I am biased because I’m a parent board volunteer, but I have to say: You’d be hard-pressed to find a better entertainment value than Harrison School of the Arts’ production of “Pirates of Penzance,” the rollicking Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. This weekend is your last chance to see it. You can buy tickets here.
The two-hour production, which features the Harrison orchestra playing for a cast of Harrison student-actors, keeps the audience laughing and toe-tapping throughout. The story doesn’t tell well: A wrongly indentured pirate apprentice, a softy Pirate King, a bunch of virginal young women, and their father, the Modern Major General, enjoy hijinks. But if you’re worried that a 100-year-old plus snooty British comedy might drag, I assure you it’s better and more entertaining than Pirates of the Caribbean III. My 5-year-old sat or stood in rapt attention throughout. And that’s saying something.
The highlight would have to be actor Brendan Troost’s wonderfully droll, yet ridiculously fast rendering of the classic “I am the very model of a modern major General” song. His interplay with the audience and the orchestra is priceless.
So get out there and support local theatre and music while recognizing there are an awful lot of kids doing good things with their time and talents.