OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ To Return for One Weekend

09/12/2007

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The summer production of the Gilbert and Sullivan musical “H.M.S. Pinafore” was so popular that Oregon State University Theatre will revive it for one weekend in September. The production will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, and Saturday, Sept. 29, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30.

Performances will be on the Withycombe Hall Main Stage, 30th and Campus Way in Corvallis. Tickets are $12, $9 for seniors and $7 for students and youth. Tickets can be purchased by calling the OSU box office at 541-737-2784. Tickets may also be ordered on line through the University Theatre website (www.oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre).

The production is a joint effort of the University Theatre and the Department of Music at Oregon State and Opera Theatre Corvallis.

“H.M.S. Pinafore” was Gilbert and Sullivan’s first musical, and remains popular today for its infectious tunes, silliness and social satire. The music is by Arthur Sullivan and libretto is by W.S. Gilbert. It originally debuted in London in 1878.

The two-act comedic opera’s plot is set on the naval ship Pinafore. A lower-class sailor is in love with the naval captain’s daughter, even though her father wishes for her to marry the First Lord of the Admiralty. The story involves surprise twists throughout, and popular songs such as “I’m Called Little Buttercup,” “For He Is an Englishman,” and “The Monarch of the Sea.”