Pirates of Penzance
by Gilbert and Sullivan
When the Doily Cart Opera (not at all the same thing, or based upon the the famous D’oyly Carte Opera Company) makes a brief stop in New Britain, shenanigans will ensue. This not quite ready for prime time group of players will set sail with the beloved swashbuckling comedy that boasts one of the most famous patter songs in musical theatre history.
A show suitable for children, parents, and grandparents alike, Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious, hopeful farce follows young Frederic, a duty bound young man who has mistakenly been apprenticed to an ineffectual but raucous band of pirates. He disavows the pirates’ way of life and falls for the beautiful Mabel. Frederic’s melodious tones win over the heart of Major General Stanley’s songbird daughter, Mabel, but when the Pirate King discovers General Stanley has lied and preyed upon the pirates “incredulous simplicities” to keep the pirates from carrying off his bevy of beautiful daughters, an “ingenious paradox” may prevent the budding romance and lead to the death of “The very model of a modern Major-General.”
Join us for songs, swordplay, and a band of tap dancing bobbies, as Hole in the Wall Theater lends its own unique brand of whimsy to one of the most well loved and timeless musicals ever written.
Directed and Choreographed by Emily Trudeau. Pirates of Penzance runs May 20, 21, 22 (2 pm matinee), 27 (pay-what-you-can performance), 28, June 3, 4, 5 (2 pm matinee), 10, 11. All Shows 8 pm except where noted.