Dance: With cat-like tread...

Friday, January 18

Of all the gloriously silly operettas penned by Gilbert and Sullivan, The Pirates of Penzance may be the silliest, and most glorious, of all. And even though traditional G&S stagings can be stodgy, anyone who had the good fortune to see the 1980s Kevin Kline/Linda Ronstadt Pirates in NYC's Central Park knows that it's full of opportunities for inspired slapstick. So is it really that much of a stretch (excuse the pun) to imagine it as a ballet? We'll see this week, when the Orlando Ballet brings a dance adaptation choreographed by Tampa's Daryl Gray to the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Complete with the original work's self-important swashbucklers, Keystone-esque cops and simpering maidens, Gray's version also promises some leaps and bounds probably never imagined at the D'Oyly Carte. Four singers and a live orchestra bring the music and lyrics, but the real fun will be to see if those pirates pirouette the plank. Jan. 18-20, 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sun., Ferguson Hall-TBPAC, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa,, $29.50-$59.50, 813-229-7827, tbpac.org.

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