THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

or THE RASCALS OF THE RAPPAHANNOCK

RIVERSIDE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
MAY 22-JULY 11, 2019
FREDERICKSBURG, VA

Catherine Flye, Director
Joe Walsh, Music Director
Patrick A’Hearn, Producing Artistic Director

Mabel! Let us put a star by Claire Leyden’s name. Not only is this lovely actress ideal for light operetta, her classically trained soprano has a crystalline purity that I rarely hear on professional stages anywhere.
— Maggie Lawrence (CUPLEPER TIMES)

REVIEWS

“The coloratura soprano of Mabel Boshington (Claire Leyden) is meltingly perfect (Poor Wandering One) and she is gorgeous, as well.”
- Sara Dudley Brown (THE ZEBRA)

“Leyden showcases a brilliant vocal range with her aria, “Poor Wandering One!” and receives enthusiastic feedback from the audience as she draws out her notes–longer than I even thought a person’s lungs were capable!”
- Julie L. Exline (DC METRO THEATER ARTS)

“Among many wonderful voices, Mabel [played by Claire Leyden], has one of most stunning voices that will blow people away.”
- THE FREE-LANCE STAR

The ridiculous plot, progressing with the sheer joy of Gilbert’s cleverest lyrical routines and wordplay, is enhanced by some of Sullivan’s most soaring romantic melodies. This is evidenced poignantly with the entrance of Mabel (the lovely Claire Leyden), and her delightfully delivered coloratura offer to rescue Frederic from his uncivilized past (“Poor wandering one”)… Leyden’s powerful soprano is a pleasure.”
- Emily Jennings (CULPEPER STAR-EXPONENT)

- Read more from Maggie Lawrence (CULPEPER TIMES)

“Poor Wand’ring One” performed Wednesday June 5, 2019 on Virginia This Morning on CBS 6 Pirates of Penzance hits the Riverside Center for the Performing Arts"