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Opera Workshop Presents ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ Featuring a Family-Friendly Evening of Music, Activities

October 15, 2015

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Opera Workshop at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will present Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” on Thursday, Oct. 29, and Friday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

During this family-friendly evening of music, attendees are invited to join in the pre-show pirate-themed activities, including a photo booth, treasure treat bags for children, and more. Following the show, there will be an opportunity for attendees to visit and take pictures with the cast in full costume.

“It's a wonderful introduction to opera for a younger audience or for those that have never had a chance to experience a live opera,” said Cassi McNabb, Visiting Professional Assistant Professor of Music. “The students are fantastic and have worked really hard. The run time is only a little over an hour; expect to see a really funny show with some first rate singers and musicians from our University Orchestra.”

The plot centers on the dilemma of young Frederic who, as a child, was mistakenly apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday. Since he was born in a leap year on February 29, he is honor bound to remain a pirate until the distant date of 1940 – despite his moral objection to piracy. Helping Frederic to deal with this unusual predicament are the brash Pirate King, Ruth (the pirate maid-of-all-work), romantic Mabel, and the delightfully stuffy Major-General Stanley.

Tickets will be available at the door and are $10 for adults; and $5 for students. For more information, contact Cassi McNabb at; or call 361.825.2553.