Pirates? Singing? Dancing? Comedy? Throw these all together, place them in the 1800s, and you have The Pirates of Penzance.
The cast has been working long and hard, trying to memorize lyrics, lines, and choreography. As rehearsals have been underway, they have had to find other ways to maintain grades and do their homework. “I’ve noticed I’ve been studying better because I’ve been taking homework to rehearsal rather than procrastinating it,” says Olivia Robinson, who portrays Edith. “I’ve definitely noticed improvement because I’ve had to force myself to use my time better.”
What would an excellent cast be, however, without their crew? Tech Crew, Prop Crew, Costume Crew, Makeup Crew, all are needed for an amazing production, and they have been working just as hard to perfect this production. Erin Horsley, assistant prop manager, says, “Props help bring the show to a new level, and having us help with the props is really important. The prop closet doesn’t have everything, and we’ve had to make a lot of the props.”
There are even parts behind the scenes that might not be noticed, but are just as important as anyone else in the production. Kimber Taylor, the House Manager, will be working with the ticket office to take control of seating and making sure there are no problems. “I will ask for volunteers for ushers. I won’t work with the cast at all,” says Kimber.
This production will be using a live orchestra rather than a sound recording. The benefits of this are that the show can be customized. More emotion can be placed, and you can change it up a little every night, if desired. In the words of Kevin Hoskins, who will be portraying Samuel, “Live music is king. You have a conductor watching you in a live orchestra, and the music is a lot more real.”
The Pirates of Penzance takes place in the Victorian Era. Written by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, it is over-the-top and comedic, almost making fun of the era and culture. One should go to the production expecting great humor and entertainment. “This is a very witty play,” says director Milinda Weeks. “It’s one thing after another. Be looking forward to a lot of fun.”
The Pirates of Penzance will be performed in the Eccles Performing Arts Center. Showings are February 19-21 and 25-28, starting at 7:30 pm. For the public, tickets cost $9 for adults and $8 for seniors and high school and younger. With a Snow College Activity card, tickets cost $3. “Our leading lady Emily Rice is just fantastic,” says Kevin Hoskins. “She’s reason enough to come see the show.”