Take a ship–load of brigands led by the cutlass-wielding King and looked after by Ruth, a piratical maid of all works. Add young pirate apprentice Frederic who espies winsome Mabel on the beach and, despite her protective Major-General Father, has romance in mind. Into this paradox mix a bevy of pretty daughters plus the inept local police force and the result is the G&S favourite The Pirates of Penzance. To the twists and turns of the plot weave in magical music and lots of laughter as Bournemouth Gilbert & Sullivan Operatic Society presents this tuneful and light-hearted operetta. Described by Director Claire Camble-Hutchins as “a lively romp” and promising creative choreography, the baton will be waved by Musical Director Keziah Jacombs as the pair try to keep the motley crew in order.
Ian Metcalfe plays the fearsome Pirate King who is secretly soft-hearted and another well-known face, John Gerken, is The Very Model of a Modern Major-General. Bournemouth G&S stalwart principal Cherrill Ashford takes the part of Ruth while the Sergeant of Police leads the cowardly constabulary in telling why A Policeman’s Lot is not a Happy One. Once again Roseanna Bowen has the soprano lead role as Mabel and sings the soaring Poor Wand’ring One as Frederic makes her heart beat faster. Rossano Sal returns to the Society after several years to play pirate apprentice Frederic, he and Roseanna making a handsome, melodious couple and bringing romance with a capital R! New and established chorus members ensure that big numbers such as When the Foeman Bares his Steel are sung with gusto so this will be a polished performance by everyone on stage for Pirates of Penzance by Bournemouth G&S – don’t miss it!
Pirates of Penzance is at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts from 22 – 25 October at 7.30pm with matinees on Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 at 2.30pm.
Tickets for all performances £15.50 with concessions (seniors and under 16s) £14. Family Group £31
Opening Night (Wed 22) Special Offer – Buy 2 tickets at £15.50 and get one FREE
Earlybird discount until 30 September all tickets £13.50
Lighthouse Box Office 0844 406 8666 and online at www.lighthousepoole.co.uk