Boone players to stage ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ starting Thursday

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The Boone Community Theatre production of "The Pirates of Penzance" will open Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. on National Talk Like A Pirate Day. Photo courtesy Boone Community Theatre

The Boone Community Theatre will present “The Pirates of Penzance,” a comic opera first produced in 1879 and written by W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, beginning this Thursday on National Talk Like a Pirate Day.

“The Pirates of Penzance” tells the story of Frederic, a young pirate apprentice who has come to the end of his indentured period. Frederic decides to leave the pirate life forever and, although he loves his comrades dearly, devote his life to the extermination of their kind.

Once upon the shore, Frederic stumbles upon a bevy of beautiful maidens and immediately falls in love with the most beautiful of the bunch, Mabel, who graciously offers to reclaim the “Poor Wandering One.”

The Boone Community Theatre production will open Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m., on National Talk Like A Pirate Day. The theater will give a $5 discount to any audience member who comes dressed in a pirate costume.

Remaining performances are at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, Saturday, Sept. 21 and Friday, Sept. 27. A matinee will offered at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.

This production will be staged “in the round” at First Presbyterian Church, 703 Greene St. in Boone. Tickets are available at the Boone Community Theatre website or at the door and cost $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens over the age of 65 and youths and students under the age of 18 or with a valid school ID through a college or university.

Groups of 10 person or more are eligible for a 10 percent discount on ticket prices.

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