her voice teacher Katie Kopff, all of the directors and performers who’ve been with her on this journey, and her crazy supportive family and friends who deal with all her dramas on and off stage. 



Logan Hanson - Pirate/Policeman

First-year Musical Theatre 

Washington, IO 

Logan is honored to make his debut to the Millikin stage as a freshman. Back home, he played a number of characters at Washington Community Theater, including Donkey in Shrek the Musical, Igor in Young Frankenstein, and Lefou in Beauty and the Beast. He would like to thank his family and friends for all their love and support as well as the cast and crew of Pirates of Penzance for a truly memorable and fun


Margot Frank - Mabel

Senior Musical Theatre 

Oak Park, IL

Margot Frank was recently seen in The Millikin Dance Concert 2019: Solstice. Past credits of hers include Maria in West Side Story (Encore Academy); Rapunzel in Into the Woods, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Charity in Anything Goes, and Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Oak Park and River Forest High School) 

Jaylen Rick - Sorority Girl 

Sophomore Vocal Music Education 

Fargo, ND 

Jaylen Rick has been involved with Hello, Dolly!, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid at Trollwood Performing Arts School. She has also appeared in Davies High School’s productions of The Three Musketeers, Cabaret, Oliver, Anything Goes, and The Man Who Came to Dinner. Other credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Side Show, Tarzan, Seussical, and Peter and the Starcatcher. Pirates of Penzance is Jaylen’s first production at Millikin. 

Katelyn Block - Kate

Sophomore Vocal Performance 

Justice, IL 

Katelyn Block is a sophomore, B.M. Vocal Performance major at Millikin University. Last school year, she was awarded third place in the 2018 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Central Region Competition in the Lower Classical Women’s category. This will Katelyn's debut on the Millikin stage portraying the role "Kate" in The Pirates of Penzance. This previous summer, Block made her debut at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival in Britten's Opera "A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, where she covered the role "Helena" and sang in the Fairy female quartet under the direction of Paul Floyd (LA Opera). 

Cydney M. Washington - Ruth 

Sophomore Vocal Performance

Oswego, IL 

Cydney is a versatile vocalist with a passion for music and performing. Some of her recent credits include: Ensemble in “The Flower of Hawaii” (Folks Operetta), Ronny in “Hair” (Millikin University), Participant in Young artists program at Hawaii Performing arts festival, Little Inez in "Hairspray" (Brightside Theatre), Women’s Choir Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall(2016), ILMEA All district Vocal Jazz 1(2017), Lovely Lady in "Les Miserables", Mrs. Fezziwig in" A Christmas Carol" (Spotlight Youth Theatre). She feels very Blessed and excited to take part in this opportunity and would like to thank God, Her Mom and her Family for always believing in her dreams.

Spencer Domer - Fredrick 

First-year Vocal Performance 

Alton, IL 

Spencer Domer is a recent graduate of Alton High School and a proud member of Thespian Troupe 126. Through high school he has had many memories through theatre/performance. He is a 2 time ‘Millikin Vocal Festival’ winner and finalist, a 2 time ‘Schmidt National Vocal festival’ winner and finalist, and a member of the Illinois honors choir. His most memorable theatrical performances came through Riverbend Theatre company, where he played Aldolpho in ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ and was nominated/won the best supporting character for his performance of Nicely-Nicely Johnson in ‘Guys and Dolls’ at the St. Louis Arts for Life awards. He would like to thank; Dayne Newberry, Eddie Hitchcock, his parents, and Kristi Doering.

Anneliese Reichart - Mabel 

Sophomore Musical Theatre, Dance Minor

York, PA 

Credits include: Ensemble in Sister Act (Millikin University); Cosette in Les Misérables (The Belmont Theatre); Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Sister Mary Robert in Sister Act, Wendy in Peter Pan (Central York Performing Arts); and Jane Banks in Mary Poppins (ACTS of Kindness Theatre Co.). Anneliese performed with the 2019 Triple Arts Company artistically directed by Terrence Man and Charlotte d’Amboise and has recorded a song in a Voice Acting Bootcamp with songwriters Kooman & Dimond. Anneliese would like to thank her family, friends, and loved ones for supporting her through it all, and she wishes for you to enjoy the show!

Logan Scalf - Pirate/Policeman

First-year Music Education Major 

Sandwich, IL 

Logan Scalf is a singer who enjoys studying music just as much as performing it.  He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's in Vocal Music Education at Millikin University.  This is Logan's first show outside of Sandwich High School, where he played Ralph in "HMS Pinafore," Tony in "The Boy Friend," Archibald in "The Secret Garden," and Sky in "Guys and Dolls."  On top of stage credits, Logan has enjoyed singing in many choral settings, including Millikin Men and Collegiate Chorale at Millikin University, the 2017 and 2018 ILMEA AllState Choirs, and the 2019 Honors Allstate Choir.  He would like to thank his family and every music and arts teacher he has had for constantly supporting him in his education.

