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Pirates of Penzance enchants 1st 2 weekends in March

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A scene from The Pirates of Penzance: Elizabeth Allen as Mabel, Sloane Morton as Major General
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What: The Pirates of Penzance: A Gilbert & Sullivan Musical for audiences of all ages!

When: The first two weekends of March

7 p.m. Thursday, March 3 (Special preview performance – All tickets $5)

7 p.m. Friday, March 4; 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6

7 p.m. Friday, March 11; 2 p.m. Saturday, March 12; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13

Where: The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley

Who: The Nevada County Performing Arts Guild (PAG)

P.O. Box 1252, Penn Valley, Ca. 95946

(530) 273-4254 or 277-7100

“The Pirates of Penzance,” the famous Gilbert & Sullivan farce about a softhearted band of pirates, opens tonight at The Center for the Arts, 314 West Main St., Grass Valley.

The show, in which the pirates give way their loot to anyone claiming that they are an orphan because they themselves are orphans, continues for the first two weekends in March.

More than 30 young actors are included in the cast.

The show, produced by the Nevada County Performing Art Guild, runs at 7 p.m. for the evening performances and 2 p.m. for matinees. (see box for dates).

Special performances are included for all area schools, charter schools, home schools, small groups & families. Those are by reservation only, $5 per person. The special school show are at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Monday and March 9 and 11.

Call 530-277-7100 for reservations.

Ticket prices are: Adults: $10/advance, $12/door; Children: 12 & under, $4/advance, $6/door.

Advance tickets are on sale at The Book Seller, BriarPatch & The Center for the Arts box office in Grass Valley.

As the story from the original script by Gilbert & Sullivan goes, Frederick was apprenticed to this particular band of pirates by his nursemaid Ruth, when she accidentally mistook the word “pirate” for “pilot.”

It is his 21st birthday, he is free of his indentures and is off to seek his fortune.

He vows that if he ever meets up with the merry band again, he will be obligated by English Law to slay them.

In order to save their own lives, they remind him that he was born on leap year and according to their calculations he is only a boy of 5 and is still their apprentice.

Meanwhile, he has met Mable, one of the many daughters of Major General Stanley, a military man.

The original Gilbert and Sullivan version is quite long and is two-thirds music with one-third dialogue.

This version is much shorter and is one-third music with two-thirds dialogue.

This makes it more interesting and accessible to young actors and audiences who otherwise may not get exposed to these wonderful works of art, said director Paulette Rudolph.

“We are going to do it in the grand style with all the young maidens in beautiful gowns and all the pirates dressed to the hilt,” Rudolph said. “Gilbert and Sullivan provides great opportunities for actors/singers with all their wonderful humor and catchy songs.”

Other production staff members are: Mila Johansen, choreography; Beverly Marks, musical direction; and Jeannine Watson, costumes.

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