Scott portrays Queen Victoria in Atlanta Opera’s ‘The Pirates of Penzance’

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A fixture in Cartersville’s arts community, Corinne Scott currently is entertaining patrons of The Atlanta Opera in “The Pirates of Penzance.” The Cartersville resident recently embraced the opportunity to extend her acting talents, taking on the supernumerary role of Queen Victoria.“I have been an opera fan for some time and follow The Atlanta Opera on Facebook,” Scott said. “One day I read a post from the opera company about a need for a supernumerary role for the upcoming production ‘The Pirates of Penzance.’“A supernumerary role is a nonspeaking, nonsinging part. The opera company was looking for someone with some acting experience. I have done quite a bit of acting with local community theaters and thought what a perfect way to branch out and do something with a professional group. So I submitted the application and head shot. A few days later I was invited to take the part. This is my first time performing with The Atlanta Opera. I hope to do more supernumerary work with them.”Scott will portray Queen Victoria through the duration of “The Pirates of Penzance.” Opening on March 5, the opera’s remaining shows will be presented today at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway in Atlanta.According to http://www.cobbenergycentre.com, “Perhaps one of the best loved of Gilbert & Sullivan’s works, The Pirates of Penzance is a rollicking, fun show with serious operatic chops. Our romantic adventure into the gentlemanly pirates, beautiful maidens and modern major-generals is a first for The Atlanta Opera. The story of how Frederic, apprenticed to a band of tender-hearted pirates, and Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, fall instantly in love has been delighting audiences since 1880. Sung in English, Pirates pays tribute to the master works of Verdi, Mozart and Schubert, but does so with a light-hearted bit of parody and a wink of the eye.”Referring to her debut with The Atlanta Opera as “fabulous,” Scott is enjoying performing in a larger venue than she is accustomed to in Bartow County.“Not only did I think I could pull off the likeness of Queen Victoria, I thought what a grand experience this would be to be onstage in a larger theater,” Scott said. “The opera performs at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, a 2,700-seat house. I was familiar with this particular Gilbert and Sullivan opera. People may remember the movie that was released many years ago. It’s a hilarious and fun show. I have been treated like royalty by the cast and the company. The story takes place on the English coast and features pirates, a major general, and his daughters. Queen Victoria is there because — well — she’s the queen and it is her realm.“My debut performance was March 5, and it was fabulous. No matter where you perform, there is nothing like performing for a live audience. There is such a sense of excitement. The set, costumes, music all come together like magic.”A supporter of the arts, Scott is active in several local organizations, such as The Pumphouse Players and the Cultural Arts Alliance of Cartersville-Bartow County Inc.“In addition to being a lifetime member of The Pumphouse Players, director and actor, I serve the board as the treasurer,” Scott said. “I also serve as the vice president of the Cultural Arts Alliance, which is the local organization that helps fund many of our nonprofit arts groups in the Cartersville and Bartow County area. Recently, I was asked to be on the advisory board for the Falany Performing Arts Center at Reinhardt University. You can tell the arts are important to me. Without the arts, our lives would be one-dimensional.“... I must say a huge thank you to The Pumphouse Players, StageWorks and The Grand Theatre for all my education in theater. Without these local theater companies, I would not be doing what I am doing now.”For more information about The Atlanta Opera’s performance of “The Pirates of Penzance” or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.cobbenergycentre.com. Tickets also may be obtained through Ticketmaster outlets or online at Ticketmaster.com.