Student performers prepare for tonight's production during dress rehearsals.

Comprised of flat-footed policemen, blushing maidens and pirates, Millersville University theater program and music department’s production of “The Pirates of Penzance” will debut today, November 1 at 7:30 p.m.

The story follows Frederic, a pirate apprentice, who was born on February 29 during a leap year and the complications that follow his birthdays. This show has been in development for more than a year.

“What makes this show unique is that it is an old piece and it’s very fun. It’s similar in humor to Saturday Night Live and Monty Python,” explained Tony Elliot, director of the production and associate professor of communication and theatre. “It was also chosen because it’s pirate-themed and after all, we are the Marauders.”

In total, there are 31 cast members, not including set designers, musical directors, a choreographer, stage mangers, stage crew members, musicians in the pit orchestra and additional help that contributed to the production’s success.

“My favorite moments of the show include the fight and dance scenes, which are at the finales of act one and two. There is a lot of chaos with everybody on stage,” shared Elliot.

Additional performances of “Pirates of Penzance” will be held on November 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. and November 4 at 2 p.m. All performances will take place in Clair Performance Hall at the Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center.

Tickets cost $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors and $5 with MU ID super saver, advance sales only at the Student Memorial Center. Tickets may be purchased online, at, at the Student Memorial Center Ticket Office (Room 103) or by calling the Ticket Office at 717- 872-3811. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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  1. The staging, choreography, superlative set design and sensational voices make this production worthy of a continued run. The entire performance is top of class and worthy of national recognition !

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