4:00pm Monday 15th April 2013
On seeing an advert for Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates Of Penzance at the Pavilion Theatre in Worthing, I duly booked tickets for my friend and myself.
I knew nothing about the company performing it, RSOPA (Regnante School of Performing Arts), but marvelled at the enthusiasm and energy of the cast, coping well with the dance routines, the fast and furious singing and the humour.
When reading the programme, which gave a synopsis of each of the performers, I was amazed to find the ages of the cast were between 11 and 17 years, with the character Ruth, supposed to be 47, played by a 23-year-old.
Most are still at school or college, giving up their leisure time to the show.
People who criticise youngsters for being inactive and uninterested, should go to the next performance of this company, run by Amelia Regnante, and see for themselves what an entertaining evening they give.
A great deal of hard work must go into such performances. Credit to the cast and all the people who work behind the scenes is due, some of whom are also youngsters and members of RSOPA.
Mary Hobden, Rowan Avenue, Hove
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