H.M.S. Pinafore 2012

July 14, 15, 2012

This presentation of H.M.S. Pinafore was The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company and the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra fifteenth joint concert together at the Lake Harriet Bandshell, since first doing so together in 1995.  The weather was typical for mid-July … hot and humid … but the large audiences in attendance, fortified by ice cream, appeared thoroughly to enjoy the performances!

The cast for this concert production of H.M.S. Pinafore included:

Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B. James Ahrens
Captain Corcoran
Waldyn Benbenek
Ralph Rackstraw Eric Mellum
Dick Deadeye Mather Dolph
Bill Bobstay Jonathan Flory
Bob Becket John Orbison
Carmelita Guse
Cousin Hebe
Ruthanne Heyward
Little Buttercup
Mary Gregory

Women’s Chorus

Mary Mescher Benbenek, Corey Bianco, Kirsten Bighia, Marlene Doll, Karen Erickson, Helen Hassinger,
Kathy Herring, Shawn Holt, Julia Knoll, Jennifer Lovitt, Holly MacDonald, JoAnn Pasternack, Kara Schrapp,
Brianna Sullivan, Rhea Sullivan, Becky Taurog, Madeline Veekner

Men’s Chorus

Peter Erickson, L. Peter Erickson, Clyde Gerber, Stephen Hage, Nathan Knoll, Dean Laurance,
Christopher Michela, Eric Pasternack, Wendell Peck, Jim Ryan

Production Coordinator

Waldyn Benbenek


Waldyn Benbenek, Lesley Hendrickson, Marina Liadova

Rehearsal Accompanist

Jean Van Heel