Pirates of Penzance, July 20-22

The Orpheum Theatre, Prairie Players Civic Theatre and director Kurt Killam partner to present a wholly original co-production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s musical extravaganza, The Pirates of Penzance.

As a child, Frederic was apprenticed to a band of tenderhearted, orphaned pirates by his nurse who, being hard of hearing, had mistaken her master’s instructions to apprentice the boy to a pilot. Frederic, upon completing his 21st year, rejoices that he has fulfilled his indentures and is now free to return to respectable society. It turns out that he was born on February 29 in leap year, and he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday.

By the end of the opera, the pirates, a Major General who knows nothing of military strategy, his large family of beautiful but unwed daughters, and the timid constabulary all contribute to a cacophony that can be silenced only by Queen Victoria’s name.

The Orpheum Theatre and Prairie Players Civic Theatre present The Pirates of Penzance Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17, $20 and $25.

All student tickets for college and younger are $10 (except Mezzanine).

Call 309-342-2299 to order tickets or for more information about subscription packages and group discounts.