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"Pirates" raiding North Park stage

SAN DIEGO -- Lyric Opera San Diego’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan classic “The Pirates of Penzance” begins tonight (March 26) at Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave.

Tenor Benjamin Robinson (Frederic) and bass-baritone Ashraf Sewailam (Pirate King) are making their Lyric Opera debuts. The cast includes San Diego favorites Megan Weston (Mabel), Fran Hartshorn (Ruth), Walter DuMelle (Police Sergeant) and J. Sherwood Montgomery (Major-General Stanley).

Performances will continue March 27 and 28, and April 3, 4, 9, 10, 11.

For tickets, call (619) 239-8836 from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays with additional hours on performance days.

Tickets can be purchased online 24 hours a day.