Frederic is turning twenty-one, which releases him from his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates. He meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and the two young people fall instantly in love. Frederic finds out, however, that he was born on 29 February, and so, technically, he only has a birthday each leap year. His apprenticeship indentures state that he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday, and so he must serve for another 63 years. Bound by his own sense of duty, Frederic's only solace is that Mabel agrees to wait for him faithfully.
Yeah, Pirates of Penzance is awesome. Jeannie and I saw a performance last night at the Lyric Theatre in downtown San Jose. It was supposed to be a sing-along, but if anyone in the audience was singing I couldn't hear them. Just as well - it was Jeannie's first time seeing the show so it was better that she could actually hear the songs, which are full of so much clever wordplay. She wrote what she thought of it over on her blog. I had fun, of course. It's such a great show, even though I've seen it so many times before. (Although, oddly, LiveJournal's search must not be working because it can't locate previous posts about it, and I know I've written about it before!)