THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE – SA Light Operatic Society

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE – SA Light Operatic Society

Reviewed by Kerry Cooper

August 2016

Director Pam Tucker and her team have brought back to the stage Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic The Pirates of Penzance . This timeless classic is a favourite and it is easy to see why. Familiar melodies and humorous lyrics allow for much frivolity.

Under the musical direction of Michelle Hassold the small band were glorious. Tucked away stage left we were able to witness their talents at play. Costumes were full of frills and colour and the players wonderfully adorned with an assortment of wigs.
The large chorus worked well adding depth to ensemble numbers. There were standout performances offered by many leads. In his return to the stage Alex Bond was confident and cheeky in his portrayal of the Pirate King. As the romantic lead Frederic, Aaron MacDonald added a naughtiness. Outstanding as Mabel was the experienced Daniele Ruggiero-Prior, her vocal agility was outstanding and a definite highlight.
Supporting roles by Anthon as Samuel and Daniel Martucci as the Sergeant of Police were commendable. Strong vocals by Little were a pleasure to listen to. Tucker did a fine job in highlighting the humour, even adding a verse to the Major General’s opening number. Some vocals carried better than others. Miking the stage may have been a solution.
Simple choreography allowed the large cast to fill the performing space. A clearly appreciative audience enjoyed ensemble numbers such as the girls entrance in Act One and the Sergeant and his merry policeman in Act Two.
Overall a well-rehearsed fun night at the theatre.
Alex Bond the Pirates King!
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