Deesiders had an opportunity to see arguably Gilbert and Sullivan’s most famous musical last week, the Pirates of Penzance.
Banchory Town Hall was boarded by a pirate cast on Saturday, March 22, and then they set sail to Aboyne Victory Hall on the Sunday.
Both venues saw sell-out performances by Banchory Singers and Deeside Orchestra.
This was the culmination of over a years’ work by the Singers led by their formidable director, Tara Leiper, who required all her musical talent, experience and energy to coax the best out of the chorus and principals.
Jane Elder of the group said: “This was the first time for many years that Banchory Singers were accompanied by the Deeside Orchestra and both groups deemed this collaboration a great success!”
Costumes were begged, borrowed, bought and hand-made and many hours were spent going over actions, words and music.
Jane said: “The results were two hugely enjoyable and entertaining concerts both for performers and audiences.”
Positive praise abounded including audience members crying out: “Brilliant! We loved it! What fun! Well done – great to have such good entertainment locally! A great show!”
Pirates was the fifth Gilbert and Sullivan collaboration and introduced the much-parodied Major-General’s Song, satirising the idea of the “modern” educated British Army officer of the latter 19th century.
n More pictures on page 29.