Guest artist to direct Pirates of Penzance

Guest artist to direct Pirates of Penzance The University of South Dakota Departments of Music and Theatre will welcome guest artist Jerry Yoder as director/choreographer of The Pirates of Penzance, a delightful comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan.

The Pirates of Penzance performances will be held Dec. 6-9 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

Yoder began his career in professional theatre as an actor, singer, and dancer, performing on Broadway and 1st National Tour Productions, directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, Chicago, Michael Bennett, Seesaw and Tommy Tune, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

His own work as a director and choreographer, however, has placed him at the helm of Annie, Cabaret, Chicago, George M, Seesaw, Sweet Charity, and They're Playing Our Song, to name a few productions, at well-known theatres in Connecticut, New Jersey, Alabama, Missouri, California, Tennessee, and Florida, respectively.

Of special note, however, is his direction and choreography of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, which has been produced internationally at the San Rafael Theatre in Mexico City, Mexico, Her Majesty's Theatre in Sidney, Australia, and the Drury Lane Theatre, London, England.

A member of Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors' Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Yoder has also directed productions for Sea World and the General Electric and RCA Corporations.

Yoder, who earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration with a major in accounting and minor in economic geography from Ohio State University, is headquartered in New York City at Deloitte Touch� Productions.

While on campus from Oct. 30 through Dec. 6, he will collaborate with the Penzance artistic team, coaching the singer and actors, and staging the action. As part of his residency he will also be teaching a class in musical theatre performance.

Tickets for The Pirates of Penzance are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and youth and $2 for USD students with ID. Tickets go on sale Nov. 22 and can be reserved by calling the USD Theatre Box Office at (605) 677-5400. For more information contact Eric Hagen at (605) 677-5736.

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