Pirates will capture Penn Yan audiences

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Pirate King Dickie Axtell (right) and his ruthless band of pirates capture Major General Stanley, played by Jason Riley.

The Pennsylvania-Yankee Theatre Co. presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Pirates Of Penzance!” Aug. 9, 10, and 11 at 7 p.m. in the newly renovated and air-conditioned Penn Yan Academy auditorium at 305 Court St., Penn Yan.

This humorous and family friendly show is PYTCo.’s first foray into the topsy-turvy comedy of musical theatre’s most successful duo, W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, but director John Christensen is no stranger to their world, having directed and acted in several very successful productions with other companies.

Music Director Brian Cerow is a local celebrity, famed for his musical abilities both at the piano and on the stage. His tutelage has refined a talented group of enthusiastic amateurs into a true cast of singing actors worthy and capable of the excellent music of  “The Pirates of Penzance!”

PYTCo.’s “The Pirates of Penzance” stars Kimmie Comacho as Mabel, Aiden VanValkenburg as Frederick, Jason Riley as the Major General, Richard Axtell as the Pirate King, Carole Cummings as Ruth, Kyle Hurd as the Sergeant of Police, Becky Shoemaker as Edith, Gordon Crans as Samuel, and Hannah Gaston as Kate.

The Major General schemes desperately to save his maidenly daughters from the dastardly but tenderhearted pirates who intend to marry them, while the young hero, Frederick, falls in love with the beautiful Mabel,  bravest of all of General Stanley’s many daughters, as he fends off the advances of a middle-aged and love-sick Ruth. While the humor of the show is based on lampooning Victorian propriety with some modern references, the show is still child-safe and highly entertaining.

Advance tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens, available at Longs’ Cards and Books on Main Street in Penn Yan. Remaining tickets available at the door.

Pennsylvania-Yankee Theatre Co. presents Pirates of Penzance! Aug. 9, 10 and 11 in the Penn Yan Academy Auditorium