Gilbert & Sullivan Austin presented a Concert Performance of “H.M.S. Pinafore,” a beautiful and romantic tale of a lowly sailor and his love for the captain’s daughter. Austin audiences were captivated by this a comic opera full of topsy-turvy humor and boatloads of bright and cheerful tunes.

Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 7:30pm
Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 2:00pm

"H.M.S. Pinafore" satirizes the snobbery and hypocrisy of the English social system of the day, as the beautiful daughter of the ship’s captain falls in love with a lowly seaman. This groundbreaking musical also pokes good-natured fun at patriotism, party politics, the Royal Navy, and the appointment of unqualified people to positions of authority.

The first authorized production of "H.M.S. Pinafore" in America opened on December 1, 1879, with, according to legend, Gilbert on stage in the chorus. Its unprecedented popularity fostered an American audience for musical theatre, while the show itself became a model for form and content for musicals that followed. "H.M.S.Pinafore" influences in popular culture include movies and television, with references appearing in, for instance, "Chariots of Fire," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Star Trek: Insurrection," "The West Wing," "The Simpsons," and "Family Guy."

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Production Team

Ralph MacPhail, Jr.
Artistic & Stage Director

Jeffrey Jones-Ragona
Music Director

Jeanne Sasaki


Arthur DiBianca

Robert LeBas

Jeffrey Jones-Ragona

Reagan Murdock

Bruno César Barbosa

Scott Poppaw

Chantal Freeman

Abigail Adams

Bonnie Bogovich

Whit Allee

Bradley Boatright

Garrett Cordes

Andy Fleming

Gary Hallock

Jake Jacobsen

Ian Stilwell

Jay Young

Corinna Browning

Patricia Combs

Leann Fryer

Janette Jones

Erica Salinas