Major General Stanley (Timothy Blanch) during the Kingaroy State High School 2019 musical production Pirates of Penzance.
Major General Stanley (Timothy Blanch) during the Kingaroy State High School 2019 musical production Pirates of Penzance. Jessica McGrath

REVIEW: Pirates of Penzance draw up anchor in Kingaroy

IN A classic tale of beautiful maidens and orphan-sympathetic pirates, Kingaroy students showed off an array of talent.

Kingaroy State High School students performed the musical Pirates of Penzance for their peers, family and members of the community on June 27 and 28.

The production was seamless with 95 students from Year 7 to 11 showcasing weeks of hard work and the school's relatively new state-of-the-art hall.

The 60 budding actors and actresses beamed with confidence as the maidens displayed grace as they danced and the pirates sang and fought.

They were supported by more students backstage, doing lighting and the 15 students who played in the live band.

Baritone saxophone player Tia Harm said the music was a great challenge.

"It's really different to what we play, a bit difficult and a challenge,” she said.

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Timothy Blanch had the audience laughing along as his character Major General Stanley appeared.

He had quite a strong presence on stage and his take on the 'modern Major-General' was well executed with many carefully articulated mentions of scientific, school P&C and mathematical terms.

The Pirate King, Thomas Hardy, showed the audience why he was the pirate in charge with his strong lead in one of the opening songs.

Songstress Mabel, played by Amber Fitz-Herbert, pulled off some gutsy high notes as the fair maiden captured the attention of pirate Frederick.

He was played by Year 10 student Jacob Slatter who enjoyed the opportunity to learn all of the lines and songs in the production.

"I enjoyed getting to know more and more people and experiencing different things,” he said.

The show had many funny moments, tragic moments and even moments where you forgot this was only a high school production.

Check out some of the memorable moments of the production in the gallery below:

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