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Pirates of Penzance -
I don’t mind admitting that Gilbert & Sullivan have never been on my playlist, nor had I ever seen any of their operettas. I was familiar with several of their compositions however, songs such as “I am the very model of a modern Major General” and “When a fellon’s not engaged in his employment” (a.k.a. A Policeman’s Lot Is Not A Happy One). So I was unsure quite what to expect when I took my seat for the final performance of The Thalians latest offering “The Pirates Of Penzance”at the Thalian’s Hall in Bridge Road East, WGC on Saturday last.
I need not have worried as the entire show was a visual and musical delight from beginning to end. I do not exaggerate when I say it had everything from comedy, pathos, virtuoso singing (more of that later in my review), rousing ensemble singing, glamour, and did I mention comedy? Added to this was a first-
With a cast list of 24, fairly evenly split between ladies and gentlemen, many taking dual roles, it would not be practical to name everyone. However, I must single out some of the principal performers for special mention. Adam Beckman is not a newcomer to Thalians and was cast as The Pirate King, in stature and vocal performance I feel sure he would not be out of place of the stage of many professional opera companies, his commanding on-
The Policewomen, the Concubines and the Pirates completed the cast and were lively, enthusiastic and rarely off stage. The costumes, choreography and simple stage set complemented the whole production and were much appreciated by the capacity audience who gave a seated but rousing ovation for a truly great evenings entertainment.
Congratulations to all involved, particularly Peter Farrell, the Musical Director, Tammy Wall and Alison Downes for choreography and Amanda Sayers, the Director who was also responsible for choreography. I await Thalians next production with anticipation.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels -
Taking on a show that few people know anything about can be a risky business as many a Society can testify. However, Welwyn Thalians took the gamble to perform the musical adapted from the 1988 film which starred Michael Caine and Steve Martin as two conmen working on the French Riviera and should really have paid dividends. The show was very funny and definitely should have pulled more people into the theatre. Principally the show is a five-
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