“We sail the ocean blue,
and our saucy ship’s a beauty;
we’re sober men and true,
and attentive to our duty.”
H.M.S. Pinafore or The Lass That Loved a Sailor
March 6 to 29, 2015
|Randal A. Buikema
H.M.S Pinafore was Gilbert & Sullivan’s first full-length hit, opening 1978. It has remained, with Mikado and Pirates, among the “big three” of the G&S canon, continually in performance by groups ranging from professional companies to elementary schools. It’s story manages to be sweetly romantic while tying logical (and mathematical) granny knots. Half the fun is rolling along with the rapidly rising level of implausibility. Don’t ask how old Little Buttercup is supposed to be. Don’t even think it.
As originally staged, the work had a contemporary setting. Over the years, the GSVLOC has mounted three productions of Pinafore, the first an homage based closely on photos and engravings of the original. Our second was a very contemporary ‘Love Boat’ setting. This, our third, is set on a World War II battleship. For a gaggle of blitz-wearied “sisters and cousins and aunts,” a jaunt down to Portsmouth is a jolly distraction, and aiding young love an added treat. So grab your gas mask and your ration book and join us on the H.M.S. Pinafore.
Victoria Valencour as Josephine and
Kai Brewster as Ralph Rackstraw
H.M.S. Pinafore Reviews
Two excellent internet resources for information about H.M.S. Pinafore:
Poster design by Tom McGregor and Mary Olson
Rowland Hilder / © Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK / Bridgeman Images
Photography by Daniels Studio
“He is an Englishman!
For he himself has said it,
and it’s greatly to his credit,
that he is an Englishman!”