The Pirates of Penzance at the Ordway

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE is a comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan. The story tells of Frederic, a boy who has been released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates on his 21st year. He meets the daughter of a Major-General and falls in love. However, Frederic finds out he was born on leap year so technically he is bound to the pirates longer than expected. He and Mabel agree to wait for each other faithfully as he serves his duty.


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The leading men, Brandon O’Neill (Pirate King) and Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (Frederic) were powerful. Both has strong voices that left lasting impressions. Kersten Rodau who played Ruth was funny, playful and a joy to watch. One of my favorite moments of the show was when the pirates and police sang “With Cat-like Tread”. Their harmonies were beautiful. The wards were winsome and delicate. They all sounded lovely together and were completely in synch.


Costumes by Lynda L. Salsbury were magnificent; everyone looked perfect for the period piece. The almost twenty piece orchestra made the puzzle complete. There were many times where I was tapping my feet and smiling ear-to-ear. The audience was very engaged as well and seemed to be having a wonderful time. The show was truly special and reminded me why I love musical theater so much.


THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE runs now through August 16th at the Ordway in St. Paul. For details, take a look at their website here:


Rating: To Be

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