Coming this weekend to the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall is the Gilbert and Sullivan classic opera, “The Pirates of Penzance.” A production presented by The School of Music, the opera combines a 23-member Philharmonic with 21 actors and singers to create a touching and hilarious tale, worthy of even the most adventurous student. “The Pirates of Penzance” is a fun trip that will makes the theatre a fun place to be.
The opera follows young Fredric, played by senior music education major Alexander Molica, who is nearly finished with his 21-year service among the dashing pirates. He falls in love with Mabel, played by graduate student Isabella Anderson, the daughter of a Major-General, played by English major Ben Hill. When it is discovered Fredric was born Feb. 29 on a leap year and is technically five years old, Fredric must decide where his duties lie — with his betrothed or with his crew.
The most impressive aspect of the opera is how the angelic voices of the cast carry over the orchestra. To do so requires great amounts of vocal control and projection, and the cast handles this daunting task with grace.
Both Molina and Anderson lead the cast with performances filled to the brim with energy. Whenever the two are on stage, they push the rest of the cast to their absolute best, and their chemistry is the stuff of dreams.
Another standout of the cast is Hill. His role as Major-General Stanley gives him the daunting task of reciting the most iconic musical number from the opera. His crotchety behavior is humorous and will leave viewers both invested and laughing.
Production-wise, the show is minimal which works to its advantage. With a side-splitting story and energized characters, there is no need to hide behind an extravagant set.
The musical numbers are frequent and each one is more entertaining than the last. When the finale comes, viewers feel as though they have been through a whirlwind of musical theatre.
Ticket prices for the show will be $7 for students and $10 for adults with shows on Friday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are available to purchase on the School of Music’s website.