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Opera on the GO! Sensory Friendly Program

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  • Saturday, October 29, 2016
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • Sally S. Levy Opera Center
  • $10 for general admission tickets

Join Opera Theatre of Saint Louis for a fun, engaging 70 minutes of Movement and Stage Make-Up Workshops, both with audience participation, followed by an abbreviated performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious The Pirates of Penzance. The performance features current and former Gerdine Young Artists with piano accompaniment. It is recommended for students in grades 3-10 and is tailored for young people with sound sensitivities. A “quiet room” and pacing lanes will be available. Space is limited to 60 participants.


About the Story:  Set on the rocky coast of Cornwall, England, The Pirates of Penzance begins with a band of tender-hearted pirates who are celebrating the birthday of one of their own, Frederic, who has reached his 21st year. He meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and the two young people fall instantly in love. Frederic soon learns, however, that he was born on the 29th of February, and so, technically, he has a birthday only once each leap year. His indenture specifies that he remain apprenticed to the pirates until his "twenty-first birthday", meaning that he must serve for another 63 years!  Bound by his own sense of duty, Frederic's only solace is that Mabel agrees to wait for him faithfully.

Special thanks to the Education Department of the St. Louis Repertory Theater and Easterseals Midwest.