19th-24th March 2007
Pinafore is the third and final part of the smash-hit Essgee G&S trilogy following The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado. Its gala opening at the Victorian Arts Centre’s State Theatre was met by ecstatic reviews: “A twenty four carat triumph” said The Australian’s Peter Birch; and this new and innovative approach to Gilbert and Sullivan has enjoyed nearlyHMS Pinafore – The Fabulettes four year of capacity houses in Australia and New Zealand. Among the highlights of the production are the Absolutely Fabulettes, an hilarious three-part female chorus.
Pinafore is among the most popular Gilbert and Sullivan operas, perhaps because of its infectious tunes and generally well-constructed libretto. Drawing on several of his earlier “bab ballad” poems, Gilbert embued HMS Pinafore with mirth and silliness to spare. The opera’s gentle satire reprises and builds upon one of The Sorcerer’s themes: Love between members of different social classes.
The action takes place on the Quarterdeck of “H.M.S. Pinafore,” 1878.
|Musical Director||Derek Canfield|
|Stage Manager||Mike Davall|
|Dick Deadeye||Matt Benbrook|
|Ralph Rackstraw||Richard Young|
|Sir Joseph Porter||Ron Walker|
|Captain Corcoran||Martin Sampson|
|Trio||Sophie Fryer, Samantha Hatfield, Emma Loader|
|Male Dancers||Tim Canfield, Paul Findlay, Roger Johnson, Graham McCarron|
|Female Dancers||Jane Mumford, Lucy Jesse, Tina Stevens, Nicky Stephens|
|Sailors & Marines||Mark Baxter, Tony Doherty, Ken Hammond, Mike Lehman, Eric McLoughlin, Brian McMahon, Haydn Thomas, Arie Van Nieuwenhuijzen, Steve Woolford|
|Sisters, Cousins & Aunts||Alex Balston, Ann-Marie Johnson, Giga Phillips, Lynda Taylor, Vanessa Van Nieuwenhuijzen, Kirsty Wright|