Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera HMS Pinafore was performed January 21 at the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall by Southeast Opera. Part of Southeast Missouri State University, the band played the production without microphones. The play is directed by Christopher Goeke. The production will play one last time this afternoon, January 23, at 3 p.m.
According to the Southeast Missouri State University school news site, The Southeast Arrow, Goeke described his decision to stage the production saying, “Last year we did an Italian opera. It was a comedy, but still Italian. We haven’t done a real musical opera for about four years and we haven’t done Gilbert and Sullivan in about 10 years. So we thought it was a good rotation. It’s a very unique style and we wanted to give students the opportunity to do some experience.
Gilbert and Sullivan’s first blockbuster is one of the most beloved comedy musicals in history, beloved for its dynamite songs, gleefully entertaining story, and cheeky satire. The captain’s daughter is in love with an ordinary sailor, but her father has a more sophisticated suitor in mind. Will she and her beloved defy convention and set sail for love? Filled with Sullivan’s memorable melodies – steeped in fresh musical arrangements ranging from big band swing to classic pop – HMS Pinafore is pure joy and sensational entertainment for everyone young and old!
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Photo credit: Alyssa Lunsford via The southeast arrow