DERRY —The shows are going on this spring at Pinkerton Academy as the Pinkerton Players present live-streamed virtual performances of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance."

Four performances will be held April 7, 8, and 9, at 7 p.m. and again on April 10 at 2 p.m.

Audiences can purchase tickets to view the shows live as the young actors take the stage.

According to show co-director Susanne Tartarilla, also the school's Dean of Students and Support Services, the shows will be done with two casts made up of about 19 students each, with each cast able to do two performances.

Laurą Iwaskiewicz also serves as a co-director, along with handling musical direction and choreography.

Tartarilla said this particular show, a comic opera, is a good one as the music is all available in the public domain so it cuts down on show costs.

And the students are having a lot of fun.

"The kids are rising to the occasion," Tartarilla said. "They just do it, they are having fun just being together."

With the majority of the audience watching virtually, Tartarilla said one of the dress rehearsals was to be performed for faculty in the audience.

Another big difference is not having a pit orchestra beneath the front of the stage due to social distancing requirements.

Student musicians will be playing the musical score from the band room with special monitors set for both band and actors on the stage to see and hear each other.

Tartarilla said having the shows performed virtually is different, but still gives the students a chance to take the Stockbridge stage in costume and present the annual spring musical.

"Anything we can do to help them, and support them doing the thing they love," she said.

Due to the pandemic, last year's show, "Children of Eden," was canceled, but performances eventually took place outdoors at the Tupelo Music Hall.

For information and tickets for the virtual performances of "The Pirates of Penzance," visit

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