Venue: Main Stage
By Gilbert and Sullivan
Starring: Michael RJ Campbell as The Pirate King, Zak Edwards as Frederic, Gary S. Martinez as Major-General Stanley, Martha Omiyo Kight as Ruth, Aviva Pressman as Mabel, and Jeffrey Lloyd Heatherly as the Sergeant of Police
Directed By: Michael Laun
Running Time: 2 Hours
Parental Guidance: Appropriate for All Ages
Community Partnership: American River Parkway Foundation
Preview performances April 22 – 25; Opening Night is April 25.
The Pirates of Penzance, one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular works, first premiered in New York City in 1879, where it was widely-received by both audiences and critics. The Joseph Papp 1981 Broadway revival won a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical. The STC production makes its maiden voyage on our stages some 135 years since its original production.
The comic operetta concerns Frederic, who, having completed his 21st year, is released from his apprenticeship with a band of tender-hearted pirates. He meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and the two young people fall instantly in love. Frederic finds out, however, that due to a “most ingenious paradox,” he must unexpectedly serve for another 63 years with the pirates. Bound by his own sense of duty (the subtitle of the play is The Slave of Duty), Frederic’s only solace is that Mabel agrees to wait for him faithfully. This sets the stage for fun and mishaps.
Live musicians accompany STC’s 16-member cast, with musical direction by STC favorite Samuel Clein.
Group rates and special student performances available. Please contact Group Sales at 916-446-7501 ext 120 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This year, STC celebrates the legacy of Gilbert and Sullivan with The Pirates of Penzance Extravaganza! In addition to our Main Series production of The Pirates of Penzance, we hope you will join us at our special pirate-themed events!
Join us for our free Prologue Series in the Lobby 45 minutes before each regularly scheduled subscription performance and learn more about the play, the author(s), and STC’s production in advance of the performance.