Contributed by New Dominion Choraliers of Prince William County
The New Dominion Choraliers of Prince William County invite you to embark on a Pirate Adventure with them as they present selections from Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance”, along with other musical “Treasures”, on Saturday, April 26, at 7:30 PM, and Sunday, April 27, at 3:30 PM, at Gar-Field Senior High School, 14000 Smoketown Road, Woodbridge, Virginia 22193.
“The genius of Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Pirates of Penzance’ lies in the robust melodies, and the cutting wit of the lyrics in songs that tell of honor, duty, and love, but which still poke fun at such things as social conventions, the law, and romance,” Katherine Nelson-Tracey, the Choraliers’ Director, explains.
“It’s a rollicking comic musical about a man who mistakenly becomes apprenticed to Pirates as a child, simply because his nurse misheard the word ‘Pilot’,” says Steve Hein, President of the Choraliers, who will portray the Major-General in the lyrically challenging classic song “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General”. “Because the apprentice is an honorable man,” Hein adds, “he fulfills his apprenticeship, but then is determined to atone for his conduct as a pirate by dedicating the rest of his life to ending piracy–but, again, because he is an honorable man, a technicality sends him back to a pirate’s life! Even the Pirates, though, are honorable in their own way–they release their hold on the Major-General’s female wards because they believe he is an orphan, and these ‘Gentlemen’ pirates will not prey on orphans!”
Will the apprentice be forced to spend the rest of his life as a pirate, against his desire, just because he was born on February 29th instead of the 28th!? Will his commitment to honor the strange terms of his apprenticeship cause him to lose the woman he loves? And will his betrayal of the Major-General’s lie about being an orphan, mean the general’s lovely wards will be pirated off by these “gentlemen” of the sea? According to Hein, “You can find out at Gar-Field Senior High School on April 26 and 27!”
The Choraliers will also be presenting “Other Treasures” from Broadway and Pops in their musical program. Their show will open with the beautiful “Pure Imagination” from the musical Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. And, like diamonds sprinkled through a pirate’s treasure chest, the chorus will present other musical highlights such as the lovely “Riversong” and “Orinoco Flow”, along with the beautifully romantic “On a Slow Boat to China”, and the sparkling “The Stars Are With the Voyager”. Dance Etc. School of the Arts, under the artistic direction of Ann Boyle, will again join the Choraliers on stage as its dancers present several original performances.
Tickets are available at the box office, and online through the NDC website, www.newdominionchoraliers.org . Adult Tickets are $15; tickets are $10 for Seniors (age 55+)/Students (age 14+)/Active-Duty Military/and Veterans; and $5 for children ages 5 through 13; Children 4 and younger are free.
NDC continues to support Trevor’s Treasures, a local charity with the mission of bringing toys to children with cancer. Trevor Blake, who passed away in 2013, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer at the age of five. But instead of giving up, and giving in, he set a mission for himself–to bring toys to other children who were also suffering from cancer. “This generous young boy overcame his own afflictions,” Nelson-Tracey explains, “and dedicated his short life to bringing smiles to the faces of other children undergoing the rigors of cancer treatment.” The New Dominion Choraliers supports the mission of Trevor’s Treasures by collecting unwrapped toys and donations in the lobby at their concerts.
The New Dominion Choraliers is an award-winning volunteer, non-auditioned, chorus of dedicated amateur and professional musicians, and is widely recognized for its musically diverse performances, as well as its commitment to the communities in which it performs. The chorus provides a supportive environment for the musical growth and development of its members, as well as ample opportunity for individual contributions and accomplishments. Membership in the chorus is open, without audition, to adults, and to Juniors and Seniors in High School who have a serious interest in choral music. NDC also provides opportunities for students at Northern Virginia Community College’s Woodbridge Campus to earn ensemble credits as members of the chorus. NDC is an Affiliate Arts Organization at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.
For more information, visit NDC’s website, call 703-590-2147 or 703-498-8906, or check the chorus’s Facebook Fan Page at www.facebook.com/NewDominionChoraliersOfPrinceWilliam. To receive the chorus’ newsletter, called E-Notes, contact [email protected]. NDC keeps information confidential.
Partial funding of the New Dominion Choraliers of Prince William County has been provided by Prince William County, NOVEC, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Meredith Foundation.
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