By Gilbert and Sullivan. Eltham Little Theatre. Director: John Leahy. Choreographer: Amber Smith. July 12 – 22.
Opening with a bang … a canon … the ship came on stage, part of the side folded down and the pirates spilled onto stage. Very effective!
While I’m very familiar with The Pirates of Penzance, I haven’t previously encountered the junior version. Though the story line was unaltered, most songs had been cut down and some eliminated, trimming the running time to a little over an hour. Songs had been transposed into lower keys and there was little harmony.
However, the production was most entertaining.