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2nd Star Productions Pirates of Penzance

By • Nov 13th, 2007 • Category: Reviews

Listen to our review of 2nd Star Productions’ the Pirates of Penzance [MP3 4:04 1.9MB].

Laura: This is the review of the Pirates of Penzance performed by 2nd Star Productions at the Bowie Playhouse in Bowie, Maryland. Mike and I saw the performance on Saturday, November 10, 2007.

Mike: This is the very first production I have ever seen of any Gilbert and Sullivan show. I didn’t know what to expect other than people saying it has to be a lot of fun. It was a lot of fun, but I really couldn’t get into the show too well. I think that was much more on me than on the production itself.

Laura: I liked it. I enjoy Gilbert and Sullivan. The songs are very catchy. They do move right along. Although everyone was not taking themselves seriously, they looked like they were having fun. I had a really enjoyable time.

Mike: The Pirates of Penzance is a musical comedy by Gilbert and Sullivan. The show focuses on a young pirate, Frederic, who is finally being released upon turning 21 years old. He falls in love the same day. Unfortunately a loophole was discovered that he will not be freed from the pirates until his 21st birthday. Since he was born on February 29, his 21st birthday is actually 60 years into the future.

Laura: The role of the Major General was played by Ray Flint. He did a good job. His telltale song ‘I am The Very Model of a Modern Major General’, he did good job of it. A couple times I couldn’t quite understand all of the words, but I think that’s just because he was singing so fast that some of the words got muddled together, but he had good expressions. I understood the love he had for his daughters and he just seemed to have a really good time with the production. They all did.

Mike: Frederic, the 21 year old pirate not-wannabe, was played by Ron Giddings. He did a really good job with it. I did enjoy watching him fall in love with Mabel and then try to not break her heart when he had to make the decision to do the right thing by going back and fulfilling his commitment with the pirates. He had a nice voice.

Laura: The Pirate King was played by Adam Juran. He did a good job. He was very much the over the top actor, but he looked like he was having fun with the part. He had a good voice and could really belt it out. He played the role kind of swaggering and happy go lucky. He was a lot of fun to watch. I enjoyed him.

Mike: I really like the set. Act 1 took place at a rocky sea shore. Act 2 was a ruined chapel. The set was designed by the show’s director, Jane B. Wingard. It was simple and very easy. There were not a lot of pieces moving on or off the stage. Nothing coming down from the ceiling. Once it was there it was there. It gave lots of entrances. There were lots of creative places for the characters to hide behind during the different fights that were happening. They used the aisles of the theater for some of the entrances. Thy did a really good job and made it very creative.

Laura: I also like the costumes for Pirates of Penzance. The Costume Designer was Mary Dodson. They were simple and colorful. The second act took place outside the castle at night and so all of the girls were in nightgowns. It just seemed very appropriate.

Laura: The choreography for Pirates of Penzance I thought was really good. There were some complicated dance steps. Everybody was together and it was really fun to watch. The choreographer was Christine Asero.

Mike: The show ran just under two hours long with one intermission. It’s playing at the Bowie Playhouse in Bowie, Maryland through December 8. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3. The closing performance on Saturday the 8th is also at 3.

Laura: And now, on with the show.


  • Pirate King: Adam Juran
  • Frederic: Ron Giddings
  • Mabel: Ashley Bibby
  • Mabel: Tania Rosa Bindhoff
  • Ruth: Sue Centurelli
  • Major General Stanley: Ray Flynt
  • Constable Sergeant/Pirate: Wendell Holland
  • Samuel/Policeman: Nathan Bowen
  • Pirates & Policemen: Eric Badertscher, Kevin Buter, Zachary Fadler, Chermaine Julianne Jackson, Stevie Mangum
  • Edith: Jamie Erin Miller
  • Kate: Jenna Koepf
  • Isabel: Kristin Rogers
  • Daughters: Ashley Bibbly, Tania Rosa Dindhoff, Gabrielle Laxamana, Elizabeth Seaman


