The Pirates of Penzance



October 2 – 4, 9 – 11, 16 – 18 & 23 – 24, 2015


Written by W. S. Gilbert
Composed by Arthur Sullivan
Director: Mary Moebius
Musical Director: Nancy A. Seel
Assistant Music Director: Rachelle Moyer Francis
Choreographer: Mary Best


The Pirates of Penzance is a comic opera with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W.S. Gilbert. The light-hearted story concerns Frederic, who, having completed his 21st year, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates. He meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and the two young people fall instantly in love. Comic complications ensue which threaten to keep the lovers apart, until the inevitable happy ending. We meet the charismatic Pirate King and a cadre of comical cops, and heat such famous tunes as 'Poor Wandering One' and the much-parodied 'Major General's Song'. Pirates was performed for over a century by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in Britain. Pirates remains popular today, taking it place along The Mikado and H.M.S. Pinafore as one of the most frequently played Gilbert and Sullivan operas.


Mary Moebius is a Life Member of Aurora Players. Previous Players' productions that she has directed include H.M.S. Pinafore, Me and My Girl, The Dining Room, and Same Old Moon. She is a Players' Best Actress Award winner for performances in Funny Girl, The Music Man, and 110 In The Shade. She's performed with the Irish Classical Theater, Alleyway Theater, New Phoenix Theater, Ujima Theater, Buffalo United Artists, and O'Connell & Company, often in their long-running Diva By Diva.


Tickets can be reserved by calling (716) 687-6727 weekdays – 9 AM to 11 AM, 1:30 PM to 4 PM, and 6 PM to 9 PM; weekends and holidays – 9 AM to 9 PM.  Reserved tickets will be held at the box office until 15 minutes prior to curtain time.


Show Times
Friday & Saturday performances begin at 8:00
Sunday performances begin at 2:30



Ticket Prices:
Adults - $12
Seniors (62 and over) - $11
Students (18 and under) - $11