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UTSA Lyric Theatre presents 'H.M.S. Pinafore'

(Sept. 22, 2004)--The UTSA Lyric Theatre presents the classic Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, "H.M.S. Pinafore," at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and Oct. 2 and a matinee performance at 3 p.m., Oct. 3 in the Arts Building Recital Hall on the UTSA 1604 Campus.

Directed by Assistant Professor William McCrary, the comic opera composed in 1878 by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan is one of the most famous operas of all time. Its popularity is ascribed to its infectious tunes, humor and well-