Oswego, NY – The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan will be presented during the 2011 Harborfest Celebration. The production will take place on the Family Stage atEastPark. There will be two showings at11:00 and2:30 on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.
The story of the Pirates of Penzance revolves around Fredric who was apprenticed, at the age of eight, to a band of tender hearted pirates. He has completed his twelfth year of indenture and is about to be released from his bondage on his twenty-first birthday. He has led a sheltered existence and falls immediately in love with Mabel, one of the nine daughters of the Major General. Fredric finds out that he was born on the 29th day of February, occurring once every four years. He has only had five birthdays. On this technicality, he is therefore not released from his duties to the pirates. He must serve 63 more years! Mabel promises to wait for him. In the Gilbert and Sullivan tradition, this is a wonderful romp of music, dance, and hilarious situations.
Area students who are starring in the production are: the Major General, Justin Grower; the Pirate King, Matthew Spaulding; Ruth, Hannah Martin; Fredric, Ben Chatterton; Mabel, Emily Hurlbutt; Samuel, Ryan Smith; and the Sergeant, Samuel Spaulding. The Pirates of Penzance are Mary Bornheimer, Laura Bornheimer, Andrew Bornheimer, Megan Murtha, Trent Wilkinson, Kayla Beckstead, Justin Hatch and Nathaniel Ahart. Playing the Police are Brandon Tice, Bryce Phillips, Sarah Fisch, Cameron Grower, Matthew Oldenburg, Velvet Howland and Lacee Howland.
As the wards of General Stanley are Samantha Davis as Kate, Emily Oldenburg as Edith, Tara Stacy asElizabeth, Caitlyn Kerst as Jane, Rebecca Chatterton as Ann, Sarah Martin asVictoria, Claudia Engle as Mary, and Erin Chetney as Margaret.
The orchestra includes Susan Maxwell at piano, Caroline Chatterton – violin, John Chatterton- cello, David Chatterton- bass violin. Janet Heath designed the set; costumes were provided by Jeanette Reyner. Pirates of Penzance is under the direction of Rocky Farden and Bobbie Palange. They are assisted by Karen Marks.
Directors Palange and Farden agree that the audience is in for a treat and call this year’s cast,” One of the most talented groups of young people we have ever had the pleasure of directing.”