May 23 & 24, 1997
Main Stage, Confederation Centre, Charlottetown
Written by: W.S. Gilbert (lyrics) and Arthur Sullivan (music)
Director: Terry Pratt
Music Director: Owen Aylward
Pianists: Helen Stewart MacRae, Helen Holman
Producers: Rob Thomson & Gerry Gray
Stage Manager: Wallena Higgins
Pinafore is one of the most performed shows in history — on stage somewhere in the world virtually any week in any year … because it is such good fun. It’s a wonderfully silly spoof of Victorian British snobbery. It’s a comic musical/opera, filled with well-known ditties and witty repartee.
Sir Joseph, First Lord of the Admiralty, plans to marry Josephine, daughter of a mere Captain. She in turn plans to elope (with the crew’s connivance) with Rafe Rackstraw, a mere sailor. All is changed when Buttercup (who runs a floating convenience store for the fleet) comes forth to reveal her fateful secret of mistaken identity. The rousing conclusion promises a triple wedding — Hurrah!
Mounting Pinafore was a big decision for ACT because of the large scale: 40 people on stage plus a medium-size orchestra, a budget $16,000, and a difficult debate about whether to risk the Confederation Centre’s Main Stage. It did pay off, and led to production of several other G&S comic operas in subsequent years.
Josephine: Lindsay Michael
Rafe: Greg Ellard
Captain Corcoran:David McMullen
Sir Joseph:Raymond Moore
Dick Deadeye: Ben Kinder
… plus Valerie Moore, René Hurtubise, Ivan Dowling … total cast of 40