Department of Music

UTSA Lyric Theatre: “H.M.S. Pinafore”

The students of the UTSA Lyric Theatre and Orchestra perform in the classic Gilbert & Sullivan operetta, "H.M.S. Pinafore". The operetta's underlying theme of love between different classes was the fourth collaboration between Gilbert & Sullivan and one of the most popular from the duo. As the opera begins, the H.M.S. Pinafore is docked at Portsmouth. The able-bodied crew are lively as they sing and prepare for the arrival of Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord Admiral. In the midst of the camaraderie, Ralph Rackstraw declares his love for Captain Corcoran's daughter, Josephine-- whose hand in marriage is sought by Sir Joseph, but Ralph is dissuaded by his fellow shipmate, Dick Deadeye that the love is forbidden and will not come to pass. In a similar fashion, Little Buttercup, a Portsmouth woman who sells supplies and sundries to the sailors, professes her love to the captain. Her love goes unrequited, but she leaves him with a foreboding, "things are seldom what they seem". So goes this tale of star-crossed lovers until a secret is revealed.

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Friday, October 12, 2012 at


Buena Vista Theatre