The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin

H.M.S Pinafore

Worley Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School
11908 N. Lamar | Map |Seating Chart

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Please note performance start times - Evening Performances at 7:30pm - Matinees at 2pm
Thursday June 12 7:30pm Preview
Friday June 13 7:30pm Opening Night
Free Gala follows performance
Saturday June 14 7:30pm Evening Performance
Sunday June 15 2pm Matinee
Children's Activities at 1pm
Thursday June 19 7:30pm Evening Performance
Friday June 20 7:30pm Evening Performance
Saturday June 21 2pm
Evening Performance
Sunday June 22 2pm Matinee
Closing Performance
All performances will be supertitled
A free Opening Night Gala with refreshments follows the Friday, June 13, performance. Special children's activities precede the performance on June 15 at 1pm.
All performances will have supertitles for dialogue and lyrics.
The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin presents its summer 2014 grand production of H.M.S. Pinafore; or, The Lass That Loved a Sailor. Nine performances will be presented at the Worley Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School, June 12-22, 2014. This immensely popular classic was W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s fourth comic opera of their fourteen, and was their first international sensation. Gilbert’s plot is full of his hallmark topsy-turvy humor and memorable lyrics and Sullivan’s music displays his inexhaustible gift of melody, with bright and cheerful tunes that leave audiences humming. 

Artistic Director Ralph MacPhail, Jr., returns for his 14th summer with the Society, along with Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, enjoying his 18th season as Music Director. Bill Hatcher returns as Production Manager.

H.M.S. Pinafore satirizes the snobbery and hypocrisy of the English social system of the day, as the beautiful daughter of the ship’s captain falls in love with a lowly seaman. This groundbreaking musical also pokes good-natured fun at patriotism, party politics, the Royal Navy, and the appointment of unqualified people to positions of authority.

The gentlemanly Captain of the Pinafore, who claims that he would never swear at his crew (what, never?), does not know that his daughter has fallen in love with a common sailor serving on her father's ship. Meanwhile, the Captain has arranged for her to marry the First Lord of the Admiralty, Sir Joseph Porter. Sir Joseph himself has risen from humble beginnings to gain his office by political acumen, despite having never gone to sea! And the Captain himself fancies a poor bumboat woman. Fear not: it all works out in the end. “Oh joy, oh rapture unforeseen!”

H.M.S. Pinafore opened at the Opera Comique in London on May 25, 1878, for a run of 571 performances, and since that time it has never been out of the standard repertory of Gilbert & Sullivan (or Savoy) operas throughout the English-speaking world. The first authorized production of H.M.S. Pinafore in America opened on December 1, 1879, with, according to legend, Gilbert on stage in the chorus.

Its unprecedented popularity fostered an American audience for musical theatre, while the show itself became a model for form and content for musicals that followed.H.M.S.Pinafore influences in popular culture include movies and television, with references appearing in, for instance, Chariots of Fire, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Trek: Insurrection, The West Wing, The Simpsons, and Family Guy.

Sir Joseph Porter
Captain Corcoran
Ralph Rackstraw
Dick Deadeye
Bill Bobstay
Bob Becket
Little Buttercup
Russell Gregory
Gil Zilkha
Holton Johnson
David Fontenot
Julius Young
David Yakubik
Carol Brown
Megan Sherrod
Janette Jones
Soprano Chorus: Leann Fryer, Susan Meitz, Annaliese Oliveira, Rachael Shaw, Abigail Taylor, Hilary Taylor and Jamie Taylor.
Alto Chorus: Jasmine C. Bell, Kate Clark, Rosa Harris, Melissa Kreuger, Maurine McLean, Julia Powers and Brittany Trinité.
Tenor Chorus: Andy Fleming, Will Fox, Paul Halstead, Ezra Hankin, Mark Long, Mario Silva and Ian Stilwell.
Bass-Baritone Chorus: Bruno Barbosa, Arthur DiBianca, Chris Karaguleff, John O’Brien, Tim Shelburne, Patrick Wright and Jay Young.
Marines: Andy Heilveil and Dirk Yaple
Midshipmite: Rebecca Yaple
19 member Gillman Light Opera Orchestra
HMS Pinafore in America video
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History of "H.M.S. Pinafore"
and Pinafore-mania in the
U.S. 1878-1879


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