“The Pirates of Penzance” — Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved comic operetta — opens Friday at the PM&L Theatre in downtown Antioch, Ill.

This production includes the chance for audience members to bid on a walk-on role in the show.

Mark Audrain is directing the show, which runs weekends through Aug. 11.

The story revolves around Frederic (Liam Bell), who joins a group of tenderhearted pirates led by the Pirate King (Tremper High School theater teacher Nic Cicerale) after being released from his indentured apprenticeship. He falls in love with Mabel (Annika Churchill), the ward of Major-General Stanley (Ari Cohen). He also learns that his birthday falls on Feb. 29, which means he, technically, only has a birthday every leap year and so he has to stay with the pirates for another 63 years.

Ever dutiful, Frederic’s only solace is that Mabel will wait for him faithfully until that day arrives.

PM&L Theatre is auctioning off the opportunity to have a walk-on role for every performance of “The Pirates of Penzance.” The auction will conclude on July 26. For more details about the auction, log on at www.pmltheatre.com.

“Penzance” will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, July 26 through Aug. 11. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students and senior citizens. To reserve tickets directly through the box office, call 847-395-3055. Tickets are also available online at www.pmltheatre.com. The box office is open 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and an hour and a half before curtain on show dates.

PM&L is a nonprofit, community-based volunteer organization. More information about the group is available on their website and on Facebook and Twitter.

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