“Let the air with joy be laden, rend with songs the air above, for the union of a maiden with the man who owns her love!”

—Sir Joseph Porter K.C.B., Captain Corcoran, Josephine
H.M.S. Pinafore
H.M.S. Pinafore

H.M.S. Pinafore, or The Lass Who Loved a Sailor

October 27, 2023 - November 19, 2023

The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company’s 50th Mainstage Production!

The GSVLOC COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan for our Audience

The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company is pleased to announce that it will present H.M.S. Pinafore, for four weekends, from October 27th through November 19th of 2023.

This production will be directed by Gary Briggle, with music direction by Dr. Randal Buikema.

H.M.S. Pinafore 2023 Cast

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

  Sir Joseph Porter   Scott Benson
  Captain Corcoran   Scott Gorman
  Ralph Rackstraw   Anthony Rohr
  Dick Deadeye   Josh Conroy
  Boatswain   Cole Strelecki
  Carpenter’s Mate   John Orbison
  Josephine   Kaoru Shoji
  Cousin Hebe   Mary Kettlewell
  Little Buttercup   Amanda Jenkins

Chorus of Sailors

  Tom Berg   Mitchell Glen Engel
  Jakob Gomez   Stephen Hage
  Trenton Johnson   Matthew Polum
  Lowell Rice   Aaron Rolloff
  Niko Simmons   Sam Vinitsky
  Caroline Van Vliet   Trevor Woggon

Chorus of Sir Joseph’s Sisters, Cousins, Aunts

  Alyssa Ehlen   Maria Gisselquist
  Molly Hayes   Ella Rose Katzenberger
  Therese Kulas   Kate Lamb
  Anna Maher   Katherine McCord
  Hannah Pantano   Mallory Rabehl
  Lizzy Schroeder    

H.M.S. Pinafore
is Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic tale of love and duty and takes place aboard the British warship H.M.S. Pinafore. Captain Corcoran’s daughter, Josephine, is in love with a lower-class sailor, Ralph Rackstraw, although her father intends for her to marry Sir Joseph Porter, the First Lord of the Admiralty. She abides by her father’s wishes at first, but Sir Joseph’s advocacy of the equality of humankind encourages Ralph and Josephine to overturn conventional social order. They declare their love for each other and eventually plan to elope. The captain discovers this plan, but a surprise disclosure changes things dramatically to bring a happy ending to the story.

H.M.S. Pinafore’s humor focuses on love between members of different social classes and lampoons the British class system in general. The operetta also pokes good-natured fun at patriotism, party politics, the Royal Navy, and the rise of unqualified people to positions of authority. H.M.S. Pinafore was and remains one of the most successful and popular of Gilbert and Sullivan’s works and is the work that firmly established Gilbert and Sullivan’s place in history.

The performances will be at the Conn Theater, at Plymouth Congregational Church, located at 1900 Nicollet Avenue South, in Minneapolis.

Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. The Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2:00 p.m. For a more detailed performance calendar, visit our Tickets page.

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Two excellent internet resources for information about H.M.S. Pinafore

Wikipedia – H.M.S. Pinafore

The Gilbert & Sullivan Archive – H.M.S. Pinafore

H.M.S. Pinafore 2023 Show Poster

Show Poster

Poster design by Tom McGregor and Mary Olson

Oh joy, oh rapture unforeseen, the clouded sky is now serene, the god of day, the orb of love, has hung his ensign high above, the sky is all ablaze.

—Josephine and Ralph
H.M.S. Pinafore