1 Act, Book Musical, Thru Sung / Operetta, Rated G
Broadway Junior Version
A hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, dim-witted young lovers, and an eccentric Major-General. (60 Minute Version for Young Performers)
Set sail with this classic comedy that boasts one of the most famous patter songs in musical theatre history. The wit and whimsy of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic score is suffused with a modern sensibility in The Pirates Of Penzance JR. a swashbuckling musical journey!
Set on the rocky coast of Cornwall, England, The Pirates Of Penzance JR. begins with a group of pirates who are celebrating the birthday of one of their own, Frederic, who has reached his twenty-first year. Finally having served the full length of his required time with the pirates, he decides to strike off on his own and become an upstanding citizen - which may even mean bringing the pirates to justice. Thus turns out to be a tricky prospect indeed, especially when Frederic's freedom is called into question!
As a light comic introduction to operatic themes, The Pirates Of Penzance JR. makes Gilbert and Sullivan easy to produce with young actors, featuring many opportunities for singing as an ensemble or in small groups, with vocal parts written in unison or simple two-part harmony. Featuring an expandable cast size, the show offers a great showcase for a large ensemble, with many great featured parts to showcase all levels of ability, include some great roles for performers with comedic skills. Your cast - and audiences too - are sure to be delighted by this musical, which is the very model of a comedic crowd-pleaser!
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The first play ever performed in North America, took place on a boat at Port Royal, Nova Scotia. The production, staged on November 16, 1606, was called Le Th'atre de Neptune en la Nouvelle-France.