The Pirates of Penzance, or The Slave of Duty, a comic operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan, is the tale of Frederic, who has been indentured to a band of “gentlemanly” pirates until his 21st birthday. Upon his release he meets – and instantly falls in love with – Mabel, daughter of Major-General Stanley. Unfortunately Frederic learns he was born on February 29th, so technically he has but one birthday every four years and is bound to fulfill his apprenticeship for yet another 63 years. Madcap antics fill out the show with the Major-General saving Mabel and his other daughters from the pirates, Frederic’s misplaced sense of duty, the not so “hot on the trail” team of police, preposterous logic generously applied to spice it up, and of course a very “happily ever after” conclusion. The cast and crew are made up of some of the Academy’s most talented theater students.
Performances are February 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29 at Simms Center for the Performing Arts. Reserve tickets here.