And they're the perfect way to introduce your kids to operettas, classic musical theater and the zingy wit of Gilbert & Sullivan!

The Pirates of Penzance are back! And they're the perfect way to introduce your kids to operettas, classic musical theater and the zingy wit of Gilbert & Sullivan!

Opera Columbus presents The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players in The Pirates of Penzance at the Southern Theatre (21 E. Main St.). There will be a preview performance on Friday, March 7, at 8 p.m., and additional performances on Saturday, March 8, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m.

The plot of Pirates centers on the dilemma of young Frederic, who as a child was mistakenly apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday. Since he was born in leap year on February 29, he is honor-bound to remain a pirate until the distant date of 1940, despite his moral objection to piracy. Helping Frederic to deal with this unusual predicament are the brash Pirate King, Ruth (the pirate maid-of-all-work), romantic Mabel, and the delightfully stuff Major-General Stanley.

Tickets are $38-$98 (preview tickets are $15 general admission seating) at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase by phone, call 614-469-0939 or 800-745-3000.

For more information about the show, go to http://www.operacolumbus.org/pirates.html.