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Molly O
They had mostly snacks and beverages available at the concessions. Didn't notice anything substantial to eat (wasn't looking, though). It's so close to downtown, so there's a lot of great dining options nearby for before or after.
Wicked dining Aug 29 2014 star this tip starred
Molly O
We drove and parked for $10 in one the the many lots nearby. No problem finding a spot.
Wicked travel Aug 29 2014 star this tip starred
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7 ratings
4.1 average rating
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30 events
13 reviews
6 stars
attended Nov 19 2009

Ballet with opera narrations. The performance was average. The choreography was ok. The opera voices was average-hard to hear and lacked smoothness. The orchestra performance was lovely. The seating was great-slanted seat rows, small theater...continued

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30 events
13 reviews
6 stars
attended Nov 19 2009

The event felt long and slow. The story tempo was slow, confusing, and uninteresting. The dance choreography and performance was pleasant to watch but unexciting. The opera singing consisted of 4 singers sitting infront of the stage. The...continued

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19 events
12 reviews
22 stars
attended Nov 19 2009

This is a delightful, creative performance. I would especially recommend it to any Gilbert and Sullivan or dance fans. Highly recommended.

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Website

http://www.balletsj.org/

Quotes & Highlights

“Brave and jolly Pirates!…enjoyable, giddy…sustained virtuosic dancing. Four singers are ingeniously woven into the ballet.” —_The New York Times _

Description

Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance explodes onto the ballet stage with swashbuckling pirates and damsels in distress. Following the comic operetta of 1879 and the hit musical of 1980, choreographer Daryl Gray’s extravaganza is jam packed with tour de force dance, a re-orchestrated Broadway-flavored score featuring four comic onstage vocalists, Symphony Silicon Valley live performance under the baton of Dwight Oltman, and all the fantasy, gaiety, and romance that this wonderful G&S story has to offer. Ballet San Jose Artistic Director Nahat calls Daryl Gray’s Pirates of Penzance, “stylish fantasy and heaps of fun.” These buccaneers deliver loads of action and non-stop laughs for the entire family.

Daryl Gray’s Pirates of Penzance traces the adventures of the always-dutiful young Frederic. After learning that, as a child, he was accidentally apprenticed to a band of pirates (his nurse misheard ‘pilot’ for ‘pirate’), Frederic vows to pursue a more honorable path in life and fight against the pirates—that is, as soon as he finishes his apprenticeship with them, as he feels his duty requires. The buccaneers, actually all kindhearted folk, find it hard to keep up their marauding ways, but nonetheless, they kidnap a group of beautiful young women to become their wives, incurring the wrath of the local authorities. Only the intervention of Frederic, who falls in love with one of the women, can bring peace between pirates and police.