The Pirates of Finance

Book & Lyrics by Charles Veley, Music by Arthur Sullivan

The Pirates of Finance

at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre

  • Monday, July 15, 2013 at 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 9:00 pm

In this whimsical Wall Street love story, musical conductor Frederick Freemarket inherits his uncle's Wall Street investment company and dreams of helping the world. The company is worth twelve billion dollars – what could possibly go wrong? But Frederick soon finds himself beset with beautiful young ladies working for a powerful hedge fund king in a global takeover plot, and bewitched by his own romantic feelings for the gorgeous Elsie Gardener, company nutritionist. Love blossoms and tension mounts until – could things possibly go right on Wall Street? Could there be a classic Gilbert & Sullivan topsy-turvy twist that lets all end in perfect harmony? The Pirates of Finance is a new musical with melodies from nine G&S operettas, newly arranged.

Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes with intermission.

Charles Veley

Charles Veley (Book / Lyrics)

Charles Veley lives with his wonderful wife Pamela in Hartford, CT, where by day he manages large real estate projects for United Technologies Corporation. He thanks the many kind and inspiring individuals who helped and believed in the project from the beginning, including Zelie Pfortzheimer and Al Galletly of The Wilton Playshop; Elise Dewsberry and Scott Guy of ANMT; Jim Cooper, Shawn Amdur, Eric Peterson and all the members of Troupers Light Opera of Darien; Matt Sargeant, Darin Goulet, Russ Dembin, Larry Kravetz, Garner Simmons, Ken Davenport, Jane Caplow, and numerous others who provided insight and perspective. He thanks all the fabulous, fabulous, fabulous members of "Team Pirates" for their talent, creativity, and hard work in bringing this show to even brighter life, particularly director and choreographer Gary Slavin and music director Brenna Sage. You all made it such fun!

Arthur Sullivan

Arthur Sullivan (Music)

Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan MVO (1842-1900) was an English composer, of Irish and Italian descent, best known for his operatic collaborations with librettist W. S. Gilbert. These operettas, the forerunners of our modern musicals, are continually performed throughout the world to this day. Sullivan's melodies continue to sparkle and inspire, and the songs appear in contemporary works as diverse as "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "The Simpsons," and "The Muppet Show."

Lynn Craig

Lynn Craig (June)

Lynn Craig is honored to be a part of this year’s NYMF! Recently, Lynn originated the role of Margo in the new Air Supply Musical, Lost in Love (co-starring Constantine Maroulis and Andrea McArdle). Credits include: National Tour: CATS (Swing). Regional/New York: The Marvelous Wonderettes (Betty Jean), Avenue Q (Christmas Eve), 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (Marcy Park), Seussical (Mayzie La Bird), Carousel, The King and I, and more. Next appearing as Jellylorum/Griddlebone in CATS at North Shore.

Christopher DeAngelis

Christopher DeAngelis (Behemoth)

Broadway/ National Tours: Beauty and the Beast (u/s Lumiere), Jersey Boys (Swing, Assistant Dance Capt., Fight Capt.), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (u/s Andre), Ragtime (u/s Younger Brother). Regional: Footloose (Willard), Mame (Beau), Cabaret (Cliff). Thanks to Craig and Amanda, at Avalon Artists. Special thanks to Jay for always being there.

Preston Ellis

Preston Ellis (Frederick)

Preston Ellis is so grateful to Holly and the team for this opportunity. You may have been seen Preston on the 2012 Tony Awards as Corny Collins, or on the Grease Broadway tour, among other works. Thank you to Craig, Bernadette and all my closest friends for your support. Preston is a proud native of New Orleans and encourages you to visit! Geaux Saints/Pelicans! Enjoy the show!

Amber Nicole Guest

Amber Nicole Guest (Prudence)

New York début! Favorite roles include Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella and Abigail Adams in 1776 (both at Lyric Stage). Other work: Oliver! (Charlotte/Strawberry Seller), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Doatsey Mae), HMS Pinafore (Josephine), Rags (Yiddish Ophelia), and bare: A Pop Opera (Diane Lee). Bachelor of Music, Southern Methodist University. Thank you, Charles, Gary, Brenna, and Holly Buczek/HDBCasting! Proud member of AEA.

Alex Krasser

Alex Krasser (Louie)

Recent credits include Babes in Toyland (Lincoln Center), Amazing Grace (Goodspeed), Bitter Sweet (Bard SumerScape), Once Upon a Time in NJ (Prospect Theatre), Miracle on 34th Street (Engeman), Annie (Tarrytown Music Hall), Odyssey (American Theatre of Actors), and work with 13P, the Metropolis Opera Project (including the title role in Billy Blythe), Vital Theatre, and TRU. Many thanks to Holly and the whole Pirates team, and love to Mom, Dad, and Cat!

