The Star Players Inc. presents “The Pirates of Penzance” beginning this weekend at the Star Theatre.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and May 4-5 and 2 p.m. Sunday and May 6.
Set in the late 1870s on the coast of Cornwall, England, during Queen Victoria’s reign, Frederic is a 21-year-old mistakenly apprenticed to a pirate band rather than a river pilot as his late parents had instructed. He has never seen a woman before and is affected by a keen sense of duty as an apprenticed pirate until his 21st birthday frees him from his articles of indenture.
On the shores, he meets Mabel and the two young people fall instantly in love. Frederic soon finds out, however, that he was born on Feb. 29 and so technically he only has a birthday each leap year and must serve his apprenticeship for another 63 years. Frederic’s only solace is that Mabel agrees to wait for him until he is free.
“The Pirates of Penzance” was Gilbert and Sullivan’s fifth collaboration of shows for the stage and first of theirs to premier in the United States.
The show is directed by David Bacon. The cast includes Ronald Boyd as Major General Stanley, Kenneth Bather as the Pirate King, Graham Treadway as Samuel, Andy Lavery as Fredric, Jim Kitzler as Sergeant of Police, Andrea Schneider as Mabel, Kate Niederkohr as Edith, Jordan Treadway as Kate, Lauren Miller as Isabel, Kathleen Bather as Ruth, Dillon Barto, Tom Griffin, Nick Vaughn and Mark Niederkohr as policemen and Alex Barth, Jim Kitzler, Joe Godinez, Greg Moon and Tom Griffin as pirates.
Crew members include Gary and Ruth McCreary and Alec Bacon, sound; Judy Schuler and Laurie Lavery, stage manager and assistant director; Laura Bacon, Marilyn Bohs and Judy Schuler, costumes; Jonathan Miller and Lisa Andres, set; Laura Bacon and Jan Stoneburner, tickets; David Arter, pianist; Kara Rettick, violin; Connie Wall, bassoon; Cheryl Coakley, trombone; Bette Snyder, cello; Vickie Gottfried, trumpet; and Scott Duress and Seth Sprang, drums.
Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members.