The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin

H.M.S. Pinafore 2014
The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin presented H.M.S. Pinafore; or, The Lass That Loved a Sailor as our Summer 2014 Grand Production. Nine performances were presented at the Worley Barton Theater at Brentwood Christian School, June 12-22.
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Artistic Director Ralph MacPhail, Jr., returned for his 14th summer with the Society, along with Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, enjoying his 18th season as Music Director. Bill Hatcher was the 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 Cast & Crew
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

Russell Gregory, Carol Brown, Jeffrey Jones-RagonaThe Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin received three B. Iden Payne award nominations for its June 2014 production of H.M.S. Pinafore. Carol Brown (Josephine) for Outstanding Lead Actress in Musical Theater, Russell Gregory (Sir Joseph Porter) for Outstanding Featured Actor in Musical Theater, and Music Director Jeffrey Jones-Ragona for Outstanding Music Direction. Click for the complete list of nominees.


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H.M.S. Pinafore Video Clips
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Watch video clips from the DVD of H.M.S. Pinafore.
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Artistic Director Ralph MacPhail, Jr. previews "H.M.S. Pinafore"
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HMS Pinafore in America video
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History of "H.M.S. Pinafore"
and Pinafore-mania in the
U.S. 1878-1879


Vocal Score

HMS Pinafore Playbill
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Media Materials
Press Release (pdf)
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Poster (pdf)
Recent Summer Productions
Princess Ida - 2013
- 2012
The Mikado - 2011
The Yeomen of the Guard - 2010
Iolanthe - 2009
The Pirates of Penzance - 2008
Ruddigore - 2007

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