Quote of the Day: lyrics from I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General

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The Pirates of Penzance is probably the most well-known of the Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. These lyrics pop up all over popular culture, and I’ve seen Pirates staged a couple of times. The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company traditionally stages one show per year, in the spring. They’re adding a fall production this year with an excellent choice. Performances start on Friday, Nov. 4 and run through Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022.

Seth Tychon Steidl as Frederic and Anna Maher as Mabel. Photo: provided by GSVLOC
Cover Photo: Waldyn Benbenek as The Pirate King and Seth Tychon Steidl as Frederic

This production will be directed by Gary Briggle, with choreography by Penelope Freeh and Music Direction by Dr. Randal Buikema.

All performances will be at the Howard Conn Fine Arts Center, at Plymouth Congregational Church, located at 1900 Nicollet Avenue South, in Minneapolis. Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 7:30 pm. The Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2:00 pm. (Parking is free in the church lot.)

The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company always does a wonderful job of staging these fun operettas. They’re light, accessible, and filled with quirky characters and a sweet storyline. Please, visit their website for tickets and full cast list. I’ll be reviewing the show on the second weekend, so I wanted to get the word out early in this post. This is a great show to introduce yourself or a young person to the fast and quirky lyrics and antics of Gilbert & Sullivan, or revisit it, as it is a favorite of many theater goers and music lovers!

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Journaling Prompt: What’s your favorite pirate, or pirate story?