Mad Cow ReviewerReviews

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"Society delivers faultless musical.

An evening of sheer delight – comedy, romance, colour and wonderful music. That about sums up the latest production from Shrewsbury Amateur Operatic Society.

A packed audience delighted in The Pirates of Penzance last night and thunderous applause filled the Music Hall at the end of what I thought was a fault-less performace.

This operetta remains one of the most popular of the 15 works of Gilbert and Sullivan. The pirates of Penzance had its premiere in New York in December 1879 and it opened the following April in London where it ran for 363 days.

The Shrewsbury society first performed it in 1927. But despite the passing of the years it retains such strong appeal with memorable songs such as ‘Poor wand’ring one’, ‘I am the very model of a modern Major General’ and ‘How beautifully blue the sky’.

I often say it but I know how hard everyone involved in such a production works and I’m always reluctant to start singling people out.

That said, Tom Saxton as Frederic and Ellie Laugharne as his love interest Mabel were excellent as were Alisdair Hinton as the Pirate King and Anne Nichol as Ruth. I have come to expect very high standards from the society and I wasn’t disappointed."

Dave Morris

Shropshire Star – 14th March 2006