Enriching talk hits the stage

Pirates of Penzance, the upcoming musical from CHSS, is more than a whimsical romp through the piratical landscape of the Victorian era.

The Pirates of Penzance, the upcoming musical by talented performers from Charles Hays Secondary School (CHSS), is much more than a whimsical romp through the piratical landscape of the Victorian era.

It is a defining moment in the evolution of musical entertainment and a milestone in the storied careers of its librettist and composer, Gilbert and Sullivan.

Prince Rupert Gilbert and Sullivan enthusiast Michael Gurney will share a one-hour public enrichment talk on Jan. 15 and Jan. 16 that sets the stage for the patter songs, ingenious paradoxes, and vocal gymnastics that CHSS will perform one week later.

Enhance your enjoyment of the show with unique insights and historical background. Admission to the lecture is by donation, with proceeds benefiting the CHSS music and theatre programs. The event will begin at 7 p.m. on both nights in the lobby of the Lester Centre.