|The Pirates of Penzance
Leap year often causes all kinds of troubles, and in Gilbert & Sullivan's famous operetta, The Pirates of Penzance, the every-four-year occurrence accomplishes exactly that! The story centers around Frederic, who, having just celebrated is 21st year, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates. Never mind that his apprenticeship as a pirate is a mistake in the first place! His nursemaid misheard the word pilot for pirate!
According to the apprenticeship indentures, he is to remain apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday. He meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and the two youngsters instantly fall in love. Frederic soon learns that with love, life never is without complications: he is much more of a youngster than he thought! He was born on February 29. So, technically, he has celebrated far less than 21 birthdays, and hence, reck'ning by his natal day, he is a little boy of five ~ and a little bit over. So, being a slave of duty, Frederic realizes he must serve as a pirate apprentice for another 63 years. Happily, Mabel agrees to wait for him faithfully. Must Mabel wait for 63 years to marry her Frederic?
The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty
Gilbert & Sullivan
June 10/11/12, 2011
21 East Main Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Tickets: $10 – $102.50
Single tickets available beginning November 22nd by calling
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