Thursday, July 30, 2009
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No piracy here. 'Penzance' offers family entertainment without raiding your treasure chest

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[July 30, 2009]  Lincoln Christian Church opened its run of the Gilbert and Sullivan musical "The Pirates of Penzance" last night. And if comments by first-night patrons are any indication, this is a musical one shouldn't miss.

Insurance"Penzance" is an entertaining and laughter-filled production. The humor seemed to flow naturally, the music was sung beautifully, and the pirates were a tanned sight. The pirates were fully clad with an assortment of eye patches, swords and hats. The maidens appeared as porcelain dolls with rosy cheeks and ringlet curls. But most importantly, they all could act and sing.

One patron said she laughed all night. "The cast members were a hoot," she said. "They were so animated and colorful. You could tell they were really having a good time. The music was beautiful but difficult, and they were exceptional. I walked away and wondered when was the last time I got such good entertainment for $5?" 

Performances will continue tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Christian Church Fellowship Center, 204 N. McLean St., so there is still time to come out and enjoy this trip into the days of pirates and song and laughter.

In the cast are Bob Kurka, Patrick Perry, Randy Storm, Jeremy Goeckner, Brian Welter, Kristee Smith, Beverly Kurka, Sheralyn Bolton, Annie Sheley, Gail King, Miriam Carter, Kate Harmon, Elizabeth Carter, Alexis Hill, Casey Kennett, Rebekah Crider, Shelby Voyles, Brian Bolton, Ethan Golden, Brandon Davis, Steven Schleich, Bud Estep, Ed Carter, Mike Koke, David Carter, Curtis Schleich, Ian Crider, Dan Bailey and Chris Hazel.

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Tim Searby is directing the production, with Jim Allison as assistant director, and Linda Storm serves as accompanist.

All tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the church office, 217-732-7618.

Seating is limited to 300 for each performance. All proceeds from the show will be divided between Harvest of Talents for World Hunger and Together for Lincoln.

[Text from file received. Jessica Eynon and Karen Hargis contributed to this report.]


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