With the exception of disputed pro-football coin tosses and extreme debate clubs, the stage remains the only venue where arguments are regularly settled with a sword fight. Behold a dramatic settling of differences with this GrouponLive deal to any performance of The Pirates of Penzance, presented by the King of Prussia Players at the Shannondell at Valley Forge Performing Arts Center in Audubon on March 2-4 and March 8-10. Choose between the following options:
- For $12, you get two general-admission tickets (up to a $30 value).
- For $20, you get four general-admission tickets (up to a $60 value).<p>
Penned by famed operetta collaborators Gilbert and Sullivan, The Pirates of Penzance weaves a wacky satire of Victorian mores encountering a pirates’ code. The show follows the travails of former pirate apprentice Frederic as he struggles with the duty to to annihilate his former band, his love for the beautiful Mabel, and the many demands upon his overdeveloped sense of honor. With its ineffectually merciful buccaneers, an erudite but unqualified major-general, and a band of morally relativistic policemen, the show’s plot keeps laughs flowing as adeptly as a professional hyena tickler.
Arthur Sullivan’s vibrant score combines musical-theater verve with technical mastery inspired by the Romantic greats while W.S. Gilbert’s libretto keeps laugh valves open with such memorable patter songs as “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General.” The King of Prussia Players’ community-sourced cast and crew give the piece a lavish setting, treating the eyes to moody marine backdrops, ornate props, and elaborate costumes surrounding more than two dozen singers and dancers.