Show set to be swashbuckling fun

June 26, 2017

Erin Scutchings and Stephanie Romeo are keen to perform.

Grace McCloy, Tayla Jenkins and Ella Bryant are ready to enforce the law in Pirates of Penzance Jr.

A pirate’s life certainly seems to be the way to go for students performing in Initial Stages’ coming production.

Pirates of Penzance Jr will see 45 students take to the stage on Saturday as pirates, maidens and police.

Known to be a whacky and hilarious musical production, Pirates of Penzance is a classical theatrical tale which follows bumbling policemen, naive lovers and an eccentric major-general.

For Remi McIntyre, 13, who is portraying the Pirate King, and Jay Bryce, 13, who has been cast as a maiden, the show is fun and educational.

‘‘I’m the comic relief of the show,’’ Jay said.

‘‘It’s really fun to be given that freedom in such a role where I feel like I can flourish.’’

As for Remi, she is feeling confident about taking on the role of a male character.

‘‘It’s my first main role so it’s a lot of pressure but at the same time you just have fun with it,’’ she said.

Musical director Helen Janke said the company first performed Pirates of Penzance Jr 15 years ago when the group first started, and it was exciting to bring it back.

Students involved in Pirates of Penzance range in age from eight to 13 and have been getting into character since the start of the year.

In past years the junior side of Initial Stages has been more well-known for tackling Disney musicals.

‘‘Pirates is a very traditional show,’’ Ms Janke said. ‘‘So this has been really challenging for them because it’s more classical, but I also feel our job in the company is to teach them all sorts genres of music theatre.’’

Ms Janke said despite the challenge, the students had embraced the chance to learn something new.

Pirates of Penzance Jr will be performed on Saturday, July 1, at WestSide Performing Arts Centre, Echuca Rd, Mooroopna, with the first show at 2pm and the second at 7.30pm.

Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at www.riverlinksvenues.com.au/whats-on/event-details/!/calendar/event/initial-stages-present-the-pirates-of-penzance-jr or by phoning the Riverlinks Box Office on 58329511.

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