The pirate ship Black Pearl was proudly flying its skull and crossbones flags in the dry dock today.
Upon seeing this, I frantically looked around for dubious characters and swashbuckling buccaneers sporting eye patches and swords – looking to pillage and plunder. Instead all I saw was a not very threatening security guard sitting in a half-ton truck right beside it and an older gentleman in shorts and tee-shirt ambling along through the parking lot, seemingly not in a rush to get anywhere.
Then I saw the big white tent. And then I saw the signs. I knew something must up.
Sure enough, Calgary Opera will be presenting Gilbert and Sullivan’s well-loved comic opera The Pirates of Penzance under the big, 900 seat white tent. The performances will all take place along the RiverWalk in East Village, close to Fort Calgary – beside the Simmons Building.
Performances are every night this week between, and including, Thursday through Sunday at 8:00pm nightly and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00pm. Select tickets are available online for all performances and range between $35-100 per seat for adults. Act quickly as some performances only have a few seats that are still available.
There are other activities in East Village in addition to the opera. It is all part of the first Opera in the Village festival that promises to be a much bigger summer opera festival in the years to come.
For more information see http://www.calgaryopera.com/arghh
Now to get rid of the earworm that I have had all day – I am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General. Hearing it always makes me smile.