By MELANIE MOORE
THOMAS — The Snake River High School Music Theatre presents Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance," which opens tonight and runs through Saturday. The show begins at 7 p.m. at the Snake River High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5.
"Pirates of Penzance," a light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek musical melodrama, follows the actions of an apprentice pirate, Frederic. The student cast features the musically talented Curtis VanOrden as Frederic, the comedic Jake Arbon as the pirate king, Drew Parks as General Stanley, Kassidy Stailey as Ruth and Carolyn Grayson as Sergeant of Police.
The full-scale production also features more than a dozen pirates, a dozen daughters of the Major General and numerous policemen. The Snake River Community Orchestra will accompany the students.
The production is not easy, as students have struggled to grasp the language in which Gilbert and Sullivan wrote the musical. But they have fully enjoyed the challenge and have had a lot of fun preparing for the show.
"These teenagers put a lot of work into this," Grayson said.
The students were cast in May and began rehearsing in September.
Jake Arbon, a senior who has performed in numerous productions at Snake River High School, said he enjoys acting and being on stage.
"It is a release from the everyday tedious normalities," Arbon said.
When asked what audiences should take away from the show, Arbon replied with "a sore stomach, hopefully.
"I hope they see the humor in this show," Arbon said.
The Snake River theatre productions rely completely on community support, and the money raised at each show goes toward the next. With school budget reductions, Grayson said it is even more important to support the kids in the program.
"I would like to encourage the community to come out and support us," Grayson said. "They should expect an enjoyable evening."