Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pirate Fever Comes to Players with 'Pirates' Production

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pirate Fever Comes to Players with 'Pirates' Production

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A show with tender-hearted pirates, cowardly cops and not-so-innocent maidens comes to life when Players by-the-Sea and The Lazzara Family Foundation present the well-loved Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, The Pirates of Penzance, opening Friday, Sept. 15, on the theater's main stage.

The Pirates of Penzance is one of many successful collaborations of the artistic team of Sir William Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan. This production also features the collaboration of Tina and Tom Fallon directing this show.

The Neptune Beach couple is well known for their contributions and involvement in theatre and entertainment. The Fallons met in 1981 at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre when Tom, who had just moved to Jacksonville as the theater's general manager and director, hired Tina to be the costume designer. Although some said their relationship wouldn't last, the Fallons have been married for 22 years and describe each other as best friends.

They worked together at the Alhambra for five years before Tom Fallon went to work in film production. In the last few years, he has worked with John Sayles on Sunshine State, Joel Schumacher on Tigerland, Martha Coolidge on The Flamingo Rising and John McTiernan on John Travolta's feature, Basic. Tom Fallon is currently managing director of the Atlantic Theatres' comedy club and theater.

Tina Fallon, a Florida State University graduate, produced commercials and then moved on to teaching. She has been a teacher at Fletcher High School for the past 15 years. Throughout her career, Tina Fallon has also continued to work on theater productions. She has directed more than 50 shows, including the Pelican Award-winning show, A ... My Name Is Alice at Players by-the-Sea.

After Joe Schwarz, Players executive artistic director, contacted Tina Fallon about directing Pirates of Penzance, she talked about the opportunity with Tom.

"I said to Tom, wouldn't it be fun if we directed this show together?" she said.

Ironically, the Fallons worked together on a touring production of The Pirates of Penzance that visited the Alhambra 24 years ago. For this production, they are presenting the show in a classic contemporary style. …

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