Lock your doors, call the authorities, the “Pirates of Penzance” are in Lakewood Town Center! AARRGGHH and they’re singin opera too!
“The Pirates of Penzance” by Gilbert and Sullivan first opened in 1879 in New York City. This hilarious light opera set on dry land quickly became a smash hit and an audience favorite for over 100 years.
Directed by Barry Johnson, “Pirates” features a cast of 27 actors plus musicians and technical crew. The action takes place on the English coast near Cornwall. Nathan Barnes stars as Frederic the kind young pirate. Jenny Shotwell is Mabel his love interest and daughter of Major General Stanley played by Ted Fredericks. Lots of pretty young ladies, orphaned pirates and a company of comical police make for a very spirited support cast.
While “Pirates” was a huge hit for Gilbert and Sullivan, it was not their only musical success. Other hits included “HMS Pinafore” and “The Mikado”.
Opening weekend attendee John Hemphill of Steilacoom gave the production a big thumbs up and said “marvelous show, just marvelous.” Hemphill’s wife Peggy said “a complete evening of fun with lots of laughs.”
Rosa Kreger, also of Steilacoom, said “the singing voices were beautiful and the costumes absolutely delightful. A standing ovation to all involved in this outstanding production.”
A special feature during the run of “Pirates” is the Playhouse Art Gallery. Beautiful colored pencil renditions of Tacoma and Steilacoom historical sites by renowned Tacoma artist Anne deMille Flood brightly decorate the lobby walls. Whether it be Bair Drugstore, Stadium High School, Foss Waterway or Mount Rainier, the beauty and detail of each location is sure to create instant memories.
“Pirates of Penzance” runs now through June 17 with curtain at 8 pm on Friday and Saturday. The Sunday matinee has a 2 pm curtain. Reservations and information are available by calling the Lakewood Playhouse Box Office at 253-588-0042.
You might want to call soon or the pirates may have you walking the plank!
Story and photo by Phil Raschke