Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance | Opera-tunities Dress Rehearsal for students in grades 7-12

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Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance | Opera-tunities Dress Rehearsal for students in grades 7-12
Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre
50 W 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA Get Directions


Secondary school students and their accompanying teachers are invited to join us to enjoy our final dress rehearsal of Gilbert & Sullivan’s classic tale about the nicest pirates in the world!

Opera Highlights

James Schuette’s vivid, colorful scenery will transport you to the coast of Cornwall in a production that has been described as “playful” (San Diego Union Tribune) and “sunny” (Atlanta Journal Constitution).

Plot Summary

A Pirate King and “Modern Major-General” are just the beginning of the farcical fun in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. Frederic, an apprentice indentured to the world’s most trusting band of pirates, is celebrating his 21st birthday and leaving in search of love when he encounters the Major-General’s group of daughters. Hilarity ensues in this comic opera that begs for a cast of seriously talented singers as the Major-General plots to keep his daughters from the pirates and the Pirate King makes plans to keep Frederic in his band.

Sung in English with English supertitles.

Runtime: Approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes including one intermission.

-FREE for public, charter and online school students and their accompanying teachers

-$5 for private/home school students and their accompanying teachers

-$5 for non-teacher chaperones

Students may order tickets and attend on their own. Teachers are invited to make group (10 or more) orders and accompany their students as chaperones. No more than 1 adult chaperone per 7 students.

Tickets are available by contacting the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera ticket office by phone at 801-533-NOTE (6683) or in person at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre beginning thirty minutes before the start of the opera.

Please be advised to secure your tickets in advance as ticket availability may be limited. 


Learn Before You Go: Listen to the Opera Prelude or read about the history, music, storyline, and more, through an online multiple-part learning course.


All programs are subject to change given the ongoing uncertainty around the COVID-19 health crisis. Should USUO need to cancel or change elements of the season, ticket holders will be notified about their ticket options. USUO continues to prioritize the health and well-being of the entire community.

GENERAL AGE GUIDELINE: Individuals ages five and older are welcome at this performance. Parents should ensure their children are able to sit quietly through the performance without disturbing others around them. Consider checking out What to Expect at the Opera to help you determine if an opera is right for your child. No babes in arms will be admitted.

The Pirates of Penzance contains references to alcohol and comic violence.

ACCESSIBILITY: We are committed to making our performances and venues accessible to all of our patrons.

LATE SEATING POLICY: Late seating will be at an appropriate break in the performance, to be determined at a later date, or at intermission. More information on our late and re-entry policies is found here.

Artists and programs are subject to change. No refunds. View Terms of Sale here.



Opera Season and Opening Performance SponsorGeorge S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation logo
Production SponsorZions Bank logo
Opera Conductor SponsorJanet Q. Lawson Foundation logo
Opera Artistic Director SponsorEmma Eccles Jones Foundation logo
Director SponsorUtah Division of Arts & Museums / National Endowment for the Arts
Operatunities SponsorAmazon Logo
Wednesday Performance SponsorC. Comstock Clayton Foundation logo
Special ThanksZAP logo