Saltbox Theatre Collective would like to invite you to see our production of The Pirates of Penzance opening June 22nd and running through July 15th at Stage 773. Shows will be Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm as well as Saturdays & Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $16 for Adults and $9 for Students & Seniors. Tickets can be purchased now at saltboxtheatre.org or stage773.com.
Saltbox is a not-for-profit theatre company established in 2014-15, producing shows in Oak Park and graduating to Chicago this past season. The Pirates of Penzance completes our 4th season, and it will be a fun, zany, colorful, and child-like production.
Below is more information on The Pirates of Penzance:
A two-act comic opera created by Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert, The Pirates of Penzance was the first opera to ever have its official debut within the United States. Premiering on December 31st, 1879, the show was incredibly popular and well received by the public. The story revolves around a young man named Fredric, who is comically-bound in an apprenticeship to a merry band of pirates due to a technicality regarding his birthday. Things only become more complicated for Frederic when he meets Mabel and falls in love with her. Twenty-eight musical numbers are sprinkled across the hilarity-ensued pair of acts within The Pirates of Penzance.
Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic opera is packed full of sentimental pirates, blundering policemen, head strong maidens, absurd adventures, and improbable paradoxes!
Frederic, a pirate’s apprentice, falls head-over-heels in love with Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley. Frederic is due to be released from his pirate apprenticeship on his 21st birthday, but there’s a snag! Born on February 29th of leap year means that he is technically still a youngster. Although very much in love, his dedication is unshakeable. Can he find a way to live happily-ever-after with Mabel? Or will he stay with his pirate pals and follow his sense of duty?
Saltbox’s rendition of The Pirates of Penzance with feature a cast of 30+ actors and a small, live orchestra featuring piano, and percussion.
The Pirates of Penzance will be directed by Brian Fruits.