Ahoy, me hearties

Sheryl Gale (from left) with Mark Thompson and Cally Zanik with (front row) Mikaela Innes and Sylvia Mellor.
Sheryl Gale (from left) with Mark Thompson and Cally Zanik with (front row) Mikaela Innes and Sylvia Mellor.

With a largely Rockingham and Kwinana cast, Phoenix Theatre and Laughing Horse Productions Inc are firing up the pirate ship and heading to Hamilton Hill with one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most famous operettas.

Kwinana residents and actors Cally Zanik, Catherine Motteram, Val Geeves, Emmalee Bialas and Phillipa Bialas, plus Parmelia resident and production Vocal Coach Krispin Maesalu will add a little local flavour.

Rockingham locals Sheryl Gale, Mikaela Innes, Sylvia Mellor, Crystal Suche and Mark Thompson will also be on deck for the July run of performances.

Ms Motteram plays the role of Edith, the oldest of the Major-General’s (played by Paul Treasure) daughters.

‘I’m the oldest sister who sings, but doesn’t dance, a role I like very much,’ she said.

Sisters Emmalee and Phillipa Bialas said they can’t wait to don policeman uniforms and take the pirates to task during the production, along with Val Geeves who has extensive acting experience having appeared on stage with Kwinana Theatre Workshop and the Koorliny arts Centre and Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

Cally Zanik is performing in the chorus of sisters. She has an extensive background in the performing arts and has been on and off the stage since the age of twelve.

Ms Zanik received the stage manager award at the State Drama Festival 2012 held at Garrick Theatre in Guildford and has managed productions at Camelot Theatre in Mosman Park, Phoenix Theatre and Kwinana Theatre Workshop.

‘It is my first musical with a live orchestra, sword fighting and leather clad pirates on stage, as well as the boat,’ she said.

‘I’m bit excited as to see how they can fit a group of ladies into all the action.’

Pirates of Penzance plays at 8pm on July 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 and at 2pm on July 7 and 14.

Tickets are $25, concession $20. Bookings can be made by visiting www.taztix.com.au. The Memorial Hall, Phoenix Theatre is on the corner of Rockingham Road and Carrington Street, Hamilton Hill.