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Composed by Gilbert & Sullivan

Set sail with this classic comic operetta fit for all ages. Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance has everything—whimsical melodies, hilariously memorable characters, and one of the most terrific earworms of all time, “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General.” It’s no surprise it has been beloved since 1878! Frederic is ready to resign from his life of piracy upon his 21st birthday, but fate is determined to alter his course. Add the undying affection of a girl, a long-winded but well-intentioned father, a band of merry pirates set on finding sweethearts of their own, and the resulting confection is pitch-perfect pandemonium. Virginia Opera’s colorful production makes for an ideal outing for arts lovers young and old. Sung in English with English surtitles.

This performance is appropriate for all ages.

Prices: $110, $70, $40, half-price for youth through Grade 12

Run Time: 2 hours 30 minutes, including intermission

Performance Program
The program for this performance will be available the week of the event. View or download digital program.

Before the Performance
A pre-performance discussion will take place in Monson Grand Tier, which is located on the third level of the Center for the Arts Lobby, 45 minutes prior to curtain.

Free Tickets for Mason Students
A limited quantity of free student tickets will be available for each event. Learn more.

Photo credit: Ken Howard

This program is sponsored by The Mather.