• August 20, 2016

?Pirated!? Takes Over Wallace Theatre

Riverside, Calif. (April 1, 2016) – The theatre program at California Baptist University is ending its 2015-16 season by bringing a comedy to the Wallace Theatre starting on April 8.

"Pirated!" is a clever and zany re-imagining of the classic "The Pirates of Penzance" by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. This screenplay adaption comes from James C. Christian and is set to a 1930s movie studio when talking pictures are the new hot thing. As the director attempts to film a movie, the voices behind the actors revolt and take over the studio.

"It's light-hearted entertainment. If they (audience) don't laugh at least 10 times during the production, I have failed," joked Lisa Lyons, a theatre adjunct and director of the production.

Katie Shaw, a business administration senior, plays a silent film star. Shaw said she has enjoyed learning how to express her role without words since her character does not speak in the first act.

"She is very over dramatic with her physical actions, which has been my favorite part," said Shaw in describing her character. "I have loved finding different physical actions that portray her personality, so the audience can see how high maintenance she really is." 

Bryan Richardson, a theatre senior, plays Daniel Brown, the lead vocal actor. Having the opportunity to do a comedy has been a highlight for him.

"This show is supposed to be fun and over-the-top," he said. "I hope our audience can come to this show and just escape for a couple of hours."


When: April 8-9, April 14-16, at 7:30 p.m.; April 9, April 16, at 2 p.m.
Where: Wallace Theatre, California Baptist University
Tickets: General admission $15, CBU Faculty and Staff $12, CBU students $10
Tickets or questions? Call the theatre box office at 951- 343-4319 or email: mhyde@calbaptist.edu