Arts & Entertainment

The Show Will Go On at Chatham Middle School: "The Pirates of Penzance, Jr." Opens Thursday, Feb. 6

CHATHAM, NJ -  Students at the Chatham Middle School will present their production of The Pirates of Penzance, Jr.  Opening night is Thursday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m.

Additional performances will be held 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 8.  Tickets are $6.00 and will be on sale at the door.  This is a family-friendly performance, runs approximately 70 minutes with no intermission.

Under the direction of Gregory Paradis and the musical direction of Veronica Shaw the talented 6-8 grade cast brings to life the treasured Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance Jr.  The musical centers on the dilemma of young Frederic (Eitan Miller, 8th grade) who, as a child, was mistakenly apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday.

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Helping Frederic to deal with this unusual predicament are the brash Pirate King (Liam Driscoll, 7th grade), Ruth (Elizabeth Stuart, 8th grade) - the pirate maid-of-all-work, romantic Mabel (Bridget McGarry, 7th grade), and the delightfully stuffy Major-General Stanley (Charlie Thomson, 8th grade). On the rocky coast of Cornwall, England a band of tenderhearted pirates celebrates the coming of age of their apprentice, Frederic.

Although Frederic's apprenticing to pirates was the mistake of his nurse maid Ruth, he has dutifully served, but he now announces his plan to devote his life to the extermination of piracy.

The naive young man meets a group of beautiful girls, their father, the delightful comedic Major-General, and enlists the help of some bumbling policemen. But Ruth and the Pirate King tell Frederic that his apprentice papers state that he won't be of age until his 21st birthday, which won't occur until the distant date of 1940 because Frederic was born in leap year on the 29th of February.

Frederic is doomed to remain the pirate apprentice. The policemen try to capture the pirates on their own, but are easily defeated. Everyone is happy to discover that the pirates are really all "noblemen who have gone wrong", so all is forgiven in the end.

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