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Opera Theatre to Present The Pirates of Penzance

November 15, 2013

MANSFIELD, PA— The Mansfield Opera Theatre will present Gilbert and The Pirates of PenzanceSullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 24 at 2:30 p.m. in Straughn Hall. All performances are free and open to the public.

          Written in 1879, The Pirates of Penzance is one of Gilbert and Sullivan's greatest comic operas. With magnificent send-ups of grand opera, it presents a topsy-turvy plot involving a band of orphaned pirates (distinctly deficient in cut-throatedness); a Major General who doesn't know his rifles from his javelins; the flat-footed Cornish Constabulary; a bevy of blushing maidens; and the dashing Frederic, who - born on leap year - may be aged twenty-one, or only "five and a little bit over."

Now 134 years since its premiere, The Pirates of Penzance remains an all-time popular favorite, with familiar songs such as the patter-song "I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General," "Poor Wand'ring One," and "When a felon's not engaged in his employment."

“Elegantly recreating the original period settings and costumes, this revival of a classic musical comedy sparkles with wit, fine singing and a sensational cast,” Co-Director Todd Ranney said. “It's great entertainment for the whole family.”          

The production is staged and co-directed by Ranney and Youngsuck Kim of the MU music faculty and will feature all student performers.

The Mansfield Opera Theatre is made possible by support from student activity fees and the MU Music Department.