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Main Street Opera does ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ in March

Preview February 22, 2019 Encore Staff

CANTON—Main Street Opera Theatre presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic masterpiece, 03/1 for only two performances on March 15 and 16 at The Village Theatre at Cherry Hill. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 PM. Tickets can be ordered online at www.cantonvillagetheater.org.

Tickets can also be purchased by calling the box office, (734) 394-5300, ext. 3, or by visiting the box office at The Village Theater, 50400 Cherry Hill Road Canton, MI 48187.

H.M.S. Pinafore – or the Lass That Loved a Sailor was Gilbert and Sullivan’s fourth collaboration and their first blockbuster hit. The comic operetta opened in London in 1898 and ran for 571 performances. When it premiered in Boston the following year, one critic wrote, “Going to Pinafore has become a mania.” The plot revolves around thwarted love between members of different social classes, namely the daughter of the gentlemanly Captain of the Pinafore who has fallen in love with a common sailor but is betrothed to the First Lord of the Admiralty. In true Gilbert and Sullivan fashion, true love reigns. The show includes such familiar songs as “I’m Called Little Buttercup,” “When I Was a Lad,” and “I am the Captain of the Pinafore.”

The cast includes Shannon Watts as Josephine, Robert Skylis as Ralph Rackstraw, Mitch Gillett as Sir Joseph Porter, Kurt Bowen as Captain Corcoran, and Leslie Ann Naeve as Little Buttercup. The show is directed by Noelle Jacquez and Elsbeth Hott. Kevin Naeve will conduct the pit orchestra.

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