The cast of The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Maine’s production of “HMS Pinafore & More!” PHOTO COURTESY OF THE GRAND

‘HMS Pinafore and More!’ to set sail



ELLSWORTH — The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Maine’s production of “HMS Pinafore & More!” will take place at The Grand on Friday, Feb. 9, Saturday, Feb. 10, and Friday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m., with matinees at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11, Saturday, Feb. 17, and Sunday, Feb. 18.

Artistic Director Sandi Blanchette will direct the show in the society’s 42nd year. The show, said to be one of the most famous Gilbert and Sullivan shows, takes place aboard the ship HMS Pinafore.

The captain’s daughter, Josephine, is in love with a lower-class sailor, Ralph Rackstraw, although her father intends her to marry Sir Joseph Porter, the First Lord of the Admiralty. She abides by her father’s wishes at first, but Sir Joseph’s advocacy of the equality of humankind encourages Ralph and Josephine to overturn conventional social order. They declare their love for each other and eventually plan to elope. The captain discovers this plan, but, as in many of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, a surprise disclosure changes things dramatically near the end of the story.

The cast includes Maurice Joseph Marshall as Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B., Roland Dube as Captain Corcoran, Peter Miller as Ralph Rackstraw, Irv Hodgkin as Dick Deadeye, Demelza Ramirez as Hebe, John Cunningham as Bill Bobstay, boatswain, Tom Tootill as Bob Becket, carpenter, Eileen York as Josephine, Debra Hangge as Buttercup, with the H.M.S. Pinafore Crew comprised of Aidan Pasha, Casey Gaither, Dale Neuman, David Porter, Eric Flowers, Linda Firlotte Grindle, Shawnna Farley, Marshall Smith, Richard Miller, Robert Taylor, Sam Bergman and the Chorus of First Lord’s sisters, his cousins, and his aunts, including Catherine Hanle, Dorothy R.A. Wheatcraft, Dotti Schaller, Eva DeHaas, Kristin Dillin, Katheryn Miller, Sally MacDowell, Sally Taylor, Terri-Ann Anderson, Terri Stephens and Tiffany Laufer. Scott Cleveland is the musical director for this production.

Reserved seating tickets cost $20 for adults/seniors, $15 for students 15 and under, and $10 for youths 12 and under.

Call the box office at 667-9500, visit www.grandonline.org or follow The Grand on Facebook.

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