The Pirates of Penzance
St. Ambrose University
Galvin Fine Arts Center
Friday, June 14, 2019
Sunday, June 16, 2019
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Genesius Guild, Opera@Augustana, Opera Quad Cities, and the St. Ambrose University Music Department have combined resources to present Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” ” in Allaert Auditorium at St. Ambrose University's Galvin Fine Arts Center.
Dr. Nathan Windt, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities for St. Ambrose University, will conduct, while Dr. Michelle Crouch, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at Augustana College, will provide stage direction. Opera Quad Cities will serve as the overall production producer. Media sponsorship is provided by WVIK 90.3 FM.
In this Gilbert & Sullivan classic, a band of happy pirates celebrates the coming of age of Frederic, who has been with them since he was a lad. Frederic announces that he is leaving them, as he was only a pirate out of duty. After he leaves them, he promises to dedicate himself to their destruction, as he loathes being a pirate. He’s also hopeful that he will find a woman to marry who is at least as pretty as his matronly nurse, Ruth, who tries her best throughout the opera to persuade him to stick with her as the finest woman he’ll ever meet. Her candidacy is weakened when the daughters of a Major General wander into the neighbourhood on a picnic, and when the Major makes his appearance, a great deal of hilarity ensues as various pretenses are rehearsed in the quest to determine whether or not the pirates—who are really just poor orphans (or are they?)—are appropriate matrimonial candidates for his daughters.
A stalwart posse of policemen are summoned in the second act to assist Frederic in bringing the pirates to justice, and for a brief moment all looks to be lost for matrimonial happiness. However, fickle breezes blow in favor of the pirates, who are saved in the end by their undying loyalty to their Queen, and all is resolved to everyone’s satisfaction.