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'The Pirates of Penzance' opens in Staples

Photo provided Don Hoffmann, as one of the police officers fighting the pirates for the honor of the lovely maidens, wonders how he got this pirate sword and where is his billy club?

Pirates and swordfights and lovely daughters and Keystone Cops and young love.

You'll find all this and more at Lamplighter Community Theatre's production of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic light opera, "The Pirates of Penzance" at Centennial Auditorium in Staples.

"This slapstick comic opera entails a large amount of singing and an even greater amount of physical humor," said director Pam Quance Harris. Harris sang the role of Ruth in the Northern Light Opera Company's production in 2003 in Park Rapids.

Performances are set for Thursday through Sunday, June 23-26, and Wednesday through Friday, June 29, 30 and July 1. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. except for the matinee Sunday, June 26, which begins at 2:30 p.m. All tickets are general seating and doors will open 45 minutes before the show begins.

Tickets are available at First International Bank & Trust in Staples and Motley; at Unity Bank in Staples and Motley; at the Staples World or by calling (218) 894-1112.

The story centers around Frederic, the pirate apprentice who is about to be freed from his indentured period. The honorable Frederic, who was mistakenly apprenticed to the pirates by his partially deaf nursemaid Ruth, has decided to leave the pirate life.

Now a free man, Frederic leaves for the shore. He has never seen a woman besides Ruth and instantly falls in love with Mabel, one of the daughters of Major General Stanley. Soon though, the pirates arrive and want to marry the rest of Major General Stanley's daughters.

Major General Stanley enlists the help of the police to stop the pirates. Although Frederic wants to help, he discovers that due to a technicality, he is still bound by duty to remain an apprentice to the pirates.

Jeff Iverson is conducting the pit orchestra of 17 musicians.

The cast includes: Paul Anderson as Major General Stanley; Andrew Stoneking as the Pirate King; Michael Rohr as Samuel, the Pirate King's second; Jacob Denning as Frederic, the Pirate Apprentice; Justin Edin as Sergeant of Police; and Kathy Iverson as Ruth, the Pirate Maid-of-all-work.

Major General Stanley's wards include: Maggie Boland as Mabel, Rebecca Harris as Edith, Tera Weyer as Kate and Lynnea Iverson as Isabel.

Other wards are Carrie Johnson, Kari Erickson, Brianna Granby, Emily Granby, Kali Klimeck, Jamie Peterson, Emma Kinnesten and Trista Koppes.

Pirates are Mike Gold, Philip Smithley, Dan Carter, Hayden Lintner and Colton Paskewitz.

Police officers are Jared Peterson, Ryan Carter, Nick Trout and Don Hoffman.