The MAD Company &
The Love to Sing Choir
Sergeant of Police
Love to Sing Choir
~ The Chorus
The Pirate King
The MAD Company ~ The Cast
Major General Stanley
The Pirates of Penzance
or The Slave of Duty
Janet Avarne, Catherine Bigg, Karen Blackman, Mary Braitch,
Carole Burns, Mary Cripps,
Irene Ellis, Barrie Etherington, Doreen Hutton, Rita Holdsworth,
Val Gaskin, Chris Goodall,
Kathy Goodfellow, June Gorsuch, Michael Hydon, Susy Hill,
Lorraine Howell, Val Massey,
Barbara Miller, Cassie Newbery, Ruth Olliffe, Caroline Pritchard,
Pam Robson, Jan Roles,
Amanda Scott, Pauline Stevens, Maggie Tarpey, Ros Thomas,
Carol Tipping, Jim Titcomb,
Steve Totman, Pat Wilkinson, Rebecca Williams, Sheila Williams and Val Woodland.
When Frederick was a little boy, his nurse, Ruth, was told to apprentice him to a pilot. Not hearing correctly, she apprenticed him to a band of pirates, remaining with them herself as a maid. Frederick served dutifully.
As the curtain rises, his indentures are almost up and he is preparing to leave the pirate band and devote himself to the extermination of piracy.
A group of young ladies, wards of Major-General Stanley, arrive on the scene to have a holiday. One of them, Mabel, takes an interest in Frederick, and he in her. The other girls are seized by the pirates and pretending that he is an orphan so that they will feel sorry for him, Major-General Stanley manages to free them.
The curtain rises on the second act as this lie is troubling Major-General Stanley and he sits brooding among the gothic ruins of his ancestral home. He is consoled by his wards and by Frederick's plan to lead a band of police against the pirates.
The Pirate King and Ruth come to Frederick to tell him that he was bound to the pirates until his twenty-first birthday, and since he was born on February 29th, he has only had five birthdays- not twenty-one! Frederick's strong sense of duty compels him to re-join the pirates and he tells them of the Major-General's deception. They vow revenge, overpower the bumbling police and seize the Major-General.
The police charge the pirates to yield "in the name of Queen Victoria." This they do, being pirates who always honour their Queen. Ruth then explains that the pirates are not really pirates but "noblemen who have gone wrong." The Major-General pardons them and permits them to marry his wards.
Major-General Stanley - Tony Robinson
The Pirate King - Mandy Coluccia
Frederick - Tatum Shields
Ruth - Sue Calvert
Mabel - Hazel Simmons
Samuel - Bethany Breach
Sergeant of Police - Kevin Stephenson
Major-General Stanley's Wards - Amanda Ashton, Lucy Coluccia, Claire Fewings and Ali Monnery
Pirates - Kim Bedford, Brian Simmons, Caroline Stephenson, Kevin Stephenson and Denis Titchard
Police - Ali Monnery and Denis Titchard
An Abridged version
written by Vanessa K Breach.
Director and Conductor - Vanessa K Breach
Continuity - Judith Brandon
Stage Manager - Ray Breach
Light and Sound - Kevin Carrig, Pete Fewings and Olivia Monnery
Backstage - Alan Jordan and Theresa Jordan
Make Up - Mandy Godridge
Costume - Mandy Coluccia and friends
Scenery - Hazel Simmons and friends
Front of House - Sue Bradley, Sue Knight and friends
Refreshments - Many folks from Love to Sing and The MAD Company
The MAD Company ~ The Crew