Still time to climb aboard

Watts Hall casts ‘Pirates of Penzance’

May 05, 2018
Director Daryl Hahn works with members of the cast of “The Pirates of Penzance,” this summer’s musical to be performed in Thomaston’s Watts Hall.

Thomaston — Watts Hall Community Theater’s production team has cast more than 40 local people from age 7 to 75 for this summer’s show, Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance.” The theater group will once again draw on the talents of many members of the community to put the production together.

While Gilbert and Sullivan set their musical in Victorian England, Watts Hall Community Players will present an updated version set during the 1950s on the Jersey shore. The hilarious farce still will be packed full of sentimental pirates, bumbling British bobbies and improbable paradoxes. However, the cocky band of pirates will encounter a bevy of beautiful maidens and the delightful “model of a modern Major General” for a rollicking romp on this side of the Atlantic.

Rehearsals have begun, but it is not too late to become involved. Director Daryl Hahn is looking for a few more members of the team to put on the show, so there are still opportunities for those out of town during auditions or who would like to help the production effort. Head of costuming Sheilagh Guyer is looking to borrow a few items to be used in the show: black or brown leather jackets; saddle shoes; and white bucks or high-top sneakers. Those interested in loaning items or becoming involved may contact Hahn at

The show will open the last weekend of June and conclude the first weekend of July.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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