The family-friendly comedy by Gilbert & Sullivan, "Pirates of Penzance" has it all. There is singing, dancing, sword fighting, and more than its share of pirates and damsels. And its playing free at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1102 S. Pearl St. in Tacoma.
The show opens this weekend and continues with performances through Aug. 3.
The quick-witted tale is directed by Erin Guinup and comes with a live orchestra and 40 actors from throughout the Puget Sound.
"Pirates of Penzance" tells the story of a pirate apprentice named Frederic, who decides to leave piracy when he turns 21 because his indentures are complete. His nursemaid tries to convince him to take her with him and marry her, but he soon falls in love with Mabel, the major general’s lovely daughter.
When the pirates return, they capture Mabel’s sisters and make plans to marry them against their will. The Major General then tells the false tale of being an orphan, and plays upon the gullible pirates’ sympathies.
The show is a unique opportunity to see musical theatre at a price anyone can afford. Tickets are free. Donations will not be solicited or accepted.
Performances will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 1-3 and on at 3 p.m. on Aug.3.
This production is presented by The Multi-Stake Cultural Arts Committee of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Past productions include: "A Christmas Carol," "Amahl and the Night Visitors," "Lamb of God," "Savior of the World," and "Handel’s Messiah."
Events on the calendar for later this year include: "A Christmas Carol," a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens classic tale, and "The Festival of the Nativity," featuring a community sing along of "Handel’s Messiah."