On Monday evening the comic opera "Pirates of Penzance" was presented in its
entirety in the market Hall, Cleator Moor, by the children of these schools.
There was a good attendance which testifies to the popularity of these
entertainments, annually given by these children. People wonder how
children can be taught to perform such difficult pieces, and their training
undoubtedly required a great deal of time and patience. Mr Ciappessoni,
head master of St Patrick's has been engaged in this kind of work for many
years, and the way in which the "Pirates" was performed reflects credit on
him. Father Webb had charge of the music and worked most assiduously, and
the creditable manner in which the children rendered the music speaks
volumes for the teaching of that gentlemen. Miss Mill, the head mistress of
St Patrick's Infants, deserves special mention for the way the piece was
Prior to the raising of the curtain Father Kershaw who presided,
said a few words of welcome to those present and expressed the wish that all
would enjoy the performance. Jos Kong as the Pirate King sang in good
style; Dan Hudson and Cissie McNamee, as Fred and Mable, deserve praise for
the creditable manner in which they performed their different parts.
Frank Ciappessoni, as the Major General, was excellent and brought the house
down with his acting. Annie Dunn as Ruth was equally good. Her songs and
dialogues being all that could be desired. The other parts were taken in
good style. Mr Senior accompanied the children on the piano, kindly lent by
Mr J.T. Hall, and Frank Webb conducted.
Major General Stanley......F. I. Ciappessoni
The Pirate King..........Joseph King
Samuel (his Lieutenant).....Joseph Burns
Fredrick (the Pirate apprentice )....Daniel Hudson
} Kate Cullen
Edith } General Stanley's Kate Kennedy
Kate } Daughters. Kate Rogan
Isabel } Mary Power
Ruth (A Pirate made of all Work)..Annie Dunn.