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Lecture: New York Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore

  • April 27, 2017 at 10:00 am

Presented by the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas

Sail the shining waters as the H.M.S. Pinafore embarks on a journey of humor and mischief in Gilbert & Sullivan's famous comic operetta about finding love on the high seas. The levity of musical theater meets the extravagance of opera in a satirical musical production that lovingly pokes fun at rigid Victorian class distinctions. Romantic sailors, sisters, cousins, and aunts sing and dance across this fanciful British naval vessel. Love finds its way aboard as the captain's daughter falls for an ordinary sailor, despite her father's plan for a more refined suitor. First performed in London in 1878, this classic has delighted audiences on both sides of the Atlantic for more than 130 years.

Ralph MacPhail, Jr., is professor emeritus of theatre, communication, and English, Bridgewater College of Virginia, where he taught and directed for 33 years before retiring in 2005.  That same year, he was appointed Artistic Director of the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin, Texas, for which he has staged most of the Society’s productions since 1998.

Since retiring from Bridgewater College, he has directed, in addition to the annual Austin productions, The Mikado for the Virginia Commonwealth University Opera Theatre, Gilbert’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and, two years later, Gilbert’s Sweethearts for the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Northwest Louisiana. In retirement, he has taught Gilbert & Sullivan courses in Ivoryton, Connecticut; Medford, Oregon; Warwick, New York; and in Bridgewater, and in addition speaks hither and yon about Gilbert & Sullivan, and writes about their partnership and productions.

This event is open to the public. For more information about the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas, visit: lli-manassas.org. 

Performance: Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore
Thursday, 8:00 p.m., May 4
Hylton Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $56, $48, $34.

For more information, visit https://cvpa.gmu.edu/gands.