As part of the 90th anniversary ceremony of Achimota School, Achimotans reenacted the 1983 British-American romantic musical comedy, ‘The Pirate of Penzance’.
The pirate ship which docked at the National Theatre Saturday night in Accra saw Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo and wife, Rebecca as special guest to grace the occasion. Former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings was also present.
The comic opera was performed and supported by the old students and some third-year students of the Achimota School as part of the year-long activities for the 90th anniversary.
The comic masterpiece thrilled President Akufo-Addo and everyone who was present at the entertainment dome.
When YEN.com.gh spoke to patrons of the event, they expressed delight and excitement. They also thanked the old Achimotans for such a masterpiece and asked that it’s repeated another time.
Frederic, the main character was played by Head Personal and Business Banking at Stanbic Bank Ghana, Nana Dwemoh Benneh (Akora) and Mabel was acted by musician Irene Logan (Akora). ‘Akora’ is a title given to every old student of Achimota School.
The comic opera was performed and supported by the old students and some third-year students of the Achimota.
Synopsis of the Pirate of Penzance
The story begins on a rocky seashore where the pirates are celebrating young Frederic's coming of age. He has completed his apprenticeship and is now about to become a full-fledged member of the crew. Frederic however shocks the pirate King and his men by announcing that he is leaving their band.
We find out that Frederic was mistakenly indentured to become a pirate when he was a child. Although he never approved of the pirates' plundering profession, he stayed with them because he was bound by his sense of duty. This same sense of duty, he tells them, now compels him to forsake them.
Frederic is about to marry his elder nanny Ruth, who has constantly accompanied him since he joined the ship, but he wants her to remain with the pirates. He has not seen another woman since he was eight years old, and he wants to compare Ruth with other women. He comes upon a group of beautiful maidens, all of them daughters of Major-General Stanley, and falls in love with the youngest, Mabel.
The pirates try to abduct the Major-General's daughters and marry them. But the Major-General begs for their release, claiming that he is an orphan, and that he would be all alone without them. The pirates, who are all orphans themselves, are sympathetic to him, and they give up their plans for marriage.