Janice Landry

Janice Landry (May)

Off-Broadway: National Pastime (Karen) at Playwrights Horizons, and Dear Edwina (Edwina) at the DR2. Other favorite credits include two productions of The Irish… And How They Got That Way (Principal/Musician) in Boston and Philly, Ocean In A Teacup (Mary), Southern Rain (Young Carol), Dr. Faustus (Seven Deadly Sins), and The Madwoman of Chaillot (Irma). TV/film:"Good Morning America," "Guiding Light" and “Sunday to Sunday.” Much love to Martin!

Heather Lundstedt

Heather Lundstedt (Elsie)

NYMF debut. Thrilled to be a part of The Pirates of Finance! NY: Ellen (Walden; Robert Moss Theater) Regional: Christine (Phantom), Laurie (Oklahoma), Marguerite (The Scarlet Pimpernel), Cinderella (Into the Woods), Maria (The Sound of Music), Mabel (Pirates of Penzance). Heather is represented by Management 101 and CESD. Love to D.

Carter Lynch

Carter Lynch (Huey)

Carter Lynch returned to NYC in August after traveling with the National Tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (u/s Beast, Gaston). Most recently, he performed with NYGASP in H.M.S. Pinafore and Yeomen of the Guard at City Center, and then as Billy in Leave it to Jane with Musicals Tonight!. Thanks to his parents, John and Peggy, to Holly, and to NYMF for this wonderful opportunity. BA in Dramatic Art from UNC-Chapel Hill.

David Macaluso

David Macaluso (Dewey)

David Macaluso has just returned from performing as Ko-Ko in the national tour of The Mikado with NYGASP. He simultaneously performed the lead roles of both Sir Joseph & Buttercup in Pinafore! (Vortex Theater) where they were honored with a Drama Desk Award nomination. In different productions David has directed, choreographed, performed as Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance. Some Credits: Molina (Spider Woman), Seymour (Little Shop), Motle (Fiddler), Robin (Ruddigore), Che (Evita). David is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music.

Sydney Ransom

Sydney Ransom (April)

A graduate of Syracuse University, Sydney Ransom is thrilled to be making her NYMF debut with Pirates! Previous shows include: Grand Hotel, Bittersweet, Utopia, Ltd, Into The Woods, Jon & Jen, A Little Night Music, Big River, Crazy For You, The Sound Of Music, The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof and Oklahoma. Sydney also sings/plays/works with The Blue Hill Troupe raising money for NY charities. Love to her unfailingly supportive family & friends!

Deborah Jean Templin

Deborah Jean Templin (Clara)

NY: Elegies (Betty), Take Me Along (Essie), Ernest in Love (Lady Brackell), Gilbert & Sullivan in Briefs (Mezzo). Broadway Tours: Mamma Mia!, Titanic, Baby, Annie. Regional: Souvenir (Florence), Hello Dolly! (Dolly), Annie (Hannigan), Cabaret (Schneider), Nite Club Confidential (Kaye; Barrymore Award), Young Frankenstein (Blucher; NH Theatre Award). Weathervane (five seasons). Film/TV: Steam, Jimmy Fallon, Good Wife. Unsinkable Women: has played over 100 venues. Coming up: Charlotte in Moon Over Buffalo - Barnstormers.

Jacob Thompson

Jacob Thompson (Bill Brilliant)

Jacob Thompson is an Iowa native and a graduate of Wagner College, NYC. He was most recently the male understudy on the National Tour of Divorce Party: The Musical and his next gig is playing Phoenix in the NY Fringe production of The Third Gender. Jacob would like to thank David, Jessica, Linda and Mom and Dad. For pics, performances and video blogs, go to

Gary Slavin

Gary Slavin (Director / Choreographer)

Gary Slavin has credits that include directing & choreographing nine Gilbert & Sullivan operas for the Blue Hill Troupe, New York City’s musical charity, and seven productions for Light Opera of New York. His credits also include countless years of summer stock, directing & choreographing a great variety of shows in the American musical theatre canon with such talents as Joanne Worley (Annie), Lainie Kazan (A Little Night Music) & John Raitt (Shenandoah), as well as Off & Off-Off Broadway (Inside Out; Area 51 - the Musical; Bush is Bad!), the NY International Fringe Festival (Show Choir! and The Irreplaceable Commodity), television (Stop the World… with Peter Scolari & Stephanie Zimbalist), educational & international theatre, including four seasons with the International Gilbert & Sulllivan festival in England. He studied with the American Dance Machine for five years and thanks all his teachers, mentors and especially Charles Veley, the Pirates company, and Bob.

Brenna Sage

Brenna Sage (Music Director)

New York credits include: Off Broadway: Big Apple Circus; American Girls Revue; Elektrafire, NY Fringe. Off-Off-Broadway: Chess, The Full Monty, Torch Song Trilogy, Urinetown, and composed music for Puck’d (a punk rock adaptation of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream). She received her BA from CUNY Hunter College in Music with a minor in Theater. She has written and performed two one-woman shows, and is working on her third.

