'Pirates' plays at ACS Nov. 4-5


Andes — Set sail with a cast of tenderhearted pirates and other quirky and comic characters when the Andes Central School Drama Club presents The Music Theatre International “junior” version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic operetta, “The Pirates of Penzance.” Show times are Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5 with the curtain scheduled to open both nights at 7 p.m.

Performed for the first time on the London stage in 1879, “The Pirates of Penzance” is a rare treasure, a show that has survived for over a century without losing its charm. The Andes one-act “junior” version revolves around the story of Frederic, a young man apprenticed to a band of dim-witted, genteel, orphan-respecting, and not-so-scary pirates. It’s Frederic’s 21st birthday, his indentures are ending, so he can join the pirate band.

Frederic is played by Zackery Grapes, a junior who previously has dazzled on the Andes stage in roles of Snoopy in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” and Aladdin in “Aladdin Jr.” Zackery’s younger brother Jedah, a fifth-grader, stars in the comical lead role of a midget Pirate King.

Always an audience favorite, Jonathan Andrews cuts an impressive figure as Major General Stanley. The show features a desperate nursemaid, played ably by sophomore Jennifer Andrews, a comic unit of British Bobby Police led by senior Ashley Terry, and a bevy of General Stanley’s rather vacant but delightful daughters. Jade Litaker, who starred as Jasmine in last fall’s production of Aladdin Jr., breaks the daughter mold giving brainy sisters a good name by playing Mabel, the sweet singing sister who falls in love with Frederic.

Eloise Harris, the show’s choreographer, has woven fast paced, high energy, dance routines into almost every song. Ed Sanford is the technical director and Tamara Titch the musical director. John Bernhardt directs the show.

Tickets are $6. Information: 845 676-3166.