Opera brings thrills and trills


March 17, 2023

Jana Peterson

The Pirate King and Ruth (brandishing a sword and soup ladle, respectively) threaten to capture the Major General's daughter and her young wards and turn them into pirates.

When the Little Opera of the North came to Churchill Elementary School Friday, it wasn't only the professional cast members who performed "The Pirates of Penzance." More than 50 students became part of the production, and the gymnasium became a seashore where pirates and members of the upper class threatened and flirted and finally made peace, in honor of the Queen.

Music teacher Regina Roemhildt said there was a larger-than-usual number of kids in the cast and the chorus, and the show kept the audience of first- through fourth-graders rapt, along with many parents who came to watch.

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