For the 2018 Middle School Play, the seventh and eighth graders are putting on a production of the musical comedy by William Schwenck Gilbert, Pirates of Penzance Jr. The story is based on the original musical, Pirates of Penzance by Arthur Sullivan. This hilarious musical about dim-witted pirates, goofy policemen, and young lovers will have audiences of all ages falling out of their seats laughing!
The play stars Parker Pape as Fredrick, Sara Mack Lowe as the Pirate King, Henry Crowder as the Major General, Harper Purcell as Mabel, Imana Adogu as Edith, and Landrum Brown as the Sergeant. The show is also composed of a Pirate, Policeman, and daughter chorus. Other contributors to the production were the stage managers, Chloe Sears and Ingrid Nilsson, and the directors, Rasheeda Moore, Lorraine Thompson, and Katie Townsend, as well as stage crew.
The play will be performed Friday and Saturday (February 2 & 3) at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday (February 4) at 2:00 p.m. in the Bertelsmann Presentation Hall. Tickets will be available at the door. $2 for students and seniors and $5 for adults.
“Young and beginner actors sometimes think all they need to do to be successful on stage is to learn their lines and blocking. Nothing could further from the truth. Actors need to know what their lines mean. ‘Why is my character saying this?’ ‘How does this make my character feel?' Acting is listening and reacting.”
--Rasheeda Moore, director