“PIRATES OF PENZANCE” READY FOR TEMPE PREP STAGE
The Gilbert & Sullivan comic operetta Pirates of Penzance opens this weekend at Tempe Preparatory Academy. A young pirate apprentice’s overzealous passion for his duty ends in an absurd meeting of pirates, policemen, and of course, the girl he loves.
Pirates of Penzance made its official debut in 1879 and remains one of the most frequently performed Gilbert & Sullivan light operas. As in all light opera, Pirates of Penzance is filled with lots of action, humorous musical numbers, some spoken dialogue to further the plot, a happy ending, and good-natured satire of Victorian life and traditional Italian opera. Mr. Clay Sanderson makes his Tempe Prep directorial debut with a cast of 35 talented students in grades 6-12.
Performances are at 8 pm on Friday and Saturday with two performances on Sunday at 2 pm and 7 pm in the Zelman Auditorium at Tempe Preparatory Academy, 1251 E. Southern Avenue, Tempe. Tickets are $11 and may be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to each show.