Frederic is the best pirate of the bunch, but that's not saying much. They're a soft-hearted lot, allowing any victim who claims to be an orphan to go unharmed. Frederic — himself an orphan — takes everything much more seriously, to the point that when he's released from servitude on his 21st birthday, he vows to destroy his now-former comrades by any means necessary. His plan is foiled by two occurrences: First, the meets Mabel, the lovely daughter of the major-general, and is suddenly terribly distracted; Second, the Pirate King discovers Frederic was born on February 29, which means he's only had five birthdays, and is thus still bound to the crew. What's a poor orphan have to do to escape a life of piracy and enjoy life with the girl of his dreams? In Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance
, the answer is always found through silly songs. The Union Avenue Opera opens its sixteenth season with its first ever fully staged production of The Pirates of Penzance
at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (July 9 through 17) and once more at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 18, at Union Avenue Christian Church (733 North Union Boulevard; 314-361-2881 or www.unionavenueopera.org
). Tickets are $30 to $52.
Fridays, Saturdays; Sun., July 18. Starts: July 9. Continues through July 17, 2010