1948 - 1949

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

Cast

Douglas Dunning

The Pirate King

Eileen Middlestadt

Edith

Esther Henry

Mabel

George Wetzstein

Samuel

Gertrude Gerlach

Kate

Joan Haines

Ruth

Joseph E. Webb

Sergeant of Police

Louise Smith

Isabel

Robert Van Dine

Major-General Stanley .

William Dunning

Frederic

Adele Roy

Chorus

Agnes Bourassa

Chorus

Albert Carr

Chorus

Arthur Pownall

Chorus

Barbara Tepley

Chorus

Barry Stewart

Chorus

Beatrice Perkin

Chorus

Bernice McFadyen

Chorus

Betty Nuth

Chorus

Blodwen Greig

Chorus

Brenda Plet

Chorus

Christine Latham

Chorus

Dermot Sladen

Chorus

Don Armstrong

Chorus

Douglas Cooney

Chorus

Edna Peters

Chorus

Eleanor Whitworth

Chorus

Evelyn Fisher

Chorus

Freda Lyon

Chorus

George Cooney

Chorus

Grace Schultz

Chorus

Grant Glennie

Chorus

Hap Haywood

Chorus

Harold Smith

Chorus

Helen Scott

Chorus

Herb Sills

Chorus

Howard Pammett

Chorus

J. C. Mackersie

Chorus

J. G. Whitworth

Chorus

Jean Halley

Chorus

Joanna Christensen

Chorus

John A. Vondette

Chorus

John Gilmartin

Chorus

Joyce Vick

Chorus

Juliette Sabourin

Chorus

Kay Smith

Chorus

Ken Prior

Chorus

Louise Cameron

Chorus

Margaret Rowles

Chorus

Marguerite Allan

Chorus

Mary Allen

Chorus

Mary Barrette

Chorus

Melva Anthony

Chorus

Mildred Ker

Chorus

Muriel Wetzstein

Chorus

Norma Besserer

Chorus

Norman Tepley

Chorus

Peggie Highley

Chorus

Percy May

Chorus

Rita deRaspe

Chorus

Ruby Rutkowsky

Chorus

Ruth Chisholm

Chorus

Shirley Needham

Chorus

Ted Hothersall

Chorus

Theresa Doyle

Chorus

W. H. Whitworth

Chorus

Production

A. E. MacLaurin

Chorus Master

C. Dermot Sladen

Business Manager

Christine McCulloch Allan

Prompting

Don Torney

Lighting by

Dorothy Scriver

Properties

Evelyn Fisher

Publicity

George Wetzstein

Programme

Gertrude Gerlach

Make-up

James Fawcett

Scenery executed by

Jean Halley

Entertainment

Ken Meyer

Workshop, Stage Crew

Mary Allan

Librarian

Pearl Haydon

Costumes

Ted Nicholson

Producer

Verne Ridgeway

Scenery designed by

Winifred Canty

Accompanist

Mallabar

Costumes supplier

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