Sheringham community production of Pirates of Penzance brings rich bounty for Little Theatre

Pirates have handed a �7,000 treasure chest to the Sheringham Little Theatre after a successful community production.

A 50-strong cast took part in a modernised version of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic comic opera the Pirates of Penzance.

The show was directed by Adrian Wright, with choreography by Michelle Thompson, and musical direction by Alex Chapman.

Theatre director Debbie Thompson said the project was being hailed as a tremendous success, playing to almost 80pc capacity audiences throughout its run, and earned a health sum for theatre funds.

'What has also been so exciting has been the way the young people have worked with older members of the team to embrace Gilbert and Sullivan,' she added.


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'They have given the show such energy and vitality that it has been a joy to watch and has been a totally uplifting experience.'

The comic opera focused on Frederic, played by Harry Williams, who, having completed his 21st year, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates. He meets Mabel, performed by Scarlett Askew, and the two young people fall in love.

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The role of Major General was played by Stephen Askew and the Pirate King by Adrian Wright. Sergeant of Police was Sam Thompson and Ruth was played by Richard Dawson.

Norwich-based professional director Mr Wright explained he wanted the show to be accessible to modern audiences.

'We attempted something really quite new here. The style was very much based on certain traditions of the great D'Oyly Carte Opera Company but we also had a completely fresh take on the characters and the style of the piece,' he said.

Mrs Thompson said the new approach to the operetta had been widely appreciated by the theatregoers.

'We have had such positive feedback both from the audiences and the people involved that we are planning to embark upon another Gilbert and Sullivan very soon,' she added.

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