Pirates, ho!


Bellevue Society for the Arts is to present “The Pirates of Penzance” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Feb. 2 and 3 and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 4.

Tickets cost $12 for adults and $8 for adults age 60 and older and students through grade 12.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s farce follows young Frederic (Jared Bradley of Bellevue), an orphan who mistakenly has been apprenticed to an ineffectual but raucous band of pirates. He disavows the pirates’ way of life and falls for the beautiful Mabel (Leslie Childers of Bellevue). Frederic’s melodious tones win over the heart of Major-General Stanley’s songbird daughter, but when the Pirate King (Steve Koenig of Huron) discovers General Stanley (director Jimy Foreman of Whites Landing) has lied about being an orphan to keep the pirates from stealing all of his belongings and carrying off his bevy of beautiful daughters, an “ingenious paradox” may prevent the budding romance and lead to the death of “The Very Model of a Modern Major-General.”

Remaining cast members include Heidi Sarvis-Sapp of Berlin Heights (Ruth), Sarah Stamm of Clyde (Edith), Haley Shimer of Bellevue (Kate), Katherin Gauthier of Huron (Isabel), Emma Childers and Emily Schaffer of Bellevue and Savannah Hetrick of Oak Harbor (daughters); Adam Shanaman of Bellevue (sergeant/pirate) and Ethan Mandeville of Sandusky (Samuel); Ralph Burns, Isaac Carson and Keith Robinson of Bellevue are police and pirates, while Vernon Hansen, Guy Thiboutot, Matt Wahl of Bellevue, Chris Weidle of Clyde and Dan Weisler of Sandusky are pirates.