1942

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: H. Bramwell Bailey

Producer (Director): Miriam Graham

Dance Arranger : Jean Sheffield

Cast

A.E. MacLaurin

Bob Becket

Alison Thomas

Hebe, Sir Joseph's First Cousin

Arthur Sykes

Rt. Hon. Sir Joseph Porter

Bert Adkins

Tom Tucker, Sea Cadet

C.K. Johns

Dick Deadeye

Charles Wood

Bill Bobstay

Doris Armstrong

Buttercup (matinée)/Contralto

Esther Henry

Josephine (matinée)/Soprano

Gwendolyn Smart

Josephine, the Captain's Daughter

Howard L. Trueman

Captain Corcoran

John Sutherland

Ralph Rackstraw

Mary E. White

Little Buttercup

Adrienne Pelletier

Soprano

Anne Curryer

Contralto

Audrey Scott

Soprano

Daisy Checkley

Soprano

Elizabeth Allan

Soprano

Elsie Groves

Contralto

Elsie Parker

Soprano

Gabrielle Mougin

Soprano

Gladys Culley

Soprano

Grace McKercher

Soprano

Isobel Gale

Soprano

Joanna Christensen

Soprano

Kathleen Willsher

Soprano

Lois Longmire

Soprano

Margaret Rowles

Soprano

Margaret Sykes

Soprano

Marguerite Craig

Contralto

Marie Gale

Soprano

Marjory Ellis

Soprano

Mildred Peters

Contralto

Olive Anders

Soprano

Peggie Milton

Soprano

Shirley Edwards

Soprano

Sylvia Crawley

Soprano

Wendy Scott

Contralto

Anderson G. Kalil

Tenor

Dermot Sladen

Tenor

E. Hothersall

Tenor

F.J. Colpman

Tenor

G.C. Graham

Tenor

Joe Ellis

Sea Cadet

Mary Allen

Contralto

Merton Bowen

Sea Cadet

W.L. Murray

Tenor

William C. Tierney

Tenor

Carl Engler

Bass�

Don Joyner

Sea Cadet

E.G. Metcalfe

Bass

Eddie Joyner

Sea Cadet

J.E. Webb

Bass

J.W. Groves

Bass

L.W. Costen

Bass

Leo Robillard

Bass

Thomas Ferguson

Bass

Tim Anderson

Sea Cadet

Beverley Post

Sea Cadet

Ken Waddell

Sea Cadet

Production

Chrstine McCulloch Allan

Accompanist

Elsie Groves

Properties

J.A. Hopps

Scenery

J.E. Webb

Costumes

Pearl Haydon

Properties

Raymond Glaser

Lighting

Wendy Scott

Costumes

© 2019, Orpheus Musical Theatre Society 

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

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