Swashbuckling style at youth group

More than 50 youngsters aged eight-18 years old will take to the stage in swashbuckling style for Brighton Theatre Group Youth’s Broadway revival production of The Pirates of Penzance.

Sunday, 22nd May 2011, 9:16 am

They will be in action at The Windmill Theatre, Blatchington Mill School, Neville Road, Hove from June 1-4.

Show spokeswoman Amanda Solomon said: “Pirates is a comic opera in two acts, with music by the renowned Victorian partnership of composer Arthur Sullivan and librettist W S Gilbert.

“Gilbert and Sullivan collaborated on 14 comic operas, and Pirates is a full-on musical romp full of great songs, larger-than-life characters and great comedy. Thirty years ago Broadway decided to give the show its own special touch, and the revival has played to packed houses since then and been made into a film.

“With superb performances from 17-year-old Laurence Young (from Lewes) as the Pirate King and 16-year-old Rory Maguire (from Hove) as the Major General, the cast offers a wealth of young talent in the guise of the General’s daughters, policemen and pirates.

15-year-old Ollie Wray (from Brighton) plays the love-struck pirate Frederick with Frances Wood (15, from Rottingdean) taking the female lead as Mabel.

“Pirates’ tells the story of Frederic, who, at 21 years old, 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 February 29, and so, technically, he has a birthday only 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.”

Tickets priced from £10 are available on 01273 583478 or online at www.brightontheatregroup.ticketsource.co.uk.