The Pittsburgh Savoyards bring their 84th season to a close with a grand production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most popular operetta, The Pirates of Penzance, or The Slave of Duty with their largest cast in decades!
Brought to life by Stage Director Robert Hockenberry and longtime Savoyards Music Director Guy Russo.
Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance is a rollicking, delightfully funny tale of a band of soft-tempered pirates. Mistakenly apprenticed to a band of pirates 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, virtuously chooses to abandon his profession, dedicating himself instead to their eradication. Shortly after leaving them, he encounters a gaggle of beautiful maidens (one of whom, Mabel, steals his heart). The whole group has a run-in with the pirates themselves (as well as the girls’ father, the eccentric Major-General), but they are able to escape their clutches 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. Later, Frederic leads a band of cowardly policemen to take out the Pirate King and his men once and for all, but a secret is revealed about Frederic that will change his fate forever. Coming on the heels of their first international sensation H.M.S. Pinafore, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, or: The Slave of Duty is a delightful farce of a classic that is fun for all ages and beloved since its premiere in 1879.
The production opens this Friday, March 25 and runs through April 10 at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie.
Tickets are available at: http://www.pittsburghsavoyards.org or at the box office.
Online live streams of select performances will also be available Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, April 10 at 2:30 pm.
After the livestream is finished, an archive recording of the performance will be available for one week. https://www.showclix.com/event/pirates-livestream
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