The story takes place on the proud ship H.M.S. Pinafore, under the command of the courteous and beloved Captain Corcoran. With him are his sailors, including the dashing seaman Ralph Rackstraw, the grim and detested Dick Deadeye, as well as a rosy dockside vendor named Little Buttercup and the Captain’s beautiful daughter Josephine. Ralph has fallen in love with Josephine, however the disparity between their classes prevents her from reciprocating his affections. Instead, Corcoran has betrothed her to Sir Joseph Porter, the haughty First Lord of the Admiralty. When Sir Joseph arrives with his company of sisters, cousins and aunts Josephine is dismayed to find she has no love for the man, and excuses her lack of interest with reverence for his stature. She agrees to elope with Ralph after he threatens suicide, and together with the rest of the sailors they conspire to sneak ashore at night to be married. However, before the plan is set into motion the wretched Dick Deadeye betrays them to Captain Corcoran. In his rage upon accosting the conspirators Corcoran utters a profanity, which is overheard by Sir Joseph. As Sir Joseph deplores such asperity in a commanding officer, the Captain is sent at once to his cabin. Ralph is sent soon after to a dungeon cell when the First Lord learns of his amorous plans, but the predicament is reversed when Buttercup reveals her dark secret: years ago she had nursed both Captain Corcoran and Ralph, and had accidentally mixed them up as babies. With this knowledge, Corcoran returns as a common sailor, and Ralph becomes captain. Sir Joseph can no longer marry Josephine due to her diminished social standing, and instead settles for his cousin Hebe. Corcoran is able to declare his love for Buttercup, and Ralph is at last free to unite with Josephine.
Auditions were held recently and Music Director Tom Mitchell, Stage Director Chris Moss and Choreographer Heather-Elayne Day have gathered a front line of the highest calibre.
The Board of Directors is happy to announce the following:
Captain Corcoran: Colin Grewar.
Sir Joseph Porter: Rudy Ewert.
Josephine, the Captain’s daughter: Inge Illman.
Ralph Rackstraw: Kaden Forsberg.
Little Buttercup: Andrea Palin.
The Boatswain’s Mate – Jonathan Woodward.
Bob Becket: Dale Friessen.
Cousin Hebe: Suzanne Moreau.
Dead Eye Dick: Adrian Sly.
The score of HMS Pinafore is filled with famous and well-loved melodies that have made this operetta one of the most enjoyable and popular of the Gilbert and Sullivan shows.