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Operatic Pirates Coming To Choral Society

Mackay Choral Society is proud to present The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera is packed full of sentimental pirates, blundering policeman, absurd adventures and improbable paradoxes.

Frederic, a pirate’s apprentice, falls head-over-heels in love with Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley.

Frederic is due to be released from his apprenticeship on his 21st birthday, but there’s a snag.

Born on 29 February, Frederic discovers that he is technically still a youngster.

Although very much in love, his dedication to duty is unshakeable.

Can he find a way to live happily-ever-after with Mabel?

The production brings together a who’s who of local talent, including Ken Brown making his directorial debut.

“In 2022 I was offered the opportunity to direct, for the first time, this amazing operetta that has a place in my heart,” said Mr Brown.

“My hope is to bring a childhood sense of wonder to all watching this production of Pirates of Penzance.”

Ken’s mother Judith will be the resident orchestra, filling the role of AM Accompanist having accompanied Mackay Choral Society’s 2009 production of The Pirates of Penzance.

It is also the third show that Jeanette Oberg and Bernie Camilleri-Cheng have produced together, with assistance from Nicole Thomson as Musical Director.

The cast also features local stars including Greg Webb, Berni Camilleri-Cheng, Caitlyn Schurmann and Sue Dalton.

Find Mackay Choral Society on Facebook for more information.

WHAT: Mackay Choral Society presents The Pirates of Penzance

WHEN: Saturday April 15, 2:00pm and 7:30pm and Sunday April 16, 2:00pm

WHERE: Central Queensland Conservatorium Of Music


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