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EDUCATION MATINEE – 2017-18 – Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance
Feb 20 – 28, 2018

By W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
Adapted and Directed by Doug Scholz-Carlson
Musical Direction by Denise Prosek


Recommended Grade Level: 7-12

Setting: Victorian Era

Suggested Areas of Study and Discussion: Elements of Comedy: Satire vs. Parody, British Monarchy and Class System, Comic Operetta, Patter Songs, Victorian Era, Comparison to Grand Opera, Influence on Musical Theatre, Steampunk, Movements of Style as Political Protest.

The Story: You and your students will enjoy this fresh take on Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular and enduring work. In this adaptation, famed British theatrical partners Gilbert and Sullivan are on a steamer bound for the New York premiere of their new hit – a roaring farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, and hopeful young lovers. Unfortunately, they’ve left the score at home in London! They scramble to recreate the show with only the clothes in their trunks and their shipmates for a cast and orchestra. Experience all the memorable music, topsy-turvy adventures and witty wordplay you love in this hilarious steampunk operetta. Music teachers will find great learning opportunities in comparing and contrasting Sullivan’s melodies with the music of traditional Grand Opera. English teachers will delight in exploring the word-driven style of Gilbert’s lyrics and patter songs, which strongly influenced modern musical theatre.

Performance Length: 2 ½ hours (Including Intermission)

Location: Park Square’s Proscenium Stage

study guide – view/download

Park Square Theatre Study Guides are created for teachers by teachers to introduce students to the world of the play. The guides contain a plot summary, character information, and activities and articles that help establish the historical, literary and cultural context of the play. Study Guides are designed to be classroom-ready, allowing educators to duplicate materials for easy distribution to students.

Most matinees 10 am – some later by arrangement.
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Please contact Quinn Shadko
Phone: 651.291.9196

Student Matinee Ticket Pricing

Student Tickets: $15
Chaperone Tickets: One free for every 20 students (Additional chaperones $15)

  • To assist you with your planning we can divide your school’s invoice into two easy payments.*
  • Payments can be made by check or credit card
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  • Please note that Park Square Theatre cannot accept individual checks from students

 *dependent on time of booking

Please contact Quinn Shadko
Phone: 651.291.9196

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