Daniel ZS. Jagendorf (Technical Direction)

Regina Opera, Old Stone House/Piper Theater, Creation Productions, Catherine Filloux, Vital Theater, UnBound Collective, Urban Stages, Drama Department, Theater by the Blind, City Lights Youth Theater, Elizabeth Streb Ringside Dance Co,  NYC International Fringe Festival, A Murder of CrowsFatal Attraction: a Greek Tragedy,  Radio Gals, LaGuardia HS of the Performing Arts.  Dan was also amused to be TD for East Coast Artists.   

David Goldstein

David Goldstein (Scenic & Lighting Design)

Currently splitting his time between Brooklyn and Los Angeles, Goldstein is happy to be designing at NYMF for the 4th year. NYMF 2013: The Water Dream (Lighting), Pirates of Finance (Scenic/Lighting), Riley Thomas in Concert (Lighting) and Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist (Scenic/Lighting). Previous NYMF: STUCK, 2012. Ghostlight, 2011. The Most Ridiculous Thing You’ve Ever Hoid, 2010. LA: ELEVATOR (Hudson Theatre), Boomermania!, Silent Roar (El Portal Theatre). REGIONAL: Cohoes Music Hall, West Virginia Public, Allenbery Playhouse, EDGE Productions (Windsor, ON).

Anne Auberjonois (Costume Design)

Aaron Heflch Shapiro (Stage Manager)

NYC: Make Me (Atlantic); Something You Did (Primary Stages); Creature (New Georges/Page 73); The New Hopeville Comics (Commander Squish); The Tenant (Woodshed Collective). Tour: Café Variations (SITI Company); You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up! (OBB/Off-Broadway Booking). Opera: Puss in Boots (Tectonic/Gotham Chamber Opera); The Little Opera Theater of NY; Sarasota Opera; Seattle Opera. Regional: Blue Man Group (Las Vegas); Williamstown, Steppenwolf. An avid traveler, Aaron blogs about his adventures at

Miriam Hyfler (Assistant Stage Manager)

PSM/ASM credits include: Dojoji, Three Trees, Rangoon (Pan Asian Rep.), AdA: Lovely Head (La Mama), How to Break (HERE), The Soap Myth (National Jewish Theater Foundation), Henry V (New York Classical Theatre), Cymbeline, Capsule 33 (BST), five seasons with Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, Hamlet, Constant Couple, The Mandrake (Pearl Theatre Company), Foggy Bottom, The Frugal Repast (Abingdon Theatre Company), Peterborough Players’ 2007 season, Beneath the Hush, A Whisper, Desire in the Suburbs, The Recession Special (WorkShop Theater Company).

Paul Siebold

Paul Siebold (Publicist)

Paul Siebold is the managing director of OFF OFF PR, a firm dedicated to promoting developing theatrical productions through effective marketing communications. He has been a marketing, promotions and public relations executive for over 15 years. Paul’s work has helped to achieve significant pre-press, sold-out houses and post-production success for his clients. Among his many successes, Paul was the publicist for the 2008 and 2009 winners of the New York Innovative Theatre Award's "Outstanding Production of a Musical." Paul works with performers, album releases, comedies, dramas, musicals, plays, dance and solo performances as part of festivals, theater company seasons, independently produced productions, and more. Member, AEA/AFTRA.

Holly Buczek

Holly Buczek (Casting Director)

As the resident casting director for Vital Theatre, Holly has castPinkalicious! The Musical, Uncle Pirate, Angelina Ballerina! The Musical, StinkyKids (2012 Off- Broadway Alliance Winner for Best Family show) and others. Additional projects include Caroline or Change for Cyrano’s Theatre in Alaska, The Independents for Fringe 2012, Perfect Wedding for Vital SummerStage, The Groove Factory and The Brain That Wouldn’t Die – In 3D for NYMF, R U Nobody 2? (a staged reading at the Dramatists' Guild) and for Bard SummerScape festival, The Ballad of Rom and Julz and Bitter Sweet. Holly also handles the casting for Berenstain Bears, Live and Virtually Me with Matt Murphy Productions, Musicals Tonight!, The Queens Players at The Secret Theatre and Millbrook Playhouse Summer Theatre. This spring Holly worked on The Spoon River Project with Greenwood Cemetary in Brooklyn. Short Film: Diva. Web-commercial: Intel. Holly is an honor graduate of Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. For more information visit

Suellen Vance

Suellen Vance (General Manager)

Suellen Vance (Moldy Fig Productions, LLC) produced and general managed the multi-award winning festival premiere of Central Avenue Breakdown at the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival (Excellence in Music, Choreography, Orchestrations, Individual Performance and the prestigious Daegu International Musical Festival Award). In 2012, after receiving an unprecedented invitation to return as an Encore Presentation to the 2012 NYMF, Ms. Vance co-produced twin festival productions of Central Avenue Breakdown in Daegu, South Korea and New York City. She is a Stephens College alumna. Her professional history includes work as a broadcast journalist and in finance. Ms. Vance currently works as an actress and voice over artist.