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The Pirates of Penzance

Date: October 28, 2011
Phone: 269-471-3560

Andrews University’s Department of Music will present a dramatic production of The Pirates of Penzance, by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, featuring vocal majors from the department. Directed by Julia Lindsay, assistant professor of music, there are three opportunities to catch a performance at the Howard Performing Arts Center:
     8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5
     3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 6
     7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 6
This comic opera follows Frederic, a young man accidently placed in apprenticeship to tenderhearted pirates by his partially deaf nurse who heard “pirate” when her master instructed “pilot.” Having completed his 21st year of apprenticeship, Frederic is released from the pirates and soon falls in love with Mabel, the daughter of Major General Stanley. However, after discovering he was born on February 29, and consequently has a birthday only each leap year, Frederic realizes that he must technically serve until his 21st birthday—an additional 63 years away. Frederic’s sole consolation is that Mabel promises to wait for him.
Tickets to see The Pirates of Penzance are $10 for general admission, $8 for senior citizens, and free to students with ID and children age 12 and under. For tickets, call the Howard Box Office at 269-471-3560. For more information, please contact Julia Lindsay by phone at 269-240-5621 or email

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