University of Tampa swashbuckled by Pirates of Penzance this weekend

At $15, it's the cheapest pirate show around — especially in downtown Tampa.

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If you see 'The Pirates of Penzance' at the University of Tampa this weekend, don't worry — it won't be nearly as bloody as Christopher Moody (whose flag is pictured).

Who doesn't love pirates? No one doesn't love pirates, that's who. This weekend, come see how the University of Tampa's Speech, Theatre and Dance department has interpreted the Gilbert & Sullivan classic, The Pirates of Penzance. Comedy meets show tunes in this pirate-forward classic. Is it sort of goofy? Well, you tell us: add one part mistaken identity, one part keystone cops, and, of course, the very model of a modern major-general and what do you think you're gonna get? (Hint: It's not Madame Butterfly).

Paul Finocchiaro, associate professor, directs a cast of 23. This operetta premiered in the US in 1879 and, during the Great Depression, also heralded Key West's metamorphosis into an arts town.


The Pirates of Penzance | University of Tampa, Falk Theatre, 428 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa | Through Nov. 18:  Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m. and Sun., 2 p.m. | $15; $10, non-UT students and seniors | Here's some more info about the University of Tampa's Speech, Theatre and Dance department

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Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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