‘Pirates’ literally sets sail in Chicago
By HEDY WEISS Theater Criticemail@example.com August 27, 2012 5:24PM
Updated: August 27, 2012 7:27PM
Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” is literally being sent out to sea.
Tall Ship Adventures of Chicago has announced its first-ever, fully-staged theatrical production of the popular Victorian ear operetta aboard the Tall Ship Windy on Navy Pier. Presented by co-directors Emma Couling and Jessie Mutz, the show will feature a full cast of professional singers and actors setting sail into Chicago’s world famous harbor, Sept. 9-10.
The tale of an indentured young pirate whose leap-year birthday and exaggerated sense of duty causes untold problems, this “Pirates of Penzance,” production will mark the first time in Great Lakes history that the show will be presented aboard a functioning tall-ship under sail. It promises that “the audience will be engaged in an immersive and interactive interpretation of the text, as professional sailors keep the ship’s sails trimmed and tight,” as the actors swing on lines, climb down masts, fire cannons and sing the familiar high-note score.
Tickets, ($45), include a 90-minute sailing on Lake Michigan.
For tickets call (312) 451-2700 or visit www.tallshipwindy.com.