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31st Festival Season - 2009

H.M.S. Pinafore or The Lass That Loved A Sailor

Music by: Arthur Sullivan
Book & Lyrics by: W. S. Gilbert

High spirits prevail aboard the H.M.S. Pinafore as bumboat woman Little Buttercup distributes sweets and tobacco to the crew. Seaman Ralph Rackstraw’s mind, however, is on Josephine, the daughter of their Captain Corcoran. He is in love with her even though she is socially unattainable. Unaware of his affection, Josephine is in love with Ralph, but pride prevents her from revealing this because of his low station. Josephine, meanwhile, is sought in marriage by Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty, whose advances she refuses to acknowledge. Sir Joseph holds strong views about the treatment of sailors – he maintains that a British sailor is any man’s equal (excepting his own) and should always be treated with politeness, without recourse to bad language or abuse. This inspires Ralph to declare his love to Josephine, who soon forgets her pride and confesses her true feelings to him. Plans are quickly made to smuggle the couple ashore that night to be married.

The only crewmember who is not happy at the news is Dick Deadeye. He betrays their intentions to the Captain and they are caught before they can leave the ship. Furious at Ralph’s actions, the Captain loses his cool and utters a swear word that is, unfortunately, overheard by Sir Joseph. He is appalled at such an outburst and turns to Ralph for an explanation. Unfortunately, Ralph only makes matters worse by revealing that he is in love with Josephine. The situation is only saved by Little Buttercup, who intervenes to confess how, in her youth, she had fostered two babies from opposite ends of the social ladder. In the course of caring for them, she had mixed them up. The baby from the poor background was really Captain Corcoran; that from the upper crust was Ralph. Upon hearing this, Sir Joseph immediately loses all interest in Josephine and gladly resigns her to Ralph, now Captain Rackstraw.

Production Team
ConductorFrederick Reeder
Stage DirectorStephen Carr
ChoreographyCarol Hageman
Costume DesignCharlene Gross
Scenic DesignKimberly Cox
Lighting DesignerShannon Schweitzer
Assistant ConductorSelim Giray†
The Rt. Hon. Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B., First Lord of the AdmiraltyFrederick Reeder
Captain Corcoran, Commander of the H.M.S. PinaforeDennis Jesse* Boyd Mackus**
Ralph Rackstraw, Able SeamanPaul Hopper* Kyle Knapp**
Dick Deadeye, Able SeamanZack Rabin
Bill Bobstay, Boatswain’s MateNate Brian
Bob Becket, Carpenter’s MateCory Clines
Josephine, The Captain’s DaughterSamantha Grenell-Zaidman*Sara Ann Mitchell**
Cousin Hebe, Sir Joseph’s First CousinSahara Glasener-Boles
Little Buttercup, A Portsmouth Bumboat WomanJessie Wright Martin* Ashly Evans**
MidshipmiteJack Neill
* June 25 July 3, 17, 31
** June 27 July 11, 23 August 8
† July 3, 11 and 31
Ensemble: Chelsea Basler, Nate Brian, Anthony Buck, Cory Clines, Stephen Faulk, Sahara Glasener-Boles, Jon Gerhard, Eve Hehn, Matthew Kuehnl, Janelle Lentz, Tania Mandzy, Courtney Miller, Zack Rabin, Owen Reynolds, Galeano Salas, Todd Strange, Nina Takács, Raina Thorne, Allison Toth, Logan Walsh, Sarah Warrick, Holly Wert