Friday, September 19, 2014

GRU Lyceum Series features “The Pirates of Penzance,” Golden Dragon Acrobats

BicycleGroupGeorgia Regents University’s 45th Annual Lyceum Series has two performances remaining in the 2012-2013 season. The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players will present “The Pirates of Penzance” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 4, and the Golden Dragon Acrobats will perform at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30. All shows will be held at Maxwell Theatre on the Summerville campus.

“The Pirates of Penzance” is the story of Frederic, whose nurse was told to apprentice him to become a pilot when he was a young boy. However, she heard the word incorrectly and apprenticed him to a band of pirates, which begins the shenanigans. The musical theater production features pirates and Victorian maidens as they make a boisterous romp over the rocky coast of Cornwall. Performed in its original format with costumes, sets, a large cast and live orchestra, “The Pirates of Penzance” is directed and conducted by Albert Bergeret with choreography by Bill Fabris. The performance is made possible in part by a grant from Georgia Presenters and the Fox Theatre Institute.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent a time honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago, the rigorous art of Chinese Acrobatics. The group is recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of present day. Originally from Cangzhou, Hebei province, in the People’s Republic of China, the Golden Dragon Acrobats have toured for more than 30 years to international acclaim, traveling to over 65 countries on five continents and to all 50 states. The 25 acrobats are athletes, actors and artists who have trained since childhood.

World-renowned entertainer Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, stunning costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of unique skill and beauty.

To purchase tickets, call 706-667-4100 or visit augusta.universitytickets.com. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $10 for children 17 and under. GRU faculty and staff can attend the shows for $10, and admission is free for GRU students.

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