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Boise State’s ‘Pirates of Penzance’ blends human and puppet actors

Director Darrin Pufall with Samuel, the parrot puppet, from the Boise State University theater and music departments’ production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance.”
Director Darrin Pufall with Samuel, the parrot puppet, from the Boise State University theater and music departments’ production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance.” Boise State University

Director and theater-design professor Darrin Pufall and the theater and music students at Boise State take on Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” — with a twist. Several cast members will be made of fabric, glue and imagination. Pufall streamlined the operetta for the smaller Danny Peterson Theatre by inserting a few cheeky puppets, constructed by student Stella Tag, into the mix. “It adds to the already campy nature of the show,” he says.

Dana Oland

7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27, Wednesday to Saturday, March 2-5; and 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 28 and March 6, Danny Peterson Theatre, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise. $18 general, $15 seniors, military, alumni and non-BSU students. Ticketmaster.

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