The Pirates of Penzance (Broadway Version)

Date 1st September 2012
Society Anstruther & District Amateur Musical Society
Type of Production Gilbert & Sullivan
Director Alan Tricker
Musical Director Lynn Smith
Choreographer Alison McIvor


Author: John Urquhart

This proved to be a very entertaining and enjoyable production, nicely crafted and with an excellent lineup of principals. To cap it all, the daughters all actually looked as if they were daughters of the correct age! Thomas Hughes excelled as the Pirate King. He dominated with his strong characterization and fine voice. John Lumsden handled the role of Frederic most effectively and believably. His singing was absolutely spot on. Roy Verner handled the part of Samuel well and Steve Pimentil created a very believable Major General Stanley. Colin McIvor gave a welldrawn portrayal of the Sergeant of the Police. Julia Campbell shone as Mabel, using her fine singing voice to great advantage. The stage literally lit up with her presence. Shea Gardner as Kate, Alyson Forbes as Edith and Debbie Balfour as Isobel all worked well together and were most believable. May Mackenzie fought a bad throat, bravely turning in a very creditable performance as Ruth. The Pirates, though thin on the ground, produced an excellent sound and as I have said, the daughters were most convincing. It was great to see so many new faces enjoying themselves so much. This was a fun-filled production with excellent musicality. Scenery looked good and was enhanced by some excellent lighting. Costuming also was most effective. Congratulations to all the production team.