Welcome aboard, matey! We are currently booking performances for spring 2015 productions of Pirates of Penzance, adapted especially for elementary school audiences. With the easy-to-use materials we provide, students from your school perform onstage as the chorus, alongside our quartet of professional artists.

So consider booking a performance of Pirates for your school this spring.

Join in the fun as the Pirate King, Ruth, and Frederic meet Mabel and the Major General for some olde English merriment. Romance blossoms, loyalty is put to the test and mistakes are forgiven in this “jolly good” adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic masterpiece. With its zany word play and physical comedy,The Pirates of Penzance is an excellent springboard for discussion of time-honored values such as honesty, integrity, and respect for commitment.

Sixteen students from each school will perform on stage as the chorus of rollicking pirates, carefree wards, and timid police constables. The entire audience is invited to sing along with the chorus.

NEGASS School Outreach Production of The Pirates of Penzance
In collaboration with Greater Worcester Opera
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Libretto by W. S. Gilbert
Libretto adaptation by Diane Garton Edie
Musical adaptation by Bill Lutes

Praise for the School Outreach Performance of Pirates of Penzance:

“As principal and onlooker, I was overwhelmed by both the reactions and performances of our students and their operatic instructors. Our first grade audience and student actors supported an amazing performance. The talent and professionalism of the performers captivated our 6 and 7 year olds while exposing them to operatic, cultural, and theatrical professionalism that no doubt will inspire them beyond their years.”

-Marisa Boyajian, Principal of South Lawrence East Elementary School


Recent Performances

South Lawrence East Elementary
The Peabody School, Cambridge
Buckingham Brown & Nichols
Townsend Library
Young Audiences Showcase, Derby Academy, Hingham

Upcoming Performances

November 23, 2015
Columbus School in Medford

December 7, 2015
Sam Placentino School in Holliston


If you would like to preview our performance before bringing it to your school, contact education@negass DOT org for specific details.


We are pleased to announce that we have been invited to join the roster of Young Audiences of Massachusetts, allowing us to further our desire to share the delights of Gilbert & Sullivan with a new generation.

To visit the New England Gilbert & Sullivan Society Outreach Page on the Young Audiences site, go to http://yamass.org/our-programs/new-england-gilbert-sullivan-society/

To visit the Young Audiences main page, go to http://yamass.org

Scheduling Information:

To schedule, email scheduling@yamass.org or call 617-629-9262 with the following information:

  • Name
  • Phone number and email address
  • School/Institution
  • Date and Time of performance
  • Number of rehearsals desired
  • Dates and Times of rehearsals
  • Number of students in the audience
  • Grade levels of students in the audience

More About Young Audiences:

Young Audiences of Massachusetts (YAMA) is a non-profit organization which provides high-quality educational arts programming to the students of the Commonwealth.

We advance the artistic and educational development of children and youth by bringing them together with professional artists of all disciplines to learn, create and participate in the arts. One of 30 affiliates of Young Audiences – Arts For Learning, the nation’s largest non-profit arts organization, our mission is to initiate life-long involvement in the arts by making them integral to every child’s education.

Since 1962, we have brought nationally and internationally acclaimed artists in music, theater and performing arts, dance and movement, storytelling and literature, and visual arts into Massachusetts schools, for performances, workshops and residencies. Our programming not only meets the highest standards of artistic quality but also ties in closely to state-determined learning objectives and curricula.