Gretchen Thompson had her first experience with Pirates of Penzance at St. Petersburg Little Theatre (now City Theatre) about 10 years ago while working as one of the production coordinators.
In that role, she assisted the director with auditions and rehearsals, and assured that all of the "behind the scenes" aspects of the show were taken care of. As in the way it works with many community theatres, Gretchen also had the position of Assistant Stage Manager (ASM). As the ASM, she could be found watching from the wings on stage left... along with the responsibility of assisting the stage manager and crew.
Jamie Bierchen, the current director of Pirates of Penzance, played the role of the Pirate King in that earlier production. Gretchen is so happy to be able to participate in this production of Pirates under his direction. Gretchen shares "It's been great fun!"