By Rachel Sizeler-Fletcher, Grade 7
The pirates are coming to Rockport! Ashwood Waldorf School’s middle school will present Gilbert & Sullivan’s swashbuckling comedic operetta, The Pirates of Penzance, at the Rockport Opera House on Thursday, March 19 at 11:00 a.m. and Friday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited. A $10 donation is suggested. Under 16 free.
Adapted for teen voices, this production includes all of the elements for which the Victorian-era theatrical partners W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan are so well known.
Startling plot twists, physical comedy, word play, sword play, and more all come together in this classic musical comedy to create a perfect storm of romance, adventure, hilarity, and hijinks.
The Pirates of Penzance includes one of the most famous patter songs in the history of musical theater, “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General,” sung in this production by Isaiah Doble. The show also features Aspen Laurita-Spanglet as the courageous Mabel; Caleb Edwards as Frederic, “the slave of duty;” Ryan Hart as the Pirate Queen; Julian King as the Sergeant of Police; and Kate Kemper as the lovesick and matronly Ruth.
Backed by a 24-member chorus of bumbling constables, sentimental pirates, and feisty maidens, the cast not only upends a few gender stereotypes, but may just give audiences a whole new perspective on what it means to be a teenager. Chorus members include: Jasper Berryman-Moore, Elsa Chandler, Leah Doolen, Sylvan Eichenlaub, Morgan MacDougal, Jacob Mills-Lightner, Eli Moore, Sofia Mott, Ocean Rancourt, Daniel Snider, Yonah Wienges, Michael Frampton, Cullan Hamilton, Isabella LaBranche, Andrew Levitt, Jasper Louden, Frances Ostensen, Anikka Reinwand, Rachel Sizeler-Fletcher, Ella Finger, Tessa Mott, Zaela Newcomb, Kayla Olds, and Christian Ray.