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The Pirates of Penzance

Date

14th March 2019

Society

Hebden Bridge Light Opera Society

Venue

Hebden Bridge Little Theatre

Type of Production

G&S

Director

Ian Moorhouse

Musical Director

Philip Sutcliffe/Colin Akers

Choreographer

Angela Marshall

Report

Author: Jacqui Hartley

The Pirates of Penzance or The Slave of Duty is a comic Opera that premiered at the Bijou Theatre in Paigton Devon by the D'oyly Catre Opera Company on December 30th 1879.

Frederic born on the 29th February leap year day which happens every four years meant he had to remain a Pirate until his 21st Birthday almost a quarter of a century , thus A Slave of Duty.

This was a lively spirited production full of wonderful strong singing from all the principals who maintened their individual  characterisations throught.  They were backed by an equally strong chorus.

A good solid performance from Frederic (James Anderson) who led with confidence, Mabel (Anne Woodhouse) was in superb voice and the two blended well together.  Steven Greenwood gave an impressive interpretation of the swashbuckling Pirate King.  Ruth, (Patricia Brennan) delivered a good performance with first rate singing and great facial expressions.  Major-General Stanley (Roly Robertshaw) was an excellent patter man with good clear diction.  Both Sargeant of Police and Samuel, (Mike Holdsworth, Stephen Wrathall) were just right for their roles with powerful voices.

The set was perfect for the size of the stage, with colourful costumes and accessories made by the Society.  The piano accompaniment was just right it meant we could hear every word delivered by the company.

This production was enjoyed as much by the cast as the audience, an excellent evenings entertainment.

The Society lost their President and Director of many, many years earlier this year, this production was dedicated to her memory, she would have loved it.