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Click on this to hear the Overture to The Pirates of Penzance !

Pirates of Penzance at The Torch Theatre, Milford Haven in May 2002 !

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Above is an image of the highly successful Oklahoma! in June 2000

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The above image is from Camelot in June 1999

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Any photos of other shows are most welcome if you have them !

Recent productions include:

2001 Barnum - Directed by Julia Rees
2000 Oklahoma! - Directed by Carol Mackintosh
1999 Camelot - Directed by Jenny Whyte
1998 Singing in the Rain - Directed by Julia Rees

Their next major production will be Pirates of Penzance in May 2002.

If you could assist us with listing any details about shows that HOS have produced over the years we would be most grateful. Information about who directed each show or who were the principals in each show would also be much appreciated. We can then update this page as new information is sent to us.

Another production is due in a couple of months from now so stay tuned for details when they are submitted to us.

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For all of you pirates and police out there, not to mention Major Stanley's Daughters, here are the songs you need to be rehearsing if you are taking part in May 2002's production of The Pirates of Penzance.

ACT I

1. Pour, O Pour The Pirate Sherry.........................Pirate King, Samuel,Frederic, & Pirates
2. When Frederic Was A Little Lad.........................Ruth
3. Oh, Better Far To Live And Die.........................Pirate King & Pirates
4. Oh, False One, You Have Deceived Me!...................Ruth & Frederic
5. Climbing Over Rocky Mountain...........................Daughters
6. Stop, Ladies, Pray!....................................Frederic & Daughters
7. Oh, Is There Not One Maiden Breast ....................Frederic & Daughters
8. Poor Wandering One ....................................Mabel & Daughters
9. What Ought We To Do?...................................Kate, Edith & Daughters
10. How Beautifully Blue The Sky...........................Mabel, Frederic & Daughters
11. Stay, We Must Not Lose Our Senses......................Frederic, Daughters & Pirates
12. Hold, Monsters!........................................Mabel, Samuel, Major-General, Daughters & Pirates
13. I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major-General......... Major-General & Ensemble
14. Oh, Men Of Dark And Dismal Fate........................Ensemble

ACT II

1. Oh, Dry The Glistening Tear................Mabel & Daughters
2. Then Frederic..............................Major-General & Frederic
3. When The Foeman Bares His Steel............Sergeant, Mable, Police & Daughters
4. Now For The Pirates Lair!..................Frederic, Pirate King & Ruth
5. When You Had Left Our Pirate Fold..........Ruth, Frederic & Pirate King
6. My Eyes Are Fully Open*....................Frederic, Ruth & Pirate King
7. Away, Away! My Hearts On Fire..............Ruth, Pirate King & Frederic
8. All Is Prepared............................Mabel & Frederic
9. Stay, Frederic, Stay!......................Mabel & Frederic
10. Sorry Her Lot**............................Mabel
11. No, I Am Brave.............................Mabel, Sergeant & Police
12. When A Felons Not Engaged In His Employment...Sergeant & Police
13. A Rollicking Ban Of Pirates We ............Pirates, Sergeant & Police
14. With Cat-Like Tread, Upon Our Prey We Steal......Pirates, Police & Samuel
15. Hush, Hush! Not A Word.....................Frederic, Pirates, Police & Major-General
16. Sighing Softly To The River................Major-General & Ensemble
17. Finale.....................................Ensemble

SING-A-LONG section is below !

Click here to hear the backing music as you sing along to 'Climbing Over Rocky Mountain', the lyrics are below ...

Pirates of Penzance
CLIMBING OVER ROCKY MOUNTAIN

Libretto by William S. Gilbert
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan
Sung by Girls, Edith, and Kate


GIRLS: Climbing over rocky mountain,
Skipping rivulet and fountain,
Passing where the willows quiver,
Passing where the willows quiver
By the ever-rolling river,
Swollen with the summer rain, the summer rain
Threading long and leafy mazes
Dotted with unnumbered daisies,
Dotted, dotted with unnumbered daisies,
Scaling rough and rugged passes,
Climb the hardy little lasses,
Till the bright sea-shore they gain;
Scaling rough and rugged passes,
Climb the hardy little lasses,
Till the bright sea-shore they gain!

EDITH: Let us gaily tread the measure,
Make the most of fleeting leisure,
Hail it as a true ally,
Though it perish by-and-by.

GIRLS: Hail it as a true ally,
Though it perish by-and-by.

EDITH: Every moment brings a treasure
Of its own especial pleasure;
Though the moments quickly die,
Greet them gaily as they fly,
Greet them gaily as they fly.

GIRLS: Though the moments quickly die,
Greet them gaily as they fly.

KATE: Far away from toil and care,
Revelling in fresh sea-air,
Here we live and reign alone
In a world that's all our own.
Here, in this our rocky den,
Far away from mortal men,
We'll be queens, and make decrees--
They may honour them who please.

GIRLS: We'll be queens, and make decrees--
They may honour them who please.

Let us gaily tread the measure,
Make the most of fleeting leisure,
Hail it as a true ally,
Though it perish by and by,
Hail it as a true ally,
Though it perish by and by.
Let us gaily tread the measure,
Make the most of fleeting leisure,
Hail it as a true ally, a true ally.

Ok boys, get ready to sing along to Modern Major General, click here for the backing and the lyrics are below ...

Pirates of Penzance
I AM THE VERY MODEL OF A MODERN MAJOR-GENERAL

Libretto by William S. Gilbert
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan
Sung by Major-General, Girls and Pirates


GENERAL: I am the very model of a modern Major-General,
I've information vegetable, animal, and mineral,
I know the kings of England, and I quote the fights historical
From Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical;
I'm very well acquainted, too, with matters mathematical,
I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical,
About binomial theorem I'm teeming with a lot o' news,
With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse.

ALL: With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse.
With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse.
With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse.

GENERAL: I'm very good at integral and differential calculus;
I know the scientific names of beings animalculous:
In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral,
I am the very model of a modern Major-General.

ALL: In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral,
He is the very model of a modern Major-General.

GENERAL: I know our mythic history, King Arthur's and Sir Caradoc's;
I answer hard acrostics, I've a pretty taste for paradox,
I quote in elegiacs all the crimes of Heliogabalus,
In conics I can floor peculiarities parabolous;

I can tell undoubted Raphaels from Gerard Dows and Zoffanies,
I know the croaking chorus from the Frogs of Aristophanes!
Then I can hum a fugue of which I've heard the music's din afore,
And whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense Pinafore.

ALL: And whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense Pinafore.
And whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense Pinafore.
And whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense Pinafore.

GENERAL: Then I can write a washing bill in Babylonic cuneiform,
And tell you ev'ry detail of Caractacus's uniform:
In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral,
I am the very model of a modern Major-General.

ALL: In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral,
He is the very model of a modern Major-General.

GENERAL: In fact, when I know what is meant by "mamelon" and "ravelin",
When I can tell at sight a Mauser rifle from a javelin,
When such affairs as sorties and surprises I'm more wary at,
And when I know precisely what is meant by "commissariat",
When I have learnt what progress has been made in modern gunnery,
When I know more of tactics than a novice in a nunnery--
In short, when I've a smattering of elemental strategy,
You'll say a better Major-General has never sat a gee.

ALL: You'll say a better Major-General has never sat a gee.
You'll say a better Major-General has never sat a gee.
You'll say a better Major-General has never sat a gee.

GENERAL: For my military knowledge, though I'm plucky and adventury,
Has only been brought down to the beginning of the century;
But still, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral,
I am the very model of a modern Major-General.

ALL: But still, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral,
He is the very model of a modern Major-General.

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