‘The Pirates of Penzance’ spectacle at CMU

Frederic (Levi Meyer) romances Maj. Gen. Stanley’s daughter Mabel (Kalinda Theobold) in the Colorado Mesa University production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s musical “The Pirates of Penzance.”

A pirate apprentice falls in love with the major-general’s daughter, but the unfortunate detail of a leap year birthday keeps them apart.

Ridiculous? Of course. And it’s part of the comedic opera “The Pirates of Penzance.” This Gilbert and Sullivan musical will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 28 through March 2, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, March 6–9, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, in Robinson Theatre in the Moss Performing Arts Center, 1231 N. 12th St.

Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $6 for students.

The production is a collaboration of Colorado Mesa University’s music and theater departments and will feature a live orchestra, comprised of instrumental music majors, most of whom are involved with the CMU Symphony and Wind Symphony. Carlos Elias will conduct.

“The fast-paced, fun and irreverent comic operetta tells the story of tender-hearted pirates, reluctant policemen, earnest lovers and an eccentric Major-General, all of whom are ridiculously bound by the dictates of duty,” a news release said.

The classic musical was last produced at the university in 1994 and directed by music faculty member Jack Delmore.

Tickets to the performances can be purchased from the box office by calling 248-1604 or online at coloradomesa.edu/moss/theatretickets.html.


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