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How Do You Produce The Pirates of Penzance?

Gilbert and Sullivan's famous comic operetta The Pirates of Penzance requires a cast of many, singing and dancing to lavish orchestral accompaniment in multi-layered Victorian costumes on a stage with a vast, ornate set. "It draws on so many sources," says Ellen Kaplan, professor of theater, who directs the production. The Pirates of Penzance will open on Thursday, April 14, with performances Friday and Saturday, April 15-16 (including a 2 p.m. matinee April 16) and Thursday-Saturday, April 21-23, at 8 p.m. in Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts.