Chagrin Valley Little Theatre

The Pirates of PenzanceChagrin Falls Studio Orchestra featuring Opera per Tutti

CFSO featuring Robert Michaels

Performance Dates & Tickets

September 12 - 14, 2014
Friday & Saturday night at 8:00 PM
Sunday at 2:00
Call 440-247-8955 (Mon-Sat, 1-6 PM)
$25 adult / $15 student


About the Event

For I am a Pirate King! Hurrah Hurrah for the Pirate King!


Gilbert and Sullivan’s, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, is sure to put a smile on your face as a brilliant cast of talented singers and actors present this most popular G&S operetta along with a full orchestra on stage.  The Chagrin Studio Orchestra conducted by Maestro, Steve Eva, team up with the voices of Opera per Tutti directed by Scott Skiba for this delightful production.  

This production is fully staged with elaborate costuming.  All of the original dialogue will be presented.  Unlike in years past, the chorus is costumed and part of the action with a group of up and coming young talented singers and actors.

The wacky story of a Pirate who was supposed to be a “pilot” is made even sillier when he falls in love with the beautiful Mabel but is told that he cannot marry her because he is actually only 5 years old as he was born on leap year and is under contract with the Pirates until he is 21….ah what to do. 

Only Gilbert and Sullivan’s unique blend of tongue in cheek British humor and light hearted music could bring such a story to life.

Much of the cast from HMS Pinafore from the 2013 CVLT season is back for this production including the lovely Maribeth Crawford as “Mabel” and tenor Benjamin Bunsold as “Frederic”, as well as the hilarious Zachary Rusk as the Major General.  Also returning is the charming Lizzie Frey and audience favorite, Benjamin Czarnota.

This is a "30th Anniversary" production, honoring the 1984 staging of "Pirates" on the CVLT stage. Many cast members from the 1984 production continued to be active with CVLT, including board members Rollin DeVere and his wife Judy, the late Paula Pike (who appeared in many Murder By The Falls events and several main stage productions), and Robert A. Pollock (who starred in our recent production of 'Hairspray' in addition to 'Cannibal!' at the River Street Playhouse and Murder By The Falls).

CVLT 1984 Production of Pirates of PenzanceCVLT's 1984 production of "The Pirates of Penzance"

About the Studio Orchestra

The Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra is volunteer-driven, nonprofit musical endeavor that brings studio arrangements, as well as the classics that inspired them, to stages in the Chagrin Valley community.

The Studio Orchestra is the only known orchestra in the region with a particular focus on studio arrangements. Written as film scores and rarely played live, studio arrangements represent some of the most dynamic, high-energy music of our time, by some of the most respected composers.

The Studio Orchestra affords its musicians the privilege and honor to play these original works—and its audience members the rare opportunity to hear them played live. With guest musicians and vocalists as well as multimedia presentation, the performance experience is more than just a concert—it represents a new vision in musical entertainment.

About the Conductor

Stephen A. Eva is a native Clevelander from a musical family and graduate of Shaker Heights High. Mr. Eva, an accomplished trumpet player in his youth, attended The National Music Camp at Interlochen where he sustained injury to his lip from overplaying. His attention quickly turned to his true love, conducting, and he became the first student conductor ever at Shaker High School. Mr. Eva graduated from Grove City College with degrees in Economics and Philosophy where he organized and directed the first Jazz Ensemble.

For the past 23 years, Mr. Eva has been the conductor and driving force of the Hermit Club Symphony Orchestra (Cleveland's premier performing arts club.) Through the Hermit Club Orchestra, he has conducted numerous large-scale symphonic works, concertos, chamber music, musical theater, choral and pops concerts.

Mr. Eva is well known in Chagrin as the Musical Director of the Chagrin Light Orchestra for the past two seasons where he introduced fun, innovative programming to the Community. PMr. Eva is self-employed as an industrial equipment systems integrator. He lives with his wife Marilyn in neighboring Auburn Township and is a dedicated father of 5 children.