Pirate of Penzance to be great
As the last weekend before final exams approaches, students, alumni, faculty and friends from Assumption College are working to bring a show filled with many laughs and tears to the Hanover Theater. From Friday, April 22 to Sunday, April 24, Assumption College’s Theater Department, in collaboration with St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Mass., will be putting on W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s most popular comic opera, The Pirates of Penzance.
Set during the reign of Queen Victoria on the coast of Cornwall, U.K., The Pirates of Penzance tells the story of Frederic, who is mistakenly indentured as an apprentice to a pirate. He soon falls in love with Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley. Frederic is due to be released from his apprenticeship, but he discovers that he is technically still a youngster.
Frederic abides by his duties and returns to his clan of pirates, while staying honest to Mabel. Can he find a way to live happily-ever-after with Mabel in this coming-of-age story?
The cast is as follows: Samuel (The Pirate King’s Lieutenant), Edward Ouano; The Pirate King, Kelse Merrill; Frederic, Brian Belleville; Ruth, Marissa Halpin; Isabel, Elena Losquadro; Edith, Olivia Foley; Kate, Jackie Weiler; Mabel, Sarah Mombourquette; Major General Stanley, Shant Eghian; Sergeant of Police, Matthew Miller; Pirates and Policemen: Mark Blatchford, Damian Bryan, Daniel Cooney, Bradford Elias, Barry Knowlton, Hal Knowlton, John LeDoux, A.J. Leto, Jacob Monroe, Daniel Murphy, Zachary Schulman, Zachary Sneeringer, John Wild; Major Stanley’s Daughters: Lillian Blair, Paige Crane, Leah Gauquier, Emily Greenslit, Ceara McDonnell, Brooke Mega, Dorothea Jane Moniz and Samantha Smith.
The Pirates of Penzance will be Assumption’s eighth annual spring production at the Hanover Theater, directed by Richard Monroe, the current music department chair at Saint John’s and 1985 Assumption graduate.
“It’s different from a lot of other shows we’ve done at Assumption,” Monroe said. “But it also gives a lot of opportunities to a lot of people to have roles…more than anything else.”
If you want to fit a little entertainment pleasure into your schedule before finals, then this show is definitely for you. We hope you can attend to support all students and staff involved in making this production possible.
Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 24 at the Hanover Theater in Worcester. Tickets are $27 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for Assumption students and children.
“It’s humorous. There’s the comedy, there’s the physical stuff (boy meets girl, mistaken identity), all sorts of fun things,” Monroe said. “It’s going to be an enjoyable evening for everybody.”