Pirates of Penzance, featuring adults, is a classic Gilbert and Sullivan musical comedy about a rollicking band of kind-hearted pirates seeking adventure and conquest. Complete with mistaken identities, keystone cops and star-crossed romance, Pirates of Penzance has been a “Must See” theater favorite for nearly 125 years!
Heading up a stellar cast, CAT Alumni and now stand-up comic Matt Eden takes on the roll as the Pirate King. Samuel Rodriguez, last seen in the title role as Will Rogers in Will Rogers’ Follies, plays the dutiful yet love struck Frederic. Bringing a fresh, hilarious attitude and direction to the show is Cyndi Monroe, Artistic Director of CAT. Vocal director is Orange County High School of the Arts and Rancho Cucamonga Academy of Music instructor Elizabeth Thomas, and multiple Inland Theatre League Award winning choreographer Hollee Hennebelle Cool returns as choreographer.
The entire family will enjoy this spectacularly ridiculous opera, opening Friday, August 3rd at 7:30 p.m. and running for 6 performances.
The pirates offer a toast to Frederic. Now that Frederic is twenty-one and his apprenticeship over, the men assume that he will join their band permanently. Ruth, a ‘piratical maid of all work’, explains that, as Frederic’s nursery maid, she had been instructed by his father to have the boy apprenticed to a pilot, but she misheard and instead took Frederic to a pirate. Her shame upon realizing her error led her to join the pirate band herself.
Now that his obligation to the pirates has ended, duty compels Frederic to devote himself to destroying them. When the men admit their inability to make piracy pay, Frederic explains that they are themselves slaves to their tender hearts, particularly regarding their refusal to take advantage of anyone they believe to be an orphan. [...]
Several girls descend to the shore, delighting in their surroundings. They are astonished to encounter Frederic and horrified to hear that he is a pirate. He assures them that he has just abandoned that profession More…
All performances are at the beautiful and historic Corona Civic Theater, 815 W 6th Street in Corona [MAP]. For more information on both of these shows, please visit CatCorona.org or call the CAT office at (951) 279-2298 for more information. We hope that you join us this summer for a great time in the theater!