By Meredith Scalos
Every year the Lyric Theater Society of Georgetown College presents a fall opera for the enjoyment of the community. This year’s operetta has been dubbed “Pirates of Pinafore,” which is “[a] ridiculously silly operetta parody based on characters and themes of Gilbert & Sullivan” as described by the director, Heather Hunnicutt, on the show’s Facebook page.
As a member of the cast, I can honestly say that this operetta will make the audience laugh and keep them laughing until the curtain call. Of course, when the whole operetta is based on four lovely ladies chasing after a single tenor—starring Morgan Fralick in the pants role—laughs are guaranteed. With Bri Gibson, Nikita Taggert, Sarah Cox and Sarah Smith starring as the leading ladies who are all after this one guy one can just imagine the hilarity that is brought to the table. Not to mention that Samuel Gilbert III is in the role of Captain Sir Joseph, the supposed leader of this motley crew.
There is much more to this operetta than just the principle cast, as we have a phenomenal set that is larger than life as well as a chorus who has been directed under the careful hand of Dr. Deakins, a fresh faculty member in the music department.
If you aren’t kept laughing by the principle cast at any point then you can certainly turn to watch the members of the chorus play the roles of Sir Joseph’s other daughters, sailors on Sir Joseph’s ship and other interesting characters we see throughout the operetta which make this production all the more entertaining.
The music is phenomenal, the script is witty and entertaining and the pace of the production is quick and light-hearted as we follow this crew through their journey. The operetta will be showing this weekend, Nov. 8, 9 and 10. Both the Friday and Saturday showings will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday showing will be a matinee at 3:00 p.m.
Tickets are available at the door: $10 for adults, $5 for students (with I.D.) and children 10 and under receive free admission. I recommend everyone coming to see this production because it has a little something for everyone: wonderful singing, beautiful set design and pure comedy.