Gannon University, the Erie Playhouse, and the Flagship Niagara League present "Fortunate Victory"

Fortunate_Victory_Curtain_CallPosted: September 6, 2013

Gannon University, the Erie Playhouse, and the Flagship Niagara League present FORTUNATE VICTORY, an original play written by the late Gannon University professor Alexander O. Clemente, and adapted by Rev. Shawn Clerkin, associate professor of communication and fine arts and director of theatre at Gannon University.

The play highlights Erie historical figures such as Oliver Hazard Perry, Daniel Dobbins, Jesse Elliot and Commodore Chauncey with educational, real-life stories, and dialogue, a chronicle of the proud men and women of the U.S. Great Lakes Fleet that defeated the British on Lake Erie in 1813.

FORUNATE VICTORY dramatizes important Erie history through an animated battle sequence, the "Victory Anthem," written by Andrew Rainbow and Clerkin, and the origin of the "Don't Give Up the Ship" flag.

Clemente produced the original version of FORTUNATE VICTORY in the 90s, which was adapted by Clerkin specifically for Tall Ships Erie Celebration. This vivid and captivating multimedia musical play is being held at the Hirt Auditorium at the Raymond M. Blasco Memorial Library, 160 E. Front St.

Public performances will be held Friday, Sept. 6 at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7 at 11 a.m., 12:30 and 2 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 8 at 12:30 and 2 p.m. Admission is $5. There will also be two performances for seniors and school tours that will also include a ship tour. They will be on Friday from 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. (performance followed by ship tour), and from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (ship tour followed by performance). Ticket for the show and ship tour (suggested for Grades 4 through 12) are $10.

School group reservations can be made by calling the Erie Playhouse box office, 814-454-2852, ext. 0 or, or check out for more information.

FORTUNATE VICTORY, written by Alexander O. Clemente, adapted for 2013 Tall Ships Erie by Rev. Shawn Clerkin,
original score by Andrew Rainbow
lyrics by Rev. Shawn Clerkin, video created by: MoreFrames Animation of Erie, produced by Almitra Clerkin, executive director, Erie Playhouse; and Shawn Waskiewicz, executive director, Flagship Niagara League.