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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.

Gallery Reception: Gilbert and Sullivan Memorabilia

  • April 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Buchanan Partners Art Gallery

Historical posters from the David and Annabelle Stone Gilbert and Sullivan Collection. For more information, visit https://cvpa.gmu.edu/gands.

Featuring wines by Tarara Winery.

Gallery Receptions are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. RSVP to spavia@gmu.edu 

Gallery Sponsors: Buchanan Partners Art Gallery; Wegmans  

Hylton Presents:

New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players: H.M.S. Pinafore

  • May 4, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Merchant Hall

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. The playful score includes many popular tunes such as "I'm called Little Buttercup," "I am the Monarch of the Sea," "We Sail the Ocean Blue," and the rousing full ensemble anthem "For He Is an Englishman." Hailed by New York magazine as "the leading custodian of the [Gilbert & Sullivan] classics," the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players brings energetic singing, live orchestration, dynamic choreography, and an elaborate set based on Gilbert's own drawings. Join us for hijinks on the high seas in the grand style of Gilbert & Sullivan!

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

Image right: a vintage and modern photo of the captain from Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore

Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (May 4, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$56, $48, $34. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on April 25, 2017

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