FOLSOM — With a band of swashbuckling buccaneers, bumbling British bobbies, frolicsome Victorian maidens and the delightfully dotty “model of a modern Major-General,” Three Stages at Folsom Lake College presents the classic romp over the rocky coast of Cornwall.
America’s pre-eminent Gilbert & Sullivan repertory ensemble performs “The Pirates of Penzance” to a full orchestra and chorus. The much-loved rollick over the rocky coast of Cornwall has won rave reviews from all over.
This exuberant piece of musical theater, directed and conducted by Albert Bergeret with choreography by Bill Fabris, is performed in its original format. The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Player’s vibrancy, energy and contemporary sense of humor keep the show alive and exciting to a modern audience.
“’The Pirates of Penzance’ hardly needs an introduction,” said Conductor/Director Albert Bergeret. “Long before Joe Papp’s Broadway production and major motion picture added renewed popularity, this engaging operetta had established itself as one of the best loved pieces of musical theatre in the English speaking world.
“I’m sure that will remain a staple of the G&S cannon for a long as these classic operettas continue to enthrall the child in all of us,” Bergeret continued.
The plot of Pirates centers on the dilemma of young Frederic who, as a child, was mistakenly apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday. Since he was born in leap year on Feb. 29, he is honor bound to remain a pirate until the distant date of 1940, despite his moral objection to piracy. Helping Frederic to deal with this unusual predicament is the brash Pirate King, Ruth — the pirate maid-of-all-work, romantic Mabel and the delightfully stuffy Major-General Stanley.
“The Pirates of Penzance” will be performed at 7: 30 p.m. on Thursday, May 9; 3 and 8 p.m. Friday, May 10. Tickets are $29 to $49 with premium tickets available for $59; a 10 percent discount is offered on Friday afternoon. Tickets are available online at threestages.net or from Three Stages ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Three Stages is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.
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