Pirates of Penzance

June 2006

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Mack and Mabel, the story of the relationship between early film producer Mack Sennett and his star Mabel Normand, was presented at the Petersfield Festival Hall from 15th-17th May 2014.

Masquerade 2013

This was an exciting new venture: presenting our very own show, written especially for us by Ian Clark, at the Park Community School in Havant from 29th May to 1st June 2013.

Titanic The Musical 2012

To mark the one hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, we presented this spectacular musical at the Park Community School from 6th-9th June 2012. It was a great success and we won a NODA Accolade of Excellence for the production.

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2015 John Westbrook Award

As Hilary Westbrook, John's widow, could not attend any of the Acorn Antiques performances due to prior commitments, she delegated the nomination of the John Westbrook Award for 2015 to Val Sykes. Val chose to award the trophy to Mandy Clowes, saying: 'When there are not so many people on stage, each member of the supporting cast is clearly visible and it is extra important to give it everything. Mandy was always fully involved om each scene she was in, acting and reacting to others very well. I loved the three backing "beehive" singers number and she was clearly really enjoying it,'

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The Pirates of Penzance
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Havant Arts Centre, Havant

Pirates of Penzance 2006
Pirates of Penzance 2006

Pirates of Penzance 2006
Pirates of Penzance 2006
Pirates of Penzance 2006
Pirates of Penzance 2006
Pirates of Penzance 2006

Produced, Directed and Choreographed
by
Ian Clark

Musical Director
Dennis Mason

Dramatis Personae

Major-General Stanley - Bill Delicate
The Pirate King - Julian Sykes
Samuel - Peter Lindsay
Frederic - Kerry Applin
Sergeant of Police - Richard Smith
Mabel - Naomi Taylor
Edith - Sarah Howe
Kate - Mandy Clowes
Isabel - Kaye Lee-Wright
Ruth - Ann Dent-Smith

Chorus of Pirates

Nigel Cox, John Dalby, Mark Donalds, Chris Healey,
Richard Smith, John Westbrook, Brian Youngman
plus Nadine Darnley, Sue Moore & Pat White (in Act II)

Chorus of Police

John Dalby, Mark Donalds, Chris Healey,
John Westbrook, Brian Youngman

Major-General Stanley's Wards

Kym Chalker, Stephanie Clark, Christine Cox,
Nadine Darnley, Celia Delicate, Shirley Howells,
Nadege Lindsay, Sue Moore, Val Sykes

About the operetta

The Pirates of Penzance (or The Slave of Duty) is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Sir Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. The opera's official premiere was at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York City on 31 December 1879, where the show was well received by both audiences and critics. Its London debut was on 3 April 1880, at the Opera Comique, where it ran for a very successful 363 performances, having already been playing successfully for over three months in New York.

The story concerns Frederic, who, having completed his 21st year, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates. He meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and the two young people fall instantly in love.

Frederic finds out, however, that he was born on 29 February, and so, technically, he only has a birthday each leap year.

His apprenticeship indentures state that he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday, and so he must serve for another 63 years. Bound by his own sense of duty, Frederic's only solace is that Mabel agrees to wait for him faithfully.

The Pirates of Penzance was the fifth Gilbert and Sullivan collaboration and introduced the much-parodied Major-General's Song. The opera was performed for a century by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in Britain and many other opera companies and repertory companies worldwide.


Pirates of Penzance 2006
Pirates of Penzance 2006
Pirates of Penzance 2006

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