Tuesday, 29 October 2013

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE by The Beeston Musical Theatre Group

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE by The Beeston Musical Theatre Group

The Chatsworth Arts Theatre until Saturday 2 November 2013

Written by Gilbert & Sullivan, this is probably the most popular of their comedy operettas and the BMTG draw out every laugh from the script. Now if you think Gilbert & Sullivan are a tad old fashioned, well how wrong you are because there have been a few subtle updates to the classic musical comedy, but not at the risk of detracting from it.

The two lead roles Mabel (Beth Yearsley) and Frederic (Sam Barson) are perfectly cast with two of the strongest voices I've heard in amateur theatre. I've heard Sam sing before but his voice has really expanded to singing opera and Beth's got a lovely clear quality to her voice with great control,and let's face it with the role of Mabel, she needed it for the vocal acrobatics required.

There are no weak links in the rest of the cast either and perform as a theatre group should do, as a group of one. No chinks in this armour!

A special mention should also be given to Martin Holtom who played Major General Stanley and had the tongue twister of a song "I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major General" off word perfect.

It was nice to see a live musical troupe providing the music, under the musical direction of Morris Fisher. And they didn't drown out the vocals either, so a pat on the back for getting the sound mix spot on.

A simple but effective set with cinematic screen as the backdrop transported you from pirate ship to Major General's Chapel completed the very enjoyable musical comedy operetta, ably directed and choreographed by Craig Butterworth.

Another big success for The Beeston Musical Theatre Group.

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