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‘Pirates of Penzance’ at Chatelech

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Gabriel Ryan will play Major-General Stanley in the student production of “The Pirates of Penzance” on March 3 and 4 at Chatelech Secondary. Donna McMahon photo

Thirty Sunshine Coast students are staging a musical theatre production of “The Pirates of Penzance” by Gilbert and Sullivan at Chatelech Secondary on the evenings of March 3 and 4.

The performance is directed by teachers Sara Douglas and Tom Kellough, who have drawn on students from schools across the coast for their cast. Douglas and Kellough staged a sell-out performance of “Into the Woods” last year, which encouraged them to go on to this more ambitious production.

The Pirates of Penzance, first staged in 1879, is a musical comedy featuring an inept crew of pirates who can’t quite bring themselves to commit robberies, and a bumbling group of policemen, who are reluctant to arrest anyone. Young Frederic, an apprentice pirate, is instantly smitten when he meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley.

Frederick vows to abandon his pirate ways, but his dreams are shattered when he discovers a fatal clause in his pirate apprenticeship contract.  He was apprenticed until his 21st birthday, but since he was born on February 29, he’ll be 84 before he is free to wed.

The Pirates of Penzance starts at 7 pm at the Chatelech school theatre on Friday and Saturday March and 4. Admission is by donation at the door.   Donna McMahon

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