1936 - 1937

The Pirates of Penzance

Cornwall, England c 1870

When Frederic was a boy, his nurse Ruth was told to apprentice him to a pilot. Instead she apprenticed him to a pirate. Realizing her mistake, she also joined the pirates as a "piratical maid-of-all-work". Although Frederic loathed piracy, he dutifully served; and, as the curtain rises, his indentures are up and he is preparing to leave the pirate band and devote himself to their extermination.

He urges the pirates to join in embracing a more lawful calling, but they refuse. Ruth, however, wishes to become his wife. Having seen but few women he does not know whether she is really as pretty as she says she is; but he finally consents to take her.

Just then, the daughters and wards of Major-General Stanley happen upon the scene. Frederic sees their beauty—and Ruth's plainness—and renounces Ruth. Mabel takes a particular interest in Frederic, and he in her. The other girls are seized by the pirates and threatened with immediate marriage. When the Major-General arrives, he dissuades the pirates by telling them that he is an orphan — knowing that they don’t capture orphans.

Meanwhile the Pirate King and Ruth have discovered that Frederic’s indentures were to run until his twenty-first birthday, and—as he was born on February 29—he has so far had only five birthdays. Obeying the dictates of his strong sense of duty, Frederic immediately rejoins the pirates and tells them that Major-General Stanley is not an orphan so the pirates seize the Major-General.

But the police come to the rescue and charge the pirates to yield, "in Queen Victoria’s name". This they do. Ruth explains that the pirates are really all "noblemen who have gone wrong", and they are pardoned by the Major-General and allowed to marry his daughters and wards.


Musical Director: H. Bramwell Bailey

Producer (Director): Leslie Chance

Cast

Barbara Haydon

Edith

Christine McCulloch Allan

Ruth

Horace M. Butler

Sergeant of Police

Howard C. Graham

Frederic, the Pirate Apprentice

James G. Scott

Samuel

Kaye Carleton

Kate

Maxine McCauley

Mabel

Shirley Allan

Isabel

Stafford Salmon

The Pirate King

William H. Brodie

Major-General Stanley

Agnes Smith

Soprano

Audrey L. Scott

Soprano

Betty Jackson

Soprano

Lois Bothwell

Soprano

Miriam Wilkinson

Soprano

Peggy Arnold

Soprano

Rosalie Bladen

Soprano

Veronica Hogan

Soprano

Vivienne St. Pierre

Soprano

Aline Mathé

Contralto

Alison Thomas

Contralto

Doris Armstrong

Contralto

Dorothy Campfield

Contralto

Edna Kalil

Contralto

Elsie August

Contralto

Lillian Howe

Contralto

Lola Hutt

Contralto

Margaret Hamilton

Contralto

Marjorie Watt

Contralto

Mary Allen

Contralto

Nina Gardiner

Contralto

Pearl Haydon

Contralto

Veronica Lochnan

Contralto

A.V. Webb

Tenor

Adam McGregor

Tenor

Alex Morrison

Tenor

Anderson G. Kalil

Tenor

Denis Gillan

Tenor

Dermot Sladen

Tenor

F. Lyons

Tenor

Harold Lewis

Tenor

Robert Ashcroft

Tenor

Samuel Jolliffe

Tenor

W.G. Tierney

Tenor

A. Harrington

Bass

Douglas Seward

Bass

Harold Beasley

Bass

J.H.W. Currie

Bass

J.L. Kemp

Bass

J.W. Johnson

Bass

Joseph Webb

Bass

Mervyn Pettapiece

Bass

Percy May

Bass

Winston Sinclair

Bass

Production

Adam McGregor

Costumes

Bert Bristow

Stage Manager

Dorothy White

Properties

F.G. Bronskill, Mrs.

Accompanist

Robert Darby

Set Design

Robert Darby

Set Construction

Weston Allan, Mrs.

Costumes

William Adkins

Lighting

© 2019, Orpheus Musical Theatre Society 

A not-for-profit registered charity
No. 11907 0415 RR0001

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