March 29, 2002
'Pirates' seize the stage at CSUS
Actors in "The Pirates of Penzance,"
one of Gilbert and Sullivan's more popular operas, prepare
to walk the plank at California State University, Sacramento
as part of the 10th annual Festival of the Arts.
"The Pirates of Penzance," directed by CSUS professor
Paul Waldo, runs April 11 - 21 in the University Theatre.
Curtain times are 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays,
and 2 p.m., on Sundays.
Subtitled "The Slave of Duty," the opera follows
the saga of Frederic, who has been reluctantly serving as
a pirate. In the first act, the Pirate King congratulates
his apprentice, Frederic, on his successful grasp of the profession
of piracy. Frederic replies that he has done his best for
the pirate band simply because it was his duty and that, when
he was apprenticed to the pirates, it was entirely through
an error that he refuses to divulge.
However, moments later, a nursery maid reveals that she had
mistakenly apprenticed Frederic to be a pirate instead of
a pilot. After the maid finishes this disclosure, Frederic
tells the pirates of the dilemma he faces - that as soon as
his apprenticeship is up he must devote himself to the extermination
of pirates. Thus the comedic romantic adventure begins.
As Frederic is about the leave the pirate band, they happen
upon a group of girls, all wards of a Major General and Frederic
falls in love with one of the ladies. When the pirates seize
the girls and threaten them with immediate marriage the Major
General, also a captive employs a ruse to free them all.
The actors in the CSUS production romp through this fascinating
and fun adventure set to the music written by Gilbert and
Sullivan. Ticket prices are $15 general and $10 for students,
alumni and seniors. Tickets are available at the CSUS Ticket
Office at 278-4323.
For further information, send an e-mail
public affairs at (916) 278-6156. For ticketed events, call
the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323.
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