Pirates of Penzance (2019)
... It was my second visit to St Anne’s. We had a wonderful time. The orchestra was terrific and the singers, especially Beth Armstrong (Mabel), fantastic. Wonderful...
The Pirates of Penzance has enjoyed enduring success, ranking alongside The Mikado and HMS Pinafore as one of Gilbert and Sullivan's most performed collaborations. Pirates is unique among Gilbert and Sullivan's 14 collaborations for receiving its official premier in New York, on 31 December 1879.
140 years later, the show still resonates with audiences young and old. Leap years, major general's daughters, complicated apprenticeship contracts, and loyalty to the crown combine with musical highlights like "Poor Wand'ring One" and "I am the very model of a modern major general" for two acts of topsy-turvy fun.
Our production was on stage January 25, 26, 27, and 31, and February 1, 2, and 3, 2019, to outstanding reviews:
I have one regret about this afternoon's performance : I was unable to leap to my feet in time to express my complete enjoyment and appreciation with a standing ovation. That is one of the finest Pirates productions I have ever seen or performed in. The costumes were splendid. The voices were all very strong and clear. The choreography of such a vast number of performers on such a confined space was amazing. For me the most impressive and outstanding quality was how well prepared and focussed the entire cast was throughout. Their focus, gestures and movements were appropriate, precise, and pleasing, the obvious result of many many hours of preparation and practice. Congratulations all on a splendid show.
Regards and thanks, Donald (Kitchener, Ontario)
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