The Pirates of Penzance JR.

The Pirates of Penzance JR.
A hilarious farce with sentimental pirates, dim-witted young lovers and an eccentric Major-General, based on the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta.

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 21st 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!

The Pirates Of Penzance JR. is a light, comic introduction to the work of Gilbert and Sullivan, featuring opportunities for singing as an ensemble or in small groups, with vocal parts written in unison or simple two-part harmony.

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Concert Selections for The Pirates of Penzance

Concert Selections are original Broadway orchestrations and exciting new symphonic arrangements of select songs for use in concert performances. Concert Selections are the perfect way to give audiences a taste of the musical theatre experience without the sets, props and costumes.

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  • OVERTURE ("PIRATES OF PENZANCE")
    From
    PIRATES OF PENZANCE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Starting Key
    Db
    Estimated duration
    50 sec
    Music by
    SIR ARTHUR SEYMOUR SULLIVAN
    Arranged by
    WILLIAM ELLIOTT
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1, 1 Red 2a, 1 Reed 2b, 1 Reed 3, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trombone, 1 Bass 1, 1 Percusion 1, 1 Percussion 2, 1 Percussion 3, 1 Keyboard 1/Conductor, 1 Keyboard 2
  • WITH CAT-LIKE TREAD
    From
    PIRATES OF PENZANCE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Starting Key
    D
    Estimated duration
    3 min 50 sec
    Music by
    SULLIVAN, ARTHUR
    Lyrics by
    GILBERT, WILLIAM
    Instrumentation
    1 Bass 1 (acoustic), 1 Bass 2 (Fender), 2 Keyboard 1/Conductor(Piano) 1 Keyboard 2 (RMI/Celeste), 1 Reed 1 (Flute & Piccolo), 1 Reed 2A (Clarinet), 1 Reed 2B (Clarinet), 1 Reed 3 (Bassoon), 2 Trumpets 1&2, 1 Trombone, 1 Percussion 1, 1 Percussion 2, 1 Percussion 3, 25 Chorus Books
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Our youth theatre group is considering Pirates of Penzance Jr. for our next season. I've been watching the movie and listening to the music and trying to figure out if it will work for us. We are heavily dependent on our school sales to support the company's productions, and I'm trying to imagine our grade school students coming to see this, and struggling a bit. I LOVE this musical - I think it's terrific; but I'm uncertain how young audiences will react. I have sent off for the perusal package to hear it and get a better sense, but would be grateful for feedback. We just did Peter Pan and had kindergarteners and grade 1 students flocking to our doors - who am I really targeting at our schools if we take this on? Is it going to work with the younger grades, and if so, do I need to make a package for them to prepare for it? I'd be grateful to hear of others' experiences.
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