I HAVE always had an enduring love for all things musical theatre. Since arriving in Port Elizabeth seven years ago, I've been constantly surprised at the depth of talent, passion and commitment shown by performers, not just in productions by the PE G&S Society but across the board. I've seen people battle through illness, injury and personal tragedy to put on a brilliant performance and Wednesday night at the Savoy Theatre was no exception.
As a director I was excited to watch my precious cast put on a great show for our opening night of The Pirates of Penzance. To then see their distress after the infamous "A Team" struck during our warm-ups was heartbreaking ("Theft mars opening night of 'Pirates'", October 24).
What a testament to their commitment, their can-do attitude and their love for each other and the show that they got on that stage and gave the audience a slightly delayed but wonderfully energetic and heartfelt performance.
I would like to reassure all our patrons that we have taken immediate steps to improve our security in light of the theft, and that the safety of our audiences, cast, crew and their belongings is paramount. I hope that patrons will bear with us as we change our procedures about entry to the theatre and introduce a no ticket, no entry policy.
We have caught the A Team several times before they could take anything, but they have struck at the Savoy before and at numerous other theatres, churches, schools, businesses and more all over the Bay.
Hopefully this will be the last time they get away with anything from our theatre.
It's important to remember that they are professional thieves who clearly do a lot of research to ensure they get in and out of premises without detection. They are very good at their "profession" and we all need to be extra proactive to beat them at their own game.
They know what's on at the venue, who is there and the most plausible stories about why they want to come in.
This Pirates cast and crew are an extraordinary bunch of super talented people who have made me, as their director and as president of the G&S Society, very proud to be a part of this show.
I hope the public will reward their commitment, and support them and the show which runs until November 9.
Tickets are available from Computicket and all enquiries can be addressed to me on 072-906-1977.
Rose Cowpar, director, 'The Pirates of Penzance'