The Pirates of Penzance are back!

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

The Pirates of Penzance are back! And they're the perfect way to introduce your kids to operettas, classic musical theater and the zingy wit of Gilbert & Sullivan!

Opera Columbus presents The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players in The Pirates of Penzance at the Southern Theatre (21 E. Main St.). There will be a preview performance on Friday, March 7, at 8 p.m., and additional performances on Saturday, March 8, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m.

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 February 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 are the brash Pirate King, Ruth (the pirate maid-of-all-work), romantic Mabel, and the delightfully stuff Major-General Stanley.

Tickets are $38-$98 (preview tickets are $15 general admission seating) at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase by phone, call 614-469-0939 or 800-745-3000.

For more information about the show, go to http://www.operacolumbus.org/pirates.html.