University of Dubuque Department of Fine and Performing Arts and Drama Club to present Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance

Apr 7, 2014 | Kristi Lynch

University of Dubuque music and theatre students will present The Pirates of Penzance, a comic opera written by Gilbert and Sullivan on Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 3 at 2:00 p.m. in John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center.  The production will be directed by University of Dubuque’s Director of Theatre Arts, Amy Ressler.

WHO:            Department of Fine and Performing Arts

WHAT:          The Pirates of Penzance

WHEN:          Thursday, May 1, 2014 7:30 p.m.

                     Friday, May 2, 2014 7:30 p.m.

                     Saturday, May 3, 2014 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:        John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center

TICKETS:      $10/adults, $5/students/children, free for UD faculty/staff/students

Upon his twenty-first birthday, young pirate apprentice Frederic is freed from his indentured servitude with the notorious Pirates of Penzance, having been mistakenly apprenticed to them by his partially-deaf nursemaid, Ruth.  Now a free man, Frederic leaves for the shore to rejoin civilization and immediately meets and falls in love with Mabel, a young, beautiful daughter of Major-General Stanley.  Much to the dismay of the rest of the Major-General’s daughters, the Pirate King and his band of scalawags arrive on shore and threaten to marry them all.  Major-General Stanley enlists the help of Frederic and the local police to stop the pirates, but due to an unexpected “technicality,” Frederic must decide between his unrelenting sense of duty and his intense love for Mabel.

The University of Dubuque Department of Fine and Performing Arts involves over one hundred students in its productions and ensembles, including such groups as UD Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Gospel Choir, Chamber Singers, Jazz Ensemble, Ensemble Theatre Company, Dance Company, Spartaneous Improv, and more. The department holds ten to twelve performances per semester that include original plays, improv nights, concerts, recitals, musicals, and more.  For more information on the fine and performing arts at UD, visit

Tickets for The Pirates of Penzance are available at Heritage Center’s Farber Box Office, Monday through Friday from 12:00 noon - 5:30 p.m., 2255 Bennett Street; by phone at 563-585-SHOW; or online at