Primadonna Productions to host the Pirates of Penzance

THE CLASSICS: The Primadonna Productions Youth Troupe will take on a Gilbert and Sullivan classic comic opera. Photo: Primadonna Productions.
THE CLASSICS: The Primadonna Productions Youth Troupe will take on a Gilbert and Sullivan classic comic opera. Photo: Primadonna Productions.

"This has been quite a different undertaking for our young performers. They have worked hard with this unfamiliar genre of entertainment."

This was what Pinjarra director Carole Dhu said as she reflected on her junior performance troupe's undertaking of perhaps their most nuanced musical to date, The Pirates of Penzance.

The comic opera's first performance dates back to 1879, written by renowned playwrights W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan (Gilbert and Sullivan).

The story follows a young Frederick, who was accidentally assigned to be an apprentice to a pirate instead of a ship's pilot, at the age of eight.

Primadonna Productions' youth troupe have taken on many-a-classic, including Fiddler on the Roof and the Sound of Music, and Ms Dhu told the Mail she was looking forward to bringing this particular old favourite to the stage.

"Gilbert and Sullivan doesn't tend to make appearances on community theatre stages as often as it used to," she said.

"So this will provide audiences with a rare opportunity to either re-visit the show for those who know if well, or discover this rollicking tale for the first time."

Tickets can be purchased at Music Force Mandurah for $10, and are available by cash sales only.

"True love, misunderstandings and lively characters abound in this fun show," Ms Dhu said.

The Pirates of Penzance will perform at the Pinjarra Civic Centre:

  • July 2 - 7:30pm
  • July 3 - 2pm and 7:30 pm