EARLVILLE Ė The Earlville Opera House welcomes Gilbert and Sullivanís Pirates of Penzance for an EOH Benefit on Thursday or Friday evenings at 8 p.m., or Saturday matinee at 3 p.m.† This light opera and satire with infectious lyrics and melodies will leave you humming and singing the lyrics all night long.† Thereís a reason The Pirates of Penzance has been performed virtually non-stop since 1879 - itís so much darned fun.† No matter how serious-minded we might like to present ourselves as being, we canít help but giggle at a clever spoof.
Our story starts out on the rocky seashore of the coast of Cornwall where the pirates of Penzance are holding a sherry party to celebrate the apprentice Fredericís promotion to the status of full-blown pirate. As the story unfolds we learn that Frederic was apprenticed as a child to a band of tenderhearted, orphaned pirates by his nurse who, being hard of hearing, had mistaken her masterís instructions to apprentice the boy to a pilot. Frederic, upon completing his 21st year, rejoices that he has fulfilled his indentures and is now free to return to respectable society. But it turns out that he was born on February 29th in leap year, and he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday. By the end of the opera, the pirates, a Major General who knows nothing of military strategy, his large family of beautiful but unwed daughters, as well as a force of timid constabulary all contribute to one of the most popular and enduring works of musical theater.