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All-school musical rocks the boat

Brady students present ‘The Pirates of Penzance.’

A young pirate apprentice, Frederic, is about to be freed from his indentured period and has decided to leave the pirate life.

Once on shore, he falls in love with Mabel, one of the daughters of Major General Stanley.

The pirates soon arrive and want to marry the rest of Stanley’s daughters but the major general enlists the police to stop them.

Frederic wants to help protect the ladies but discovers that due to a technicality, he is still bound by duty to remain with the pirates.

“It’s funny all the time,” said music director Valerie Pohlman. “These kids are so fun and they have great attitudes. That’s what will make this play work.”

Pohlman has experience with “The Pirates of Penzance,” a musical originally done as an opera, written by Gilbert & Sullivan.

The musical is adapted and arranged by M.J. Arnold.

Pohlman helped produce the play at Brady 12 years ago, when the four senior members of the cast were in kindergarten.

Theatrical director Jennifer Most was a member of the cast when she was in high school.

“We both knew the characters and thought it would fit our kids,” Most said.

Thanks to creative construction by Jason and Sharon Axthelm and Misty Horn, the backdrop includes a rock cave and a pirate boat as well as the stage extending into the gym.

“There’s never a dull moment,” Pohlman said. “It will be a lot of fun to watch.”

The public performance is at 7 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free.

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