Lakeland’s Harrison School for the Arts presents “Pirates of Penzance”

In years past musicals like “Singing in the Rain”, “Starting Here, Starting Now” and the “King and I” brought exhilaration and a full house to Lakeland’s Harrison School for the Arts theatre. This year, despite the ongoing construction at the school, the show must go on and you will be astonished by the exceptional talents these High School kids from departments such as musical theater, music, dance, orchestra and theater departments, showcase.

For the next two weeks, students from the Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts will present this fanatical rendition of “The Pirates of Penzance” by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.

The raucous operatic tale of a young pirate apprentice named Frederic who decided to leave the pirate life forever. Feeling obliged, however, to point out the pirates’ weakness being too softhearted. Apparently, all a captive must do is claiming to be an orphan and he is immediately released. Frederic, who has never seen any woman other than his partially deaf nurse, Ruth, stumbles upon a group of beautiful maidens and immediately falls in love with the Major General Stanley’s daughter Mabel. Soon thereafter, the pirates arrive and want to marry the rest of the Major General’s daughters. While the Major General Stanley recruits help from the police to stop the pirates, Frederic offers to help Stanley and the police to protect the ladies but soon realizes being torn by his slavery to duty under the swashbuckling Pirate King.

The show will be presented in the spirit of satire that Gilbert and Sullivan were known for, while at the same time, giving a contemporary audience an opportunity to enjoy the wit and style of slapstick and tongue and cheek hilarity. This production of Pirates leaps into the audience’s seats as a boisterous romp full of high spirit with sword fights and hilarity that makes an evening at the theatre enjoyable.

Meet the cast members:

Frederic is played by Dereck Seay 12th Grade

Mabel is played by Siobhan Gale 11th Grade

Ruth’s role is played by Caitlin Knowles 12th Grade

Sergeant of the Police is played by Skyler Knopp 11th Grade

Major General Stanley is played by Brendan Troost 12th Grade

The Pirate King is played by Britt Michael Gordon 11th Grade

Isabel is played by Olivia Williams 12th Grade

Edith is played by Alexis Ripley 12th Grade

Kate is played by Amelia Marler 11th Grade

Samuel is played by Tyler Campbell 12th Grade

Photos were taken and provided by Andy Glogower

Performances: October 24, 25, 31, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. – October 26, November 2 at 2:00 p.m. ****Reserved Seating****

Ticket prices: $10.00 for student/seniors – $15.00 for adult ticket

Box Office hours: October 21st through October 23rd & October 27th through October 30th – 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

October 24th & October 31st 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

October 25th & November 1st 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

October 26th & November 2nd 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Purchase Tickets online at

Prior to the opening night of Pirates of Penzance, the Visual Arts Department will hold their Visual Arts Reception themed, “Stars, Stripes and Polka Dots” on October 24, 2008 at 6:00 p.m.

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Lakeland’s Harrison School for the Arts presents “Pirates of Penzance”

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Lakeland Community Theater presents the musical “Godspell”

Have you seen a performance by the Lakeland Community Theater lately?


Here is a tidbit – little history – about one of Lakeland’s finest art group. A group of Lakeland citizens approached the City of Lakeland in 1985 to develop a children’s theater known as Pied Piper Players. Since then, the repertoire, such as Grease, The Fiddler on the Roof and The Sound of Music has vastly expanded and with the 2007/2008 season the name was changed to “Lakeland Community Theater.” The theater is a non-profit organization and has over 800 volunteers participate throughout the year. Events, such as main stage productions, theatre for youth series and classes are being attended by over 19,000 people. The talent that this Lakeland Community Theater provides is immensely.


You Don’t Want to Miss this – Lakeland Community Theater is proudly presenting “Godspell”

Godspell presented by Lakeland Community Theater

Godspell presented by Lakeland Community Theater

Godspell is an old word for Gospel. The music is written by Steven Schwartz who wrote Children of Eden and Wicked. The show is based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew. It features a group of young people (16 cast members). In this modernized version they are all gathered in an urban alleyway with their leader Jesus.

He tells them stories (the parable) which they act out including The Good Samaritan and The Prodigal



Son. The show is packed with great songs and hysterically funny reenactments of the parables. There is also a wonderful scene based on Stomp! Where they all play instruments found on the street like trash can lids, car engines and oil barrels. As the story progresses Jesus is betrayed by Judas Iscariot and is crucified. This is a very moving part of course. At the end Jesus is resurrected and they all sing Long Live God.

Some great parts such as Benedict’s song – “All Good Gifts” which is a Gospel type song and very good, and “By My Side” sung by Meaghan McGowan which is a folk type ballad, it’s really lovely too. The show is very bright and colorful; the cast are full of energy and are excellent singers and dancers. It is certainly a great evening’s entertainment. 

Photos were taken by Jeff Luty and being used with his permission

Meet The Cast: Daniel Ballard, Rae Bartley, Jerrel Burton, Dean Cantu, Marta Cavana, Seth Cox, Benedict Heaps, Meaghan McGowan, Carly Nix, Leslie Redman, Grant Reynolds, Kristi Robinson, Harry Russo, Drew Sebastian, Noelle Stewart, and Joe Strickland III.

Director is Alan S. Reynolds, Musical Director is Patrick Fleitz and Choreographer is Laurie Wood. 

Performances are from July 10th-27th. Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 7:30pm and Sunday @ 2pm at the Lake Mirror Theatre.  Adult Tickets are $20 and $10 students 18 and under. The Lake Mirror Theatre is located on historic Lake Mirror at 121 S. Lake Ave.


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Harrison School for the Arts, Lakeland, FL – Pride and Prejudice

Harrison School for the Arts of Lakeland, FL presents:

Theatre   Pride and Prejudice

I want to talk about a High School that is near and dear to my heart. In 1989 Harrison Arts Center opened its doors to 154 students. It is the only High School in Polk County with a strong emphasis in the arts program. Students currently enrolled majoring in their field of Music, Dance, Theatre, Musical Theatre, and Visual Arts. These students take their General Education Classes at Lakeland High School.

Harrison School for the Arts proudly presents the east coast premiere of Marcus Goodwin’s adaptation of Jane Austin’s famous novel, Pride and Prejudice. The public performances will tale place on February 28th, 29th, and March 1st at 7:30 p.m. and March 2nd at 2:00 p.m. There is limited seating for this event. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for students and senior citizens. You may purchase your tickets on-line at Harrison School for the Arts web site.

One of the world’s first romantic comedies casts its eye upon the society of the landed gentry in 19th century England. The story revolves around the five marriageable daughters of the Bennett family. When Mr. Darcy arrives to live in the area, the Bennett family is quick to spot ideal husband material. Elizabeth, one of the five Bennett sisters, does not take kindly to Mr. Darcy until her opinion of him changes and she falls in love.

I hope, I will see you there as I will be selling tickets in the Box Office for Harrison School for the Arts. Enjoy the performance!