Elk Lake thespians to perform ‘Lady Pirates’
BY PAT FARNELLI
The Elk Lake Drama Club members must really enjoy pirate tales. It seems that many of the high school musicals are pirate plays, and some of the straight comedies involve pirates, or boats, at the very least.
This “Lady Pirates of the Caribbean” showing on Nov. 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. has a rousing, entertaining songbook, with a decent amount of humor, and shows off the vocal talents of seniors Haley Skinner, as the captain of the lady pirates, and Allyssa Hewitt, as the power-loving Lucretia.
A Pioneer Drama production, the plot begins with a stolen chest of gold doubloons going missing, which were sent by the Queen to care for orphaned children.
To save the orphans from starvation, Sister Benedict seeks the help of Esmeralda, the captain of the pirates known as “The Lawless Ladies.” Once an orphan herself, Esmeralda (Haley Skinner) promises to recover the gold.
The Lawless Ladies go to Parrot Isle dressed as a shipwrecked theatrical troupe. Esmeralda suspects that the Governor of Parrot Isle (Kevin Burns) and his niece Lucretia are impostors, but she has no proof. Wary Lucretia (Allyssa Hewitt) proclaims that the theatrical troupe is actually a band of spies.
Esmeralda and her Lawless Ladies are condemned to walk the plank, but Esmeralda tricks Lucretia and the fake governor and exposes their sinister plot.
The play includes a climactic, classic sword fight, some silly anachronisms and other hilarity.
Director Ina Bradish said that the show features several strong female actresses with great voices.
She said, “This had parts that allow some talented girls to show off their vocal skills, and there was even a part for Shanice (Warner) with a character who is always eating, which fits her just fine!”
Skinner has numerous Elk Lake productions under her belt, as well as participating in Endless Mountains Theatre’s Ed Camp.
Hewitt, relatively new to the Elk Lake stage, is known for her talent show successes.
The governor’s henchmen are One-eye Pete, played by Kyler DeGrote, and One-Arm Paul, played by Chris Kinder. Justin Cobb plays General Geronimo of the military of Parrot Isle, and Kayla Davis is a soldier.
Rachel Zayleskie is the maid Frederica, and Brynn Delong is Marcella, another servant.
Matt Sterner is Yoho Hokum. His crew: Hortense, Reilly Shingler; Boris, Travis Tewksbury; Belinda: Anna Delong; Wally: Ioleus Trowbridge; Wilma: Emily Burns.
Don Juan II is played by Nick Smith, and Nebula by Kelly Severcool.
The Lawless Ladies: Mamasita: Natalie Newhart; Rosalita: Madeline Spila; Anita: Shannon Murphy; Manuelita: Cydney DeWitt; Carmelita: Miranda Walker; Jane: Shanice Warner
Bradish is the director, and Rita Spila is the assistant director, with Melanie Transue serving as technical director. Bradish also is costume director, and Kathleen Amadile is the choral director.
Zach Shafer is stage manager and lighting designer, with Megyn Stevens as assistant stage manager.
The cost of admission is $3, and reservations are suggested. Call 570-278-1106 and leave a message on extension 226.