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Metro Parks Newsroom

Iroquois Amphitheater Presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance

Friday July 19, 2013

Iroquois Amphitheater is proud to present Gilbert & Sullivan’s comedic operetta The Pirates of Penzance August 8–17. The story of young love, a band of pirates, giggling maidens and their Major-General father make up the charming plot of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most popular work.

The Pirates of Penzance cast is comprised of some of Louisville’s most versatile actors, singers and musicians and patrons may recognize familiar faces from last season’s H.M.S. Pinafore. This production is directed by the co-founder of Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble, Gregory Maupin, with local musician Scott Anthony as Music Director and Robert McFarland as choreographer. Lead roles are filled by Tony Pursley as Frederic and Abigail Maupin as Mabel. John Youngblood, a Kentucky Opera chorus regular, takes the stage as the “very modern” Major-General.

“After the fun and success of last year’s H.M.S. Pinafore, we knew we wanted to bring Greg back and another hit from the amphitheater’s early days made perfect sense,” said amphitheater manager, Mike Slaton. “Since we’re celebrating 75 years this year, we’ve got some fun ways to turn back the clock and take the audience back to a vaudeville music hall.”

“Iroquois Amphitheater Presents” launched in the 2012 season as a way to offer high-quality local productions and talent to the neighborhood and community. Since 2012, this series has presented 10 free or low-cost entertainment events for the Louisville community.

“Louisville Metro Parks is very proud to oversee the management of this theater, and we encourage everyone to enjoy all the programs and events this community treasure has to offer during its 75th anniversary season,” said Parks Director Mike Heitz.

Show dates and times for Iroquois Amphitheater Presents The Pirates of Penzance:

August 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17… all performances at 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Ticket information

Ticket prices are $15 per person, with a service fee for all phone and internet purchases. Discount tickets are available for students and seniors.

Note: August 15 is a “Pay What You Can” performance, sponsored by members of Louisville Metro Council. Patrons are invited to pay for tickets at whatever level they can afford.

To purchase tickets, theatergoers can go online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at the Iroquois Amphitheater website,, or call Ticketfly toll free at 1-877-435-9849 The call center is open Mondays through Fridays, from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Iroquois Amphitheater guests also have the option of purchasing tickets on site at the Iroquois Amphitheater office Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

About the Iroquois Amphitheater

Celebrating 75 years this season, the Amphitheater was built in the spring of 1938 through federal Works Progress Administration labor and offers greatly expanded opportunities for the highest quality arts entertainment. It is a state-of-the-art, handicapped-accessible theater with seating for 2,366 in Iroquois Park Under the management of Louisville Metro Parks, the Iroquois Amphitheater produces and hosts musicals, concerts, festivals, movie nights, graduations, and other performing arts and cultural programs.

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