Arden Gild Hall – 2126 The Highway, Arden, DE 19810
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by Gilbert & Sullivan
April 22, 23, 29 & 30, 2016 at 8pm
April 24 & 30, 2016 at 2pm
Stage Director: Sam Griffin
Music Director: Helene Furlong
The legendary musical comedy genius of Gilbert & Sullivan comes alive in this fun, nautical romp!
Captain Corcoran has prospered as captain of H.M.S. Pinafore, and hopes to further improve the family’s societal standing by making a marriage match for his daughter Josephine with Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty. Josephine is conflicted, because she’s fallen in love with a “common” sailor, Ralph Rackstraw, while Sir Joseph’s attentions “nauseate” her. She finally sets her mind to elope with Ralph, after hearing Sir Joseph lecture the captain and crew that “a British sailor is any man’s equal” (excepting his). Everything is sorted out in typical topsy-turvy G&S fashion, with the captain, Josephine, and Sir Joseph ending up with appropriate marriage partners. Issues of social class are the target of Gilbert’s wit in this production, accompanied by some of Sullivan’s most memorable music.