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Pirates of Penzance

Pirates of Penzance

Operetta


Writers:
  • victorian
  • pirate
  • england
  • gilbert and sullivan
  • light opera
  • ensemble cast
  • british dialect
  • large chorus
  • star vehicle (male)
  • star vehicle (female)


Overview


Synopsis

Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular show, The Pirates of Penzance, is a rollicking, delightfully funny tale of a band of soft-tempered pirates. Mistakenly apprenticed to a pirate (instead of a pilot) by his nursemaid Ruth at the age of eight, the handsome Frederic is now twenty-one and, though quite fond of the group of joyous and fun-loving pirates, chooses to abandon his profession and “lead a blameless life henceforth,” dedicating himself instead to their eradication. Shortly after leaving them, he encounters a gaggle of beautiful maidens (one of whom, Mabel, steals his heart) and their father, the eccentric Major-General. The whole group has a run-in with the pirates themselves before escaping on the false premise that the Major-General is an orphan -- a fact these tenderhearted pirates simply cannot help but take into account, given the fact that the majority of them are orphans themselves and “know what it’s like.” Just as Frederic is ready to lead a band of lily-livered policemen to take out the Pirate King and his men, a secret is uncovered that will change his fate forever, but, naturally, all comes out right in the end. Beloved since its premiere in 1879, The Pirates of Penzance (or The Slave of Duty) is a delightful farce of a classic that is fun for all ages.


Characters

Female

Lead

Soprano

Male

Lead

Baritone

Male

Lead

Tenor



Show Information

Book:
Lyrics:
Category
Operetta
Number of Acts:
2 Acts
First Produced:
1879
Genres
Comedy, Farce
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
mid-1800s
Cast Size
medium
Orchestra Size
Medium
Dancing
Musical Staging
Licensor:
None/royalty-free
Ideal For
college, profesional, small budget
Casting Notes:

Includes young adult, adult, mature adult, late teen characters
Tags:
  • victorian
  • pirate
  • england
  • gilbert and sullivan
  • light opera
  • ensemble cast
  • british dialect
  • large chorus
  • star vehicle (male)
  • star vehicle (female)

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