ColumbusBlack on Blast interview with Eric Gibson of Opera Project Columbus–“Pirates of Penzance”

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Our Founder Kevin Lloyd interviews Eric Gibson of Opera Project Columbus to discuss the upcoming performance of Pirates of Penzance on June 21st and 23rd.


About Pirates of Penzance:

The Pirates of Penzance centers around Frederic, an apprentice to a band of tender-hearted pirates. When Frederic turns 21, he is released from his apprenticeship and sets out to begin his new life. He meets the daughters of Major-General Stanley, including Mabel, and the two young people fall instantly in love. Frederic however learns that he was born on the 29th of February, Leap Year, and the terms of his apprenticeship which were miscommunicated by his nursemaid, specifically stated he remain with the pirates until his “21st birthday,” not 21 years of age. Technically, he has a birthday only once every four years on leap day, which means he must serve for another 63 years. Bound by his own sense of duty, Frederic’s only solace is that Mabel agrees to faithfully wait for him. More hijinks ensue as the story continues with everyone hoping for a happy ending!

The Pirates of Penzance is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. Its official premiere was at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York City, December 31, 1879, and its London debut was April 3, 1880, at the Opera Comique, where it ran for 363 performances. The Pirates of Penzance remains a frequently referenced and recognized work by Gilbert and Sullivan.

Many will recognize the Major-General’s aria, “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General”. The challenging and witty patter has proved irresistible and continues to be parodied and imitated.

The Pirates of Penzance is a family friendly performance, and we hope to see audience members of all ages at our shows.

We are offering up to 2 $12 children’s tickets (12 and under) with an adult ticket purchase.



Rick Seeney

Rick Seeney

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