The Pirates of Penzance

Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 7:30pm POSTPONED; NEW DATE TBA

Music by Arthur Sullivan Libretto by W.S. Gilbert The Pirates of Penzance sail to shore and celebrate Frederic’s 21st birthday. Now that he’s an adult, Frederic decides to become a law-abiding citizen. He discovers Mabel and the Wards playing by the seashore. Frederic asks if anyone might like to marry him and Mabel says she would! Suddenly, Ruth and the pirates appear and begin to kidnap the wards in order to turn them into pirates. Mabel’s father, the Major General, enters and convinces the pirates NOT to take away his family because he’s an orphan and would be lonely. The pirates – who are all orphans – give in and cheer him up by making him an honorary pirate.

The Major General confesses to Mabel and Frederic that he’s not really an orphan, but is afraid to tell the pirates, and hopes that the Constables will scare them away. Ruth and the Pirate King find Frederic and explain that he’s only had five birthdays because he was born in “leap year.” That means he must is still be a pirate! He rushes off to join the pirates and Mabel gathers the Constables. The pirates hide. Mabel and the wards scamper in and the pirates grab them. The King announces that the wards must now become pirates! The Constables appear and bravely demand that the pirates surrender in the name of the Queen. Being loyal subjects, the pirates immediately surrender. Everyone shakes hands. Mabel and Frederic are reunited.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

*Danis Wilson Apprentice Artist



Virginia Hesse


Adam Hollick

Pirate King

Kathryn Cowdrick


Joseph Michael Brent


Neal Woodruff

Major-General Stanley

William Boggs


Eric Gibson

Stage Director

Kiara Durbin


Andrea Bickford


Emily Holguin


Curtis Storm


Lorenzo Butler


Alexandra Billhartz


Laura Snyderman


Emily Hughes


Olivia Rood


Brian Tuohey


Kevin Kohn


Aaron Newsome


Noah Campbell-White


Daren Stahl


Madelyn Low


Schedule & Tickets

Please order your tickets by clicking the ticket button below. You will be able to request a specific seat and seats will be assigned to each patron and emailed to you. We will be following social distancing precautions and seating parties a few feet apart to maintain six feet apart between parties. We want everyone to be safe and enjoy our performance of Pirates of Penzance. Therefore, we are taking the following social distancing precautions:

-We will sell a limited number of tickets to maintain social distancing requirements. The auditorium seats 630 but we will only sell approximately 200 seats.

-We will assign seating to patrons to maintain physical distance while patrons are seated, leaving rows or seats empty around specific parties of people.

-We ask all patrons to wear a mask upon entry of the auditorium, in the lobby and hallways and the bathrooms. Once you have arrived at your seat and you are in six feet or more of physical distance, patrons may remove their masks if they wish.

-We will ask patrons to use hand sanitizer before entering the auditorium

-We will limit the number of people who are in the bathrooms at any one time.

-We will enter through one door and exit through a different door.

-We will not offer concessions.

-If our performance must be cancelled due to COVID-19, we will give refunds. Refunds will only be offered if we cancel. Refunds will not given to a patron who decides to cancel.

The Pirates of Penzance

This performance has been POSTPONED. New Date TBA.

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Venues & Directions

Kankakee High School Auditorium1200 W. Jeffrey St.
Kankakee, IL 60901