Thomas Nelson Performing Arts Presents ‘Pirates of Penzance’ July 11-20

HAMPTON, Va. ̶ Thomas Nelson Community College Performing Arts will present Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance,” July 11 -20 in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall. Performances of the comedic operetta will take place Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Available online at, tickets are $17 general admission and $15 for students, seniors, military and Thomas Nelson personnel. Tickets for Thomas Nelson students are $10.
One of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most successful works, “The Pirates of Penzance” is the tale of a group of ineffective pirates who are pitted against an extremely silly major general, his equally impractical daughters, and a group of British Bobbies who do not engender a feeling of safety in anyone.

The story centers on Fredric, who was apprenticed to a pirate at a tender age because his nursemaid could not distinguish “pirate” from “pilot.” He longs to leave the pirates and marry Major General Stanley’s beautiful daughter, Mabel. Stanley rescues himself and his daughters by convincing the pirates that he is an orphan, something for which the “not so vicious” pirates have a weakness. When Frederic finally tells the pirates he is leaving, as his indentures are over, he is informed that because he was born in leap year on February 29, he is not 21. Instead, he is “5 and a little bit over.” A battle between the pirates and the Bobbies ensues.

Director Victoria Sanders and Musical Director Michael Sundblad said the cast and crew comprised of Thomas Nelson students, along with College personnel and community members is excited about bringing this whimsical tale to life for audiences.

Thomas Nelson produces three shows annually. For more information about “The Pirates of Penzance,” please contact Sanders at 757-825-2779. For more information about Performing Arts programs at Thomas Nelson, please visit