Wednesday, September 12, 2012

(*) Upcoming: H.M.S. Pinafore by Gilbert and Sullivan, University of Texas in San Antonio, October 12 - 21

UT San ANtonio Texas

H.M.S. Pinafore

 Gilbert and Sullivan

The classic and favorite operetta, "H.M.S. Pinafore" is performed by the UTSA Lyric Theatre and UTSA Orchestra. The story of forbidden love between the classes gets a maritime flavor as the whimsical lyrics penned by W. S. Gilbert set to the music of Arthur Sullivan continue to delight audiences. Set aboard the British ship H.M.S. Pinafore, we discover Ralph Rackstraw (a lowly sailor) has feelings for Josephine, daughter of Captain Corcoran. However, her father has his intentions on her marrying Sir Joseph Porter, the First Lord of the Admiralty. Knowing her place, Josephine keeps to her father's wishes, but declares her love after hearing Sir Joseph speak to the need for equality among the human race. Will they carry out their plans to marry? Or will some deep dark secret known only to Little Buttercup be revealed to change many a life aboard the "H.M.S. Pinafore"? Come see for yourself.

The students of the UTSA Lyric Theatre and Orchestra perform in the classic Gilbert & Sullivan operetta, "H.M.S. Pinafore". The operetta's underlying theme of love between different classes was the fourth collaboration between Gilbert & Sullivan and one of the most popular from the duo. As the opera begins, the H.M.S. Pinafore is docked at Portsmouth. The able-bodied crew are lively as they sing and prepare for the arrival of Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord Admiral. In the midst of the camaraderie, Ralph Rackstraw declares his love for Captain Corcoran's daughter, Josephine-- whose hand in marriage is sought by Sir Joseph, but Ralph is dissuaded by his fellow shipmate, Dick Deadeye that the love is forbidden and will not come to pass. In a similar fashion, Little Buttercup, a Portsmouth woman who sells supplies and sundries to the sailors, professes her love to the captain. Her love goes unrequited, but she leaves him with a foreboding, "things are seldom what they seem". So goes this tale of star-crossed lovers until a secret is revealed.

Time: 7:30 PM

Sir Joseph Porter: Trey Hoadley
Captain Corcoran: Jon Ray Watson
Ralph Rackstraw: George Flores
Dick Deadeye: Christian Silliker
Boatswain: Andrew Price
Carpenter's Mate: Jyron Joseph
Josephine: Myrna Peralez;Taylor Vollmer
Cousin Hebe: Rachel Pierce
Little Buttercup: Rachel Pena

Location: 501 Cesar Chavez Blvd; Buena Vista Street Theatre - UTSA Downtown, San Antonio, Texas, 78207
Times: Fridays:October 12, October 19 at 7:30pm and Sundays: October 14, 21 at 3pm
Tickets: $15 general admission; $10 students with ID/military with ID/seniors 55+; $8 groups of ten or more (choose $10 option and discount will be applied)

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