1935 - 1936

H.M.S. Pinafore

The play takes place in Portsmouth aboard Her Majesty’s Ship the H.M.S. Pinafore. Josephine, the daughter of Captain Corcoran, has fallen in love with a lower-class sailor, Ralph Rackstraw, but her father intends for her to marry Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of Admiralty. Little Buttercup, a dockside vendor, comes aboard and has knowledge of dark secrets. When Ralph hears Sir Joseph’s thoughts about equality he hopes to elope with Josephine but she feels that she must honour the arrangement with Sir Joseph.  Before Ralph can commit suicide Josephine declares her love for him and they plan to elope that night. Dick Deadeye, one of Ralph’s shipmates, disapproves of their plan but the rest of the sailors are joyous.


Captain Corcoran confides to Little Buttercup that his world is falling apart and that he has affection for her, but cannot proceed because of their different social classes. Sir Joseph, promoting his upcoming nuptials, tells Josephine that love is the great equalizer. She interprets this to mean that she can continue to love Ralph. Dick Deadeye reveals the couple’s plan to elope. When Sir Joseph hears the Captain swear as the young couple try to leave the ship he confines him to his cabin. Ralph reveals his love for Josephine but Sir Joseph orders him to be taken to the brig in chains. Now Buttercup reveals her long-held secret: long ago she had mixed up two babies, one high-born and the other low. The high-born one was Ralph and the Captain was the low-born one. This means that Ralph should be Captain of the ship and the Captain should have Ralph’s position. They are each given a switch of uniform.  Ralph becomes Captain, entitling him to marry Josephine now that he is of the same social class. Corcoran can marry Little Buttercup, as they are also now the same class. So much for equality!  Sir Joseph decides to marry his cousin Hebe and all sing joyfully in celebration of the weddings to come.


Musical Director: Bramwell Bailey

Producer (Director): Leslie Chance

Dance Arranger : Gwendolyn Osborne

Cast

Christine McCulloch Allan

Little Buttercup

D. Roy Kennedy

Sir Joseph Porter

Don Cottrell

Bob Becket

Gordon Askwith

Tom Tucker

Horace M. Butler

Bill Bobstay

James P. kenney

Captain Corcoran

James Scott

Dick Deadeye

Kathleen Burden

Josephine

Kaye Carleton

Hebe

Richard Pentland

Ralph Rackstraw

Aribert Helmer

Soprano

Audrey L. Scott

Soprano

Barbara Haydon

Soprano

Doreen McGregor Smith

Soprano

Edith E. Burn

Soprano

Elaine Stewart

Soprano

Florence Ellis

Soprano

Florence G. Seddon

Soprano

Lois Bothwell

Soprano

Lona M. Willis

Soprano

Margaret Harrisn

Soprano

Margaret Sage

Soprano

Mary Scott

Soprano

Mona Harrison

Soprano

Patricia R. Pirie

Soprano

Peggy Arnold

Soprano

Rosita Rico

Soprano

Shirley Allan

Soprano

Tonya Nash

Soprano

Vera Brown

Soprano

Veronica Hogan

Soprano

Vivan Palmer

Soprano

Vivienne St. Pierre

Soprano

Aline Mathe

Contralto

Alison Thomas

Contralto

Blanche Quirk

Contralto

Doris Armstrong

Contralto

Edna Kalil

Contralto

Elsie August

Contralto

Hazel Sage

Contralto

Jean L. Mitchell

Contralto

Lillian Howe

Contralto

Mary Allen

Contralto

Mauvis E. Kemp

Contralto

Minna Wagner

Contralto

Nina Gardiner

Contralto

Pearl Haydon

Contralto

Veronica Lochnan

Contralto

A.L. Hopper

Tenor

Adam McGregor

Tenor

Alex Morrison

Tenor

Anderson G. Kalil

Tenor

Denis Gillan

Tenor

Earle W. Cameron

Tenor

Leonard Schroeter

Tenor

M.J.M. Mathe

Tenor

R. Watkins-Pitchford

Tenor

S.R. Jolliffe

Tenor

W. McNamara

Tenor

William C. Tierney

Tenor

Arthur W. Cuthbert

Bass

Douglas Seward

Bass

Francis L. Seddon

Bass

J. Edward Webb

Bass

Jean Dubois

Bass

Lawrence W. Butler

Bass

Mervyn Pettapiece

Bass

Percy Hardy

Bass

Percy May

Bass

Clarence Robson

Mariner

Gordon Southam

Mariner

H.S. Craig

Mariner

John Gunning

Mariner

Laurence Craig

Mariner

Audrey Tweedie

Dancer

Dorothy Le Tour

Dancer

Eunice Coombs

Dancer

Eva Lopdell

Dancer

Evelyn Williams

Dancer

Georgina Huttt

Dancer

Helen Raport

Dancer

Ida Currie

Dancer

Jessie Currie

Dancer

Kay Lopdell

Dancer

Louise MacDonald

Dancer

Margaret Pink

Dancer

Marion Foster

Dancer

Yolande Leduc

Dancer

Production

Adam McGregor

Costumes

Alison Hardy

Properties

Bert Bristow

Assistant Stage Manager

F.G. Bronskill, Mrs.

Accompanist

Mark Brooks

Stage Manager

Robert Darby

Set Design

Weston Allan, Mrs.

Costumes

William Adkins

Lighting

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A not-for-profit registered charity
No. 11907 0415 RR0001

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