THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE spins an hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers, dewy-eyed daughters and an eccentric Major-General, all morally bound to the often-ridiculous dictates of honour and duty.
We kick started our 6th year of Nexus BYT with our Nexus Unmasked program, which reconnects past cast mates with those who are coming along for the first time, teaching and practicing new skills, we continue to see new faces coming along to check out Nexus, this area of Nexus really took off this year with around 50 students attending each session.
Our graduate leadership program continues to be developed and this year we had two new graduate students joining us each week as they were giving leadership opportunities beginning with learning to serve first. While two of our grad leaders from last year complete their 2nd year, working in their chosen focus area, taking on more responsibilities and as of next year they will be joining the production team.
Our ‘Nexus Grants a Dream’ student for this year was a past cast member in Annie 2013, she has since been diagnosed with a genetic disease that has left her feeling isolated as she can no long live her active lifestyle. Reconnecting her with the cast and having her perform to her capabilities was not only a highlight for her, but one of mine too. We also had our ‘Grants a Dream’ student from 2014, wheelchair bound, who has also continued with Nexus attending unmasked and participating in the production, two example of social inclusion that have blessed no only the student but the entire cast.
There are always many highlight along the Nexus journey each year, from students discovering their on stage talents to seeing young people connect and find a sense of belonging. We hear students express they found a family here or they made best friends, and each story is significant and special.