Collin Ellsbury - Sergeant of Police

First-year Vocal Performance 

Fort Dodge, IA 

Collin Ellsbury is delighted to offer his Millikin stage debut to this wonderful Gilbert and Sullivan work. Throughout high school, Collin was a frequent collaborator with Des Moines Performing Arts through the televised Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards and its Triple Threat program. Most recently, Collin performed as Jamie Wellerstein in Fort Dodge Choral Society’s production of The Last Five Years during August 2019. Collin has a passion for both musical theater and opera so it seems fitting that this classic crossover work would be his college debut!

Hannah Maggy - Sorority Girl 

First-year Musical Theatre 

Birmingham, MI

Hannah Magy has recently performed in Ramah Stages’s productions of Beauty and the Beast, in the role of Belle, and The Little Mermaid, in the role of Ariel.  She has also played roles in Cranbrook Theatre productions, such as: CoCo in Zombie Prom and Maud Dunlop in The Music Man. Over the years Hannah has participated in shows in concert such as Once Upon a Mattress, Wicked, Mary Poppins, and Mama Mia. (MMTP Stage)   

Shannon Spangler - Sorority Girl 

First-year Vocal Performance 

Gibson City, IL 

Shannon Spangler is extremely excited to be performing in her first production at Millikin University. After 15 years of theatre experience, this is her first operetta/opera. Shannon is thrilled to be expanding her repertoire with a new medium. Her previous roles include; Mary Poppins in “Mary Poppins Jr.”, Adelaide in “Guys and Dolls”, Mrs. Potts in “Beauty and the Beast”, Paulett in “Legally Blonde”. She would like to thank her parents, ACT Theatre Company, the GCMS Music program, and the entire Millikin staff for getting her where she is today. 

Jacob Ziman - Pirate/Policeman

Sophomore Musical Theatre 

Aurora, IL 

Ahoy! Jacob is so excited to be making his Millikin main stage debut! Previous credits include Fiddler on the Roof (Paramount Theatre), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Paramount Theatre), Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd (IHSTF 2016), and Ensemble in Big Fish (IHSTF 2017). Shout out to his family and SAE. ARGHHH, Mateys, and enjoy the show. 

Alex Vidales - Samuel

Sophomore Vocal Performance 

Glendale Heights, IL 

Alex is a transfer student from College of Dupage, where he was apart of many choirs and percussion. He currently sings with the Collegiate Choir at Millikin University. Alex also participates in the acapella group “Dissonance” where he sings tenor and does vocal percussion. Alex hopes to pursue a career in opera in the future.

Julien Harris - Major General Stanley 

First-year Musical Theatre 

Bozeman, MT

Julien is excited to be back for his second semester of freshman year and to be making his main stage debut in Pirates of Penzance. He has had so much fun bringing the crazy  character of The Modern Major General to life and putting his own flare on the well known roll. He hopes you enjoy the show and have a good laugh. 

Cecilia Antonelle - Edith 

Sophomore Vocal Performance, Theatre Minor 

Hostville, NY 

Cecilia Antonelle is so excited to be playing Edith in Millikin University's Opera Production of "The Pirates of Penzance". Some of her past roles include Mrs. Nolan (The Medium), 1/3 Spirit Guides (Die Zauberflöte), Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd), Belle (Beauty and the Beast), and The Witch (Into The Woods). She has performed with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and was most recently a soloist in Millikin’s 61st Annual Vespers performance. Cecilia would like to thank her family for their incredible amount of love and support. 

Sydney Strader - Sorority Girl 

First-year Vocal Performance 

Indian Land, SC

Sydney Strader is a freshman vocal performance major at Millikin University. She has acted in multiple opera and musical scenes, but The Pirates of Penzance will be her first full-length show. Sydney is originally from South Carolina but came to Illinois to pursue a performance major in the hopes of one day becoming an opera singer. Sydney will be performing in Millikin’s upcoming opera scenes under the direction of Ian Greenlaw, where she will play the role of the Monitor in Puccini’s Suor Angelica.

Bryce Bayer - Pirate/Policeman/Choreographer 

Sophomore Musical Theatre 

Treasure Island, FL
Bryce Bayer most recently appeared in Millikin University's New Musical’s Workshop of Propaganda! The Musical and Solstice: A Concert of Dance last semester where he choreographed/danced in his own piece. On Millikin’s Mainstage, Bryce has been seen in Equinox: A Concert of Dance and swinging 9 to 5. Additional credits include: A Chorus Line, The Little Mermaid, Aida, Mamma Mia, and 42nd Street (The Muny). This is Bryce’s Millikin Mainstage choreography debut. Special thanks to his family, friends, and father, Rick Bayer.