Cody Musical Theatre Company

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.

Production Team

Creative Team

DirectorJune Thomas
Musical DirectorDerek Canfield
ChoreographerSue Canfield
Stage ManagerMike Davall


Cast List

Dick DeadeyeMatt Benbrook
Ralph RackstrawRichard Young
Sir Joseph PorterRon Walker
JosephineDanni Stembridge
ButtercupSiân Thomas
Captain CorcoranMartin Sampson
HebeCaroline Canfield
BoatswainTim Canfield
CarpenterMike Lehman
TrioSophie Fryer, Samantha Hatfield, Emma Loader
Male DancersTim Canfield, Paul Findlay, Roger Johnson, Graham McCarron
Female DancersJane Mumford, Lucy Jesse, Tina Stevens, Nicky Stephens
Sailors & MarinesMark Baxter, Tony Doherty, Ken Hammond, Mike Lehman, Eric McLoughlin, Brian McMahon, Haydn Thomas, Arie Van Nieuwenhuijzen, Steve Woolford
Sisters, Cousins & AuntsAlex Balston, Ann-Marie Johnson, Giga Phillips, Lynda Taylor, Vanessa Van Nieuwenhuijzen, Kirsty Wright
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