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The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance tells the story of a young pirate apprentice named Frederic who has come to the end of his indentured period.

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About Costume Holiday House

Currently shipping rental costumes to all 50 states, Costume Holiday House offers a choice of arrival dates to accommodate your rehearsal schedule. Each costume comes bagged, individually tagged, and fully accessorized to make your final preparations before opening night as easy as possible.

We at Costume Holiday House look forward to assisting you in costuming your production. Whether you are a long time customer or this is your first time working with us, we hope that you find the quality of our staff and service helpful enough that you come back again and again and again.

For over 50 years of costuming excellence Costume Holiday House has been providing quality costumes at affordable prices for High Schools, Colleges, Community Theatres, Operas and Professional stock companies. With over 50,000 quality costumes, our competent staff of theatrical professionals are anxious to serve your every need. Please, feel free to contact us for any question inquires or special needs for your next production.

About This Show

The Pirates of Penzance tells the story of a young pirate apprentice named Frederic who has come to the end of his indentured period. As it turns out, Frederic was indentured by mistake. His half-deaf nurse had been instructed to apprentice him to a “pilot” but got it a little wrong. At any rate, Frederic has decided to leave the pirate life forever and, though he loves his comrades dearly, devote his life to the extermination of their kind. However, since he is until the stroke of midnight still one of them, he feels obliged to point out the pirates’ weakness–they are too softhearted. Apparently, all a captive must do is plead to being an orphan and he is immediately released! Once upon the shore, Frederic, who has never seen any woman other than his old nurse, stumbles upon a bevy of beautiful maidens. He immediately falls in love with the most beautiful of the bunch, Mabel, who graciously offers to reclaim the “Poor Wandering One.” What Frederic has forgotten, however, is that there are pirates about! Suddenly his old comrades are upon them! The lonely pirates are delighted by the beauty of their captives and recognize the situation as a “first rate opportunity of getting married with impunity.” But the girls’ father, Major-General Stanley, arrives just in the nick of time and claims untruthfully to be an orphan, thus winning a brief reprieve for his daughters. The General is terrified that the pirates will uncover his lie, but Frederic eases his fears, promising to apprehend the band of pirates and put an end to their plundering. However, when Frederic learns that, due to a technicality, he is still indentured to the pirates, the complications abound. The Pirates of Penzance opened at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York on December 31, 1879 with a cast that included J.H. Ryley (Major General), Hugh Talbot (Frederick), Sgr. Broccolini (Pirate King), Fred Clifton (Sergeant), Blanche Roosevelt (Mabel), and Alice Barnett (Ruth). A major Broadway revival featuring Kevin Kline (Pirate King), Rex Smith (Frederic), and Linda Ronstadt (Mabel) opened at the Uris Theatre on January 8, 1981 and ran for 772 performances. A 1983 film version featured Kline, Smith, Ronstadt, and Angela Lansbury.

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Pam is ALWAYS so knowledgeable and helpful. I can count on her no matter what.”

Cathy A., Delaware Ohio

Perfect place for a screaming good time. Knowledgeable staff always on hand. We go all the time and always come away without a frightening cost. Rentals are awesome and the discounted costume pieces are top rate. I recommend anyone to find the time to check it out!!!” 

Roy M., Fremont, Ohio

“We rented Aladdin Jr, and it was so easy and everyone loved the costumes. We will definitely be renting again. Thanks so much!”

Liz H., Bunsold Middle School

“Our costumes were great! It’s so nice to rent costumes instead of taking the time to purchase everything you need for a show. It made everything so easy and hassle free.”

Linda, Columbus

This is our go to place for all things costume! We love to dress up for any occasion that has a theme and this place has everything including expert advice from the staff! Weve never rented a costume or anything like that but we buy or prosthetic materials, make up and other costume accessories here. Definitely recommend it!!

Phillip S., Columbus Ohio

They have such great costumes and extras for all your costume needs all year round.

They have a children’s section as well as extras for any existing costume you might have already, and need to renew our replace accessories. They also have a large selection of costumes for your organization, church or group and have all the up to date make up and wigs for every need you might have.

Overall I would say that most any item you might need quickly you would have available year round and not need to pay extra to have it delivered from an online source.
Staff have always been pleasant when or family visits as well as helpful.

Michelle S., Fremont, Ohio

Stellar customer service! I appreciate the employee taking the time to show me the different brands of stage makeup. And I was very impressed and grateful for all her knowledge of application techniques”

Lisa P., Columbus, Ohio

This was the only store that I could find that had what I needed, and Pam went out of her way to help me out big time. Major kudos to this place and to Pam. I can tell that a lot of care is put into The Costume Holiday House, so I’d highly recommend it!

Ben Bridgwater, PA – Thank you for the great service!

“Costume Holiday House is the best! I love having a year round Halloween store. I rented a mascot costume one year. This year your store had the hat I couldn’t find anywhere else. Thank you so much. Awesome staff very helpful and knowledgeable.”

Kiwi L., Columbus, Ohio

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