SOUTH OTSELIC – This weekend, the Otselic Valley High School will stage a production of the comedic musical “Pirates of Penzance.”
The play, directed by music teacher Winnie Sortman, is a story about the obligation of duty, but the cast of familiar faces and new talent ensures the comedic nature of the play will keep you laughing throughout the two acts.
The play begins at a pirate celebration. The Pirates of Penzance, an unsuccessful lot of crooks, are celebrating Frederic’s (played by Daniel Larkin) 21 birthday, and subsequently the end of his apprenticeship with the pirates. As a child, Frederic was mistakenly thrown in with the lot when his nurse maid Ruth (played by Amber Wood) mishears her master. Because she is hard of hearing, she apprentices the young lad to a pirate instead of to a ship’s pilot.
After years of working with the crew and their Pirate King (Eric Wentworth), Frederick jumps at his chance to join the civilized world. He tells the pirates once he is free from his apprenticeship he will be leaving their ranks, and what’s more, due to his sense of duty, he will have no choice but to exterminate them for their foul deeds. However, to the very end, Frederic fulfills his obligations. Before he leaves, he explains the reason the pirates have not gained riches and success. Due to their kind hearted nature, the pirates never take on an opponent who is weaker than they are, and when they take on a stronger opponent, they lose. In addition, because many of the pirates are orphans, the always let their prey go if they claim to be orphans as well; a fact that has become so well know that every potential victim claims to be a pirate in order to escape unscathed.
Ruth begs Frederick to take her with him, and since he has never seen another woman, she convinces him that she is beautiful, despite the fact that she is more than 20 years his senior. However, Ruth’s lie does not convince Frederick for long. Once they dock he sees a group of lovely ladies and sends Ruth away for lying to him...