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The Pirates of Penzance is a comic operetta by composers William S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, which opened during the Victorian Era in London, 1879. Satirical and irreverent, The Pirates of Penzance is a witty farce of tenderhearted pirates, a bungling police force, callow young lovers, dew-eyed daughters and an eccentric Major-General, all ridiculously bound to the order of honor and duty!

A robust cast of featured ensemble roles; pirates, daughters, and constables, is the mainstay of this timeless production.  Pirates of Penzance Jr is adapted for the youth stage and provides a unique experience for each performer to explore the wit of satirical exaggeration, comic confusion, classical styles of operetta, engage in stage combat, and create memorable characters in an ensemble, developing invaluable skills to grow as an actor.


The young pirate apprentice Frederic, who was mistakenly apprenticed to the Pirate King and his band of pirates (with a soft-spot for orphans) by his partially deaf nursemaid Ruth, is about to be freed from his indentured period - and has decided to leave the pirate life for good. Now a free man, Frederic, (who has never seen another woman besides Ruth), leaves for the shore and instantly falls in love with Mabel, one of the many daughters of Major General Stanley. Soon enough, the band of pirates arrive on shore, discover the daughters, and attempt to marry them all! Major General Stanley makes use of a clever ruse, and engages the help of a bungling brigade of constables to stop the pirates. Meanwhile, Frederic, although he desires to help Major General Stanley and the police protect the ladies, is informed of a paradoxical loophole in his terms of apprenticeship, and bound by his overwhelming sense of duty, he determines to remain loyal to the pirates. But, all is well in the end when it is discovered that the pirates have noble blood and would in fact be suitable husbands for Major General Stanley's daughters after all!



HELP WITH DIALECTS: Estuary, RP, Cockney



Prepare to sing from the selections below to the instrumental track. Tracks contain vocal track followed by instrumental track.  Try something challenging and fun!

GIRLS: Climbing Over Rocky Mountain, and at least one additional song from the options below.

BOYS: Oh, Better Far To Live and Die, A Modern Major General (give it a try!) and one additional song below.

ALL: Prepare to sing “The hills are alive with the sound of music, With songs they have sung for a thousand years” (from The Sound of Music)

Climbing Over Rocky Mountain - DAUGHTERS (females): Let us gaily tread the measure, make the most of fleeting leisure, hail it as a true ally, though it perish by and by. (Hail it as a true ally, though it perish by and by) Every moment brings a treasure of its own especial pleasure.  Though the moments quickly die, greet them gaily as they fly.  Greet them gaily as they fly.

Poor Wandering One - MABEL (females): Poor Wandering One! Though thou hast surely strayed.  Take heart of grace, thy steps retrace, Poor Wandering One!  Poor Wandering One!  If such a poor love as mine can help thee find true piece of mind, why take it, it is thine! (Poor Wandering One) Ah, Ah! Ah, Ah, Ah! (Poor Wandering One)  Ah, Ah! Ah, Ah, Ah!  Fair days will shine, take heart!  Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah… Take mine, take ~ Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah... Take mine!

When Frederic Was a Little Lad - RUTH (females):  When Frederic was a little lad, he proved so brave and daring.  His father thought he’d apprentice him to some career seafaring.  I was alas his nursery-maid and so it fell to my lot- to take and bind the promising boy- apprentice to a pilot.  A life not bad for a hardy lad though surely not a high lot.  Though I’m a nurse, you might do worse than make your son a pilot. I was a stupid nursery-maid on breakers always steering, and I did not catch the word aright through being hard of hearing.  Mistaking my instructions which within my brain did gyrate, I took and bound this promising boy…apprentice to a pirate!

A Modern Major General - MAJOR GENERAL STANLEY (males, females): I am the very model of a modern Major-General, I’ve information, vegetable, animal and mineral; I know the Kings of England and I quote the fights historical, from Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical; I’m very well acquainted too, with matters mathematical, I understand equations both the simple and quadratical, about binomal theorem I’m teeming with a lot of news, (pause) with many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse.

Oh, Better Far To Live and Die - PIRATES (males, females): Oh, better far to live and die under the brave black flag I fly, than play a sanctimonious part with a pirate head and a pirate heart. Away to the cheating world go you, where pirates all are well-to-do.  But I’ll be true to the song I sing and live and die a Pirate King.  For… I... am a Pirate King…and it is, it is a glorious thing to be a Pirate King! For, I am a Pirate King!  And it is, it is a glorious thing to be a Pirate King! It is! Hurrah for the Pirate King, hurrah for the Pirate King!

From the Sound of Music (EVERYONE): “The hills are alive with the sound of music, With songs they have sung for a thousand years”