When my mom looked over BJU’s Fine Arts Events calendar at the beginning of the school year, her eye caught on Handel’s Messiah and The Pirates of Penzance. “Oo!” She exclaimed. “I’m going with you for those!” 😂😂👌🏼 She was particularly ecstatic about Pirates, a reaction shared by all to whom I mentioned the event, but not me. What is The Pirates of Penzance? I wondered.
A conversation with marketing photographer Derek Eckenroth revealed the production to be a comedic opera with spoken word woven in here and there, a musical which pre-dates musicals. As we made our way to our seats, Mom mentioned an apparent movie adaption and I concluded that I knew absolutely nothing about the performance we were about to see.
The production as a whole was brilliant. Like my first exposure to The Phantom of the Opera, there were many times when I could not discern what the actors were singing. Impart by this, there were times when the performance seemed to drag on (the totality being two and a half hours), but attention grabbers were well-placed to keep the audience awake, my favorite being when the police chief broke the fourth wall to critique the drummer. 😂😂👌🏼 I’m not sure how to rank it with the National Dance Company of Siberia, but I know the two are my top favorite performances so far.