Review: Pirates of Penzance

Pirates of Penzance keeps crowds laughing.

On the weekend of April 19th and 20th, the musical “Pirates of Penzance” was presented by a group of theatrical West Side students.

The musical featured countless catchy tunes, some audience favorites including, “I am a Pirate King” and “Poor Wandering One”. The actors worked on the musical almost daily for over three months to perfect it and get the choreography just right. The play contained two acts.

Act I tells the story of a man named Frederic, played by Alec Canada ’14, who joins a band of infamous pirates. Soon the gap-toothed pirates find the beautiful and ditzy daughters of the Major General, played by Alex Jennings ‘15.

They compel the General for his daughters’ hands in marriage. The comedic pirate king, who leads the band of pirates, was played by Adam Tarko ‘13.

Act II is when Mabel, the eldest daughter, falls in love with Frederic, the good- hearted newly made member of the pirate band.

The Major General was absolutely hilarious and garnered many laughs from the audience. His highlight was singing the fast-paced song, “I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General”.

The singing was skillfully matched to fit each character. Kathryn Notestine’14 and Darian Williams ‘15 led the general’s daughters.

Through a variety of hilarious scenes, the play proved that pirates don’t play the part of the cold-hearted and cruel stereotype necessarily. They all have good hearts and at the end of the play are allowed to marry the daughters, which the ladies rejoice at.

The choreography was polished and executed perfectly.  This conveyed to the audience the tremendous work it must have taken to prepare for the performance. It also made the musical very eye appealing.

Plus, the musical wasn’t limited to the stage, as the songs became interactive. The characters entered through the audience via the doors of the auditorium and from the pit, making it a very real, interactive performance.

At the end, the audience’s reaction – an overpowering applause and standing ovation – conveyed its appreciation and admiration for the players and their talents.

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