March 2, 2018

MASON -- Come join a band of swashbuckling buccaneers, frolicsome Victorian maidens, and the “model of a modern Major-General” when Mars Hill Academy presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance.

Set on a rocky Cornish coast, this musical comedy tells the story of a bumbling group of pirates and their young charge Frederic, who has decided it's time to hang up the sword and become a respectable gentleman. As the pirates attempt to bring him back into the fold, there are confrontations with the police and romantic entanglements with the Major General’s daughters.

“Audiences will enjoy the rich sounds of a full orchestra, as well as the classic elegance and power of the students’ vocal performances. Their energy and sense of humor keep the show alive and exciting – the interaction between the pirates, policemen, and daughters is particularly playful,”  said Lisa Cunningham, producer for the show.

Performances of the show will be at Parrish Auditorium, Miami University Hamilton, March 22-24 at 7 p.m. and March 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the door. Tickets for the Thursday performance are $10 for general admission and $15 for premium reserved seats. Tickets for Friday and Saturday performances are $12 for general admission and $20 for premium reserved seats. Seats for premium tickets may be selected online.

The cast includes Frederick played by Andrew Cunningham of Liberty Twp.; Mabel played by Quinn York of West Chester Twp.; Pirate King, Aaron Admiraal of Mason; Major General, Jacob Oedy of Lebanon; Ruth, Tessa DeBra of Loveland; Kate, Emma Kirk of Cincinnati; Edith, Gita O'Brien of Cincinnati; Samuel, Daniel Taylor of Liberty Twp.; and Sergeant, Kyle Chu of Cincinnati.

Appearing as pirates are Cara Admiraal, Kyle Chu, Nate Cox, Brynn Gage, Anna Kate Hicks, Drew Hicks, Lucy Hicks, Peyton Hutchinson, Eli Mullucey, Etienne Pienaar, and Meredith Weber.

The Major General’s daughters are played by Olivia Baker, Abby Bowling, Marianne Erickson, Rylen Erickson, Michaela Estruth, Frances Hultgren, Abby Kirk, Sophie Kirk, Talita O'Brien, Lizzie Pereira, Claire Robey, Rachel Tipton, Katrina Trees, Danielle Yang, and Michelle Yang.

The police are played by Samuel Beatty, Christopher Cunningham, Michaela Estruth, Frances Hultgren, Sarah Isaacs, Julia Leonard, Jacob McGuire, Etienne Pienaar, Marcel Pienaar, and Lauren Williams.

Mars Hill Academy is Cincinnati's only private, independent K-12 classical Christian school. One of only 42 schools nationwide accredited by the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS), Mars Hill Academy offers a proven educational method used for millennia to build sharp minds and a love for learning. For more information, please call 513-770-3223 or visit


How to Go



Mars Hill Academy presents The Pirates of Penzance


March 22-24, 7 p.m., March 24, 2 p.m.


Parrish Auditorium, Miami University Hamilton

1601 University Blvd., Hamilton


Thursday: $10, general admission, $15, premium reserved seats.

Friday, Saturday: $12, general admission, $20, premium reserved seats.

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Photo caption: Mars Hill Academy High School students will present The Pirates of Penzance. Shown are (from left) senior Andrew Cunningham of Liberty Twp. as Frederick; sophomore Tessa DeBra of Loveland as Ruth; and senior Aaron Admiraal of Mason as the Pirate King.