Submitted by Oswego Harborfest
Oswego Harborfest announced today that the 2011 Harborfest Children’s Musical will be “The Pirates of Penzance”. The Gilbert and Sullivan musical production was the fifth collaboration and their first to have its official premiere in the United States, on December 31, 1879 in New York City.
Oswego area students ages 9 through 16 are welcome and encouraged to audition for a part in this year’s musical. As part of Harborfest’s entertainment programming and in conjunction with the 2011 Cultural Component, England/Great Britain, Director’s Bobbie Palange and Rocky Farden will be staging the children’s musical on the Family Stage at the Novelis Family Park at East Park during Harborfest 2011.
The story of “The Pirates of Penzance” concerns Frederic, who, having completed his 21st year, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates. He meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and the two young people fall instantly in love.
Frederic finds out, however, that he was born on February 29, and so, technically, he only has a birthday each leap year. His apprenticeship indentures state that he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday, and so he must serve for another 63 years. Bound by his own sense of duty, Frederic’s only solace is that Mabel agrees to wait for him faithfully.
“The Harborfest Children’s Committee is very interested in encouraging the community’s young people to participate in Harborfest by auditioning for the musical,” said Farden. “We’ve made a concerted effort to provide the best in family entertainment year in year out at Harborfest and this is a great way to involve the youth in our area.”
Farden and Palange added that the production requires between 30-35 children and features plenty of speaking parts. There is a need for singers, dancers and actors. Children ages 9 through 16 may audition either April 12 or 13 from 5 PM to 7 PM at the McCrobie Building located at 41 Lake Street in Oswego. Children will be asked to sing “America” and/or “Happy Birthday” as part of the audition as well as do some reading. Previous theatre experience is not required.
“The Pirates of Penzance” which features an array of colorful costumes and scenery and will be performed several times during Harborfest, including performance’s on the Family Stage in the Novelis Family Park at East Park, Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31.
“Everyone associated with Harborfest is thankful for the work put in by both Bobbie and Rocky to produce such great programming as the annual musical during the festival,” said Harborfest Executive Director Tom Van Schaack. “Last year’s production of “The Three Musketeers” was extremely well received and we anticipate this year’s production will be just as entertaining.”