VALLEJO — Thar be singing pirates coming to the Vallejo stage.
Bay Area Stage Productions will open the Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera, “Pirates of Penzance” Jan. 11. And in a very nautical setting: The Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
A logical choice, said show director Stacey Loew, who hopes to catch her breath following a bounty of shows from Bay Area Stage. Then again, she’s got another show on tap in February.
She’s working with a cast of about 15 for the show, five pirates, five police and four general’s daughters.
“There’s humor in it,” Loew said of one of the reasons for choosing the show. “It’s so much fun. It’s witty. The lyrics make you smile.”
The show’s music director, Ben Malkevitch echoed those sentiments. This is the first time he’s worked with Bay Area Stage Productions.
“I know the songs well,” he said.
In his formative years, the Malkevitch household was filled with music from the show.
“It’s nice to be working on the production,” he said. “It’s very much a social satire even though it’s set in Victorian England.”
He was in college when the idea of making a living in music seemed the path to pursue. In addition to working with live theater groups, such as the Lamplighters in San Francisco, Malkevitch is also the music director at the First Congregational Church in San Francisco. The Berkeley resident dreams of working with the San Francisco Opera.
While Loew tweaked the size of the cast for “Pirates of Penzance,” the rest is pretty much as Gilbert and Sullivan penned it some 140 years ago. However, there was the idea of playing with the plot, such as former Fairfield resident Jon Tracy did last year when he did a punk rock version at the Berkeley Playhouse.
In the cast are Rob and Kate Kravets, who also happen to be members of the Tales of the Seven Seas Pirate re-enactors. In 2008, both were part of Vallejo Music Theatre’s “Pirates of Penance” production.
He played a policeman then but swore he’d never do that role again because it involved choreography. In the Bay Area Stage show, he’s a member of the pirate chorus.
Kate Kravets is playing the same role again as Ruth, the nursemaid turned pirate.
The Kravets have been married 17 years and have been involved to some degree or another with period and costume events.
“We both enjoy interacting with crowds and doing ‘street theatre,’ ” she wrote in an email with the paper.
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“Pirates of Penzance”
- 8 p.m. Jan. 11-12, Jan. 18-19, Jan. 25-26
- 2 p.m. Jan. 13, Jan. 20, Jan. 27
- Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, 734 Marin St.