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Gilbert & Sullivan Set Me Free

by Kathleen Karr

This title is now available on MP3-CD from Brilliance Audio for only $14.99. (Please go to Brilliance or Amazon.com to order - we no longer sell directly.)

Based on a true incident, this moving novel tells the story of a production of Gilbert & Sullivan's “Pirates of Penzance”—as performed by the inmates of a women's prison in 1914! Infused with music, beautifully researched and filled with fascinating characters, this is great teen listening.

Gilbert & Sullivan Set Me Free

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Editions:   sku     isbn-13     isbn-10     count  
  CD Economy     n/a     978-1-5012-3692-4     n/a     Five CDs  

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Listen to samples from this audiobook:
Sample 1Opening—Libby Dodge in Sherborn Prison (1:07, about 1.0 MB)
Sample 2Mrs. Wilkinson introduces the inmates to the music of Gilbert & Sullivan (0:55, about 1.9 MB)
Sample 3The inmates of Sherborn perform The Messiah (2:04, about 873 KB)
Sample 4Kathleen Karr discusses the inspiration for writing Gilbert & Sullivan Set Me Free (0:29, about 460 KB)

Reviews:
"Splendid!"
    — Library Bookwatch Aug 2005
 
"Narrative performances are engaging, spirited and emotional, yet never overdone. The production is well cast, with all voices suiting the characters. The musical performances are excellent as well. A fascinating addition is the author's discussion of her inspiration for the novel, which is based on a true story."
    — KLIATT Nov 2004  Starred Review  Starred Review   Read entire review…
 
"Carmen Viviano-Crafts brings Libby alive as she finds her place in the prison world, and The Full Cast Family adds just the right spice to the hard-boiled inmates Libby befriends during her time there... Libby and her friends will tug on listeners’ heartstrings and make them want to sing along."
    — AudioFile Oct 2005
 
"A full cast of actresses brings to life this terrific novel by Kathleen Karr... The ability of the excellent cast to ham up rehearsal and performance scenes and to burst into song adds vibrancy and personality to the story... With its entertaining and fast-moving plot developed by such enthusiastic voices and its celebration of the healing power of music, this audiobook will appeal to a wide age range."
    — School Library Journal Sep 2005
 
Praise for the print version of Gilbert & Sullivan Set Me Free:
"Karr brings close a huge cast of characters--in prison and on stage--never downplaying their anguish, even as she celebrates the spirited community that comes together to find the best in each other and put on a spectacular show."
    — Booklist
 

Meet the Cast:

Holly AdamsSecond-Story Sal
Cynthia BishopPerle Wilkinson
Janine BostickFanny
Frieda
Mark ColeQuintus
Phil EisenmanGentleman
Professor Jordan
Sam GoldsmanSparky
Sally GouldAccompanist
Sally GouldMrs. Simonds
Moe HarringtonLena Colbrook
Judith HarrisBertha's Minion
Mildred
Kate HuddlestonMa McCreary
Marie KempGladys
Victoria KingProduction Coordinator
Kid Glove Rosie
Musical Director
Tara LawtonVerity
Mimi MeadFlo
Alice MorigiJessie Hodder
Sarah NaughtonRachel
Soloist for Libby Dodge
Gayle RossEthel
Woman
Donna StuccioMolly Matches
Lauren SyngerMary
Ruby
Patti ThompsonBertha
Thea Van Der VenAgnes Cordoni
Carmen Viviano-CraftsLibby Dodge
Katie YoheEmma
Directed by:Daniel Bostick
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