1941 Opera: Pirates of Penzance
Senior House Drama
THE Pirates of Penzance was played before the usual large audiences in December, 1941. Charlie Sinnott with his fine tenor voice and easy bearing gave an admirable performance as Frederic. Jack Halpenny, whose Pitti Sing, Josephine, and Tessa will be remembered, played the very different part of Ruth (the remains of a fine woman) as brilliantly as ever. This is his last female part, and is a worthy finale. Mabel was played by Eamon McElhatton, whose voice though small, was very sweet, and he sang his difficult music accurately. Michael McNamara in the main comedy role of Sergeant of Police was decidedly a " find." Gerard Duffy — a newcomer — was the very model of a Major-General, while Donal Hickey looked and acted very much the Pirate King. He was ably assisted by Dick Shanahan as Samuel. We should like to have seen and heard more of Edith (Dominic Conway) —his dialogue with his two " sisters " Kate and Isabel drew a round of applause.
The singing of the Chorus was, perhaps, the best yet; and they all, pretty daughters, tough pirates and policemen, looked the part.
As on former occasions Miss Foley, Mr. Bouch and other members of the Rathmines and Rathgar Musical Society gave their valuable assistance. The Orchestra as usual was very effective, and the lighting and settings were up to the usual high standard.