The Carillon - ONLINE EDITION
By: Dave Baxter
Posted: 02/5/2018 10:00 AM
A classic 19th century love story will be combined with a classic 20th century science fiction series to create a brand new live performance coming to a local school.
Students at Steinbach Christian School have been hard at work as they prepare to perform a musical production that will be based on the Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera H.M.S. Pinafore, which was first performed on stage in 1878.
Steinbach Christian School music director James Fast said he has added a new twist to the old story, by adapting the script to have a Star Trek theme.
"This performance is called H.M.S. Enterprise," Fast said. "And what I did was look at the original story, but start to look outside the box and think, ‘Where else could this be set?’
"In the original they would have been sailing on a ship, so I’ve adapted it so they are sailing in space."
Fast added the play will feature the original music from the original H.M.S. Pinafore script, but with some lyrical changes made to suit the show’s space theme.
According to Fast, the show makes "lighthearted fun" of the idea of social hierarchy and the class system.
"The main characters are the captain of the ship, his daughter and the various sailors on the ship, Fast explained.
Along the way, the daughter is arranged to be married to someone else of a higher social order, who she does not love.
"She instead loves the common sailor, and so the plot develops around that," he said.
Fast added the show is about 90 minutes long and "doesn’t take itself too seriously" and gets a lot of laughs from its "tongue-in-cheek humour."
"I think this will be very entertaining because the musical is funny, and it pokes light-hearted fun at the classes in a 19th century English sense," Fast said.
H.M.S. Enterprise runs at Steinbach Christian School from Feb. 8 to 11, with shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and a Sunday show starting at 3 p.m.
Tickets for the show are $10 and are available at the Steinbach Christian School office, by calling 204-326-3537 or by purchasing them on the school’s website at steinbachchristian.ca.
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