Making its first appearance at the Performing Arts Center’s Cohan Center, Cal Poly Arts presents Opera A La Carte performing Gilbert & Sullivan’s beloved comic masterpiece, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, at 8 pm on Saturday, May 11, 2013.

A rollicking band of pirates, a bevy of giggling maidens and their “very model of a modern Major-General” father – along with a dashing pirate apprentice, a fading nursemaid and a bunch of blundering policemen – are the key ingredients for the charmingly ridiculous plot of The Pirates of Penzance.

The Los Angeles Times called Opera A La Carte’s Pirates… “bright and fresh…with a youthful company that treated ‘Pirates’ as newly minted.”

The production, complete with colorful chorus and live orchestra, will be conducted by Opera A La Carte’s music director, Marco Mejia.

Founded in 1970 by noted British G&S scholar and artist Richard Sheldon, Opera A La Carte is constantly winning new audiences and earning recognition as the foremost Gilbert and Sullivan touring repertory company in the country.  The Pasadena-based national touring company is especially known for the authentic style of its productions, as well as the high caliber of its artists.

This is Gilbert and Sullivan at its best – audiences won’t want to miss this popular show, performed by an outstanding professional company.

A pre-show lecture led by Cal Poly Music Dept. professor Jacalyn Kreitzer will be held at 7 p.m. in the PAC’s Philips Recital Hall.

Student and adult tickets for the performance range from $30 to $64 and may be purchased in advance at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, Tuesday – Saturday, noon to 6 p.m, located on Grand Avenue on the Cal Poly campus.

Order by phone:  805/756-4TIX (4849) or order online at www.calpolyarts.org.

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