Arizona Opera’s Opera in the Park Series Continues with a Free Screening of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” at Surprise Stadium

The family-friendly film night at the ballpark takes place on Saturday, April 7, beginning at 7 p.m.

 Event is sponsored by a grant from the City of Surprise and its Arts and Cultural Advisory Board

Phoenix, AZ (March 19, 2012) — Arizona Opera is pleased to continue its annual Opera in the Park nights with a video screening of Arizona Opera’s acclaimed 2010 production of “Pirates of Penzance” at Surprise Stadium.  The free-admission community event, which begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, is a collaboration with the City of Surprise and its Arts and Cultural Advisory Board which is generously underwriting most of the evening’s expenses.

“This is our first Opera in the Park night in the West Valley,” said Arizona Opera General Director Scott Altman.  “And I can’t think of a more entertaining way to enjoy Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta than while picnicking on the ballpark’s outfield and singing along to its famous tunes under the stars.”

“This film night is just one of Arizona Opera’s many efforts to bring quality cultural events and education to the citizens of Arizona,” said Altman.

The ballpark’s grounds open at 6 p.m., and the public is encouraged to bring blankets and pillows and stretch out on the grass to enjoy the opera viewing on the stadium’s JumboTron screen.  Concessions will be available for purchase.  The stadium’s food and beverage policy, otherwise, remains in effect with ice chests and lawn chairs not permitted on to the grass.  The stadium is wheelchair-accessible with free parking, and the public is encouraged to sit in either the ballpark’s outfield or stadium seats.

The spring-training home for the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals, Surprise Stadium is located at the Surprise Recreation Complex, 15930 N. Bullard Ave.
Arizona Opera mounted this production of “Pirates of Penzance” at the beginning of its 2010–11 season and it became an instant hit with critics and the public alike.   Reviewing for the Arizona Republic, critic Richard Nilsen lavished praise on the production’s female lead, soprano Sarah Jane McMahon, and its stage direction.  “The stage action sparkles,” wrote Nilsen.  “David Ira Goldstein’s staging … is full of inventive bits of comedy and interplay.”

Tickets are not required for this event.  For more information, please call the City of Surprise Community and Recreational Services Department at (623) 222-2000 or Arizona Opera at (602) 218-7321.