Mugele said Young Vic hired Janine Vreatt, the school's technical theater director, to run the lights, sound and all technical aspects of the show. And Mugele said the theater is used to having large sets.
The school also has a student representative in the cast — rising junior and "Pinafore" chorus member Jess Hwang, of Pikesville by way of her native South Korea.
Hwang, 17, said she first heard about the theater company when Harp spoke at the school and announced auditions.
"I got interested and I auditioned," she said, excited that she gets to perform on the same stage where she does much of her theater work in school.
"This is my home town," she said.
Lurie said moving to its new venue will make it easier for Young Vic to attract younger people to Gilbert and Sullivan operas.
"We're trying to spread it to a next generation," Lurie said. "Any time there's a transition like this, you look at it as an opportunity."
Plenty of Baltimore jokes
Moving to a new home doesn't mean traditions will be lost. "Pinafore" features a familiar mix of semi-professional and amateur singers, from as far away as New York, where Bank lives, and as close as Gabrielle DeMers, 28, of Hampden, who plays Josephine, and Peter Tomaszewski, 33, of Charles Village, who plays Captain Corcoran.
"It's a wonderful space, a real treat," said Tomaszewski, last year's Grand Poo-Bah in "The Mikado." "This is a nice place to grow into."
Audiences can also expect a few Baltimore-centric jokes slipped into the script. During a rehearsal Sunday, Bank stole one scene in which she declared herself "a Buttercup, Hon," and tried to sell the sailors Berger cookies.
'Oh, yeah," Goodman said, when asked about the jokes. "We'll have plenty of those."