Mary Baldwin Theatre Presents The Pirates of Penzance

February 4, 2004

Mary Baldwin University presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance February 6-7 and 12-14 at 8 p.m. and February 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. in the Fletcher Collins Theatre in Deming Hall.

Young Frederick has been apprenticed to a band of pirates. His parents wanted him to become a pilot, but his nursemaid proved a bit hard of hearing. The plot thickens as rollicking fun and swashbuckling action fills the stage. To discover twists and turns of this hilarious story, come and join the fun!

Director Frank Southerington calls The Pirates of Penzance “farce combined with sublime and lively music.” Three choruses and superb soloists carry off the sidesplitting songs. “One of the best choruses we’ve had,” praises the valley’s own Brian Holsopple, who doubles as the musical director and “Pirate King.” Local pianist, Don Roe, is the accompanist.

Veteran actor Bob Wright carries the role of “Major General,” and Ben Houseknect steals the stage as “Frederick.” Mary Baldwin University student Gabrielle Bergeret stars as “Mabel.”

Reservations are strongly recommended. The campus box office is open for credit-card reservations Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at (540) 887-7189. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.