Peninsula Backstage


There’s no shortage of live theatre on the San Francisco Peninsula. Plays, musicals, and opera. Modern and classical. Professional and amateur. Peninsula Backstage brings in the people behind upcoming shows to talk about them. Tune in and find out what’s going on in our world of theatre.

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It’s normal for women to be pirates in Victorian England, right? The Bay Area Opera Collaborative (BayOp) is presenting The Pirates of Penzance, but with a twist: the men’s and women’s roles are all swapped. On August 25th, we shot an episode featuring this upcoming production of Pirates, which is running at the Hillview Middle School Performing Arts Center in Menlo Park from September 8th to September 23rd.

Peninsula Backstage host Nina G. Perry interviewed the BayOp president, the show’s producer, and one of the lead actors about BayOp’s fresh approach to this Gilbert and Sullivan classic. Plus, actors performed two songs from the operetta. All told, we had 17 participants from BayOp, so the taping was quite an event! Afterward, Nina wished she had recited the participants’ names in a patter song during her closing monologue… that might have helped her end the episode on time. (That’s a joke for you G&S fans out there!)

David Simon directed the episode, and we couldn’t have done it without the talents of crew members Ingrid Lee, Ron Marks, Fred Bockmann, Alan Zoraster, Kevin Burnett, Megan Murakami, Tom Upton, Herb Moore, and Sally Rayn.

Click the Show Times link to see the episode on TV, or the Online Episodes link to see it on Vimeo.

And remember to go out and support local, live theatre!