Friday, March 22, 2013

The Pirates of Penzance

Mabel ordering the policemen

Bristol Riverside Theater, located at 120 Radcliffe Street, is presenting a glorious production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta The Pirates of Penzance through April 28. Set Designer Julia C. Lee has ensured the show begins with a splash.  Before the opening number, the audience is treated to a miniature pirate ship sailing across the stage, after which pirates jump onstage pushing masts, barrels and nets to simulate the interior of a pirate ship.  And that is only the first of many moments of brilliance.  Larry Cahn, portraying the Major General demonstrates that he can sing as fast as “The Flight of the Bumblebee” while clearly spitting out each and every word.  April Woodall, portraying Ruth and Nick Cordero, portraying The Pirate King, give him a run for his money. The six daughters, portrayed by Sarah J. Gafgen, Erika Strasburg, Samantha Kuhl, Lauren Cupples, Jessica Gruver and Victoria Mayo may not sing quite as quickly but their task is just as difficult because they must do everything in unison and they do it beautifully.  Did I say beautifully?  Award winning singer/actor Maria Failla plays Mabel and her portrayal is enthralling.   Julian Alvarez, playing Sergeant of the bumbling police has a brilliant performance not only for his singing but primarily for his athleticism.  The plot is silly but it is meant to be!  Come out and see this performance for a night of rollicking good fun.  There isn’t a moment you’ll want to miss. Oh, and don’t forget the pirates!  For more information or tickets, call 215-785-0100 or visit online at

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