  • Director/Producer: Jane B. Wingard
  • Musical Director: Donald K. Smith
  • Choreographer: Christine Asero
  • Stage Manager/Properties: Joanne D. Wingard
  • Set Designer/Scenic Artist: Jane B. Wingard
  • Set Construction: Lynne Wilson, Joanne Wilson
  • Lighting /Sound Design: Garrett R. Hyde
  • Lighting/Sound Technician: Pete Dursin, Al Chopey
  • Costume Coordinator: Mary Dodson
  • Costume Assistants: Jane Wingard, Linda Swann, Nathan Bowen
  • Load In Crew: Garrett Hyde, Pete Dursin, Al Chopey, Duane Rouch, Hank Drahos, Joanne Wilson, Jane Wingard, Marty Hayes, Bill Davis, Stevie Mangum,
  • Lynne Wilson, Beth Schultz, Jane Wingard
  • Webmaster: Lynne Wilson
  • House & Concession Manager: Loretta Smith
  • Assistant House Manager: Patti Mangum
  • Usher Coordinator: Loretta Smith
  • Reservations: Jane Wingard, Michelle Wingard
  • Reservation Assistants: Gerry Verrier, Patti Mangum,
  • Photography: Jane Wingard, Joanne Wilson, Debe Tighe
  • Lobby Display: Debe Tighe
  • Program: Lynne Wilson


  • Bass: Larry Anstead
  • Violin: Nancy Badertscher
  • French Horn: Kathy Bartolomeo
  • Trombone: Larry owers
  • Bassoon: Chris Buck
  • Flute: Jean Deafenbaugh
  • Trumpet: Paul Deafenbaugh
  • Bassoon: Jeff Felts
  • Bass: Chris Gosper
  • Cello: Jamie Grant
  • Violin: Selena Healey
  • Violin: David Jollie
  • Violin: Sharon Jollie
  • Trumpet: Ed Justice
  • Cello: Margaret Justtice
  • Violin: Rob Manning
  • Clarinet: Mike Monda
  • Bassoon: Randy Neilson
  • French Horn: Diana Ogilvie
  • Trombone: George Payne
  • Flute/Piccolo: Shannyn Petersen
  • Musical Director/Conductor/Pianist: Donald K. Smith
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3 Responses »

  1. Very interesting to see a rather detailed “review” of our show. What a shame that not one single word is mentioned of the fine work of so many volunteer musicians in the “pit”. Perhaps the lack of any such mention is due to the fact that the VISUAL is always paramount in the eyes and minds of so many. However, without the orchestra, the visual would be of no importance whatsoever in ANY musical production. What a shame to have neglected mention of the real “guts” of the show. Don Smith

  2. I enjoy reading reviews and now offer one of my own. It would be really good if you could come up with more descriptive adjectives than “really good” or opinions other than “really liked”. It gets to be really boring hearing the same phrases repeated endlessly. The lack of articulate speech makes one wonder if you are really qualified to pass judgement on others’ artistic works. I really hope that you take this critique really seriously as you provide a really good service, but loose a tremendous (really large) amount of credibility with your really elementary level of speech. Seriously, this is a comment meant, not as a personal attack, but as a suggestion to be considered.

  3. Hi Don, Yes, you’re right, we did forget to mention the hard work that happened in the pit for Pirates. I apologize. It is easy to overlook the musicians in the team effort that makes up a musical production.

    MA (is the same Marty Hayes that is part of the load-in crew? – please post your full name when commenting here, stand on your opinions, thanks) You’ve hit upon one of the problems with our reviewing method: We discuss the show with each other to create the podcast. Then we provide a transcript of the audio. Unfortunately the spoken word is very different from the written word, so you see patterns that you are mentioning.

    We are always interested in having other people provide independent reviews for the site. There is not any other publication (web, magazine, or newspaper) anywhere in the DC region that covers community theater as broadly as we do. We review two to five shows per week, 40+ weeks a year, from Fauquier to Annapolis. We provide a comprehensive auditions listing. We compile a performance schedule. We interview interesting people involved with local theatre. If you’re interested in reviewing for us, send us an email.