The Lofte is landlocked, but that won’t stop the pirates from coming.

That’s “The Pirates of Penzance,” and they’re visiting the tiny Manley, Nebraska, theater from Saturday until the beginning of August.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s farcical operetta is the story of a young boy who is sent to live with a raucous band of pirates against his will — and by mistake. The play follows him as he’s apprenticed to the outlaws, then turns his back on their ways and woos the daughter of the eccentric Major-General. The show features sentimental pirates, ineffective policemen and young lovers who are none too bright.

Erik Quam plays the Major-General, Wade Mumford is the Pirate King and Wendy Allen is Ruth. Mabel, the Major-General’s daughter, is played by Piper Monson, who recently returned from New York City, where she was one of two people who represented Nebraska in the national Jimmy Awards for high school thespians. The cast will feature 30 actors, including several who are new to the Lofte.

The theater is extending the pirate theme to a food and beer tent through Aug. 3. The Cutthroat Inn will open at 4:30 p.m. each Saturday to serve brisket, smoked turkey legs, pulled pork and grilled corn on the cob. Pirate rum drinks and craft beer also will be available.

“The Pirates of Penzance” runs through Aug. 4. Kevin Colbert is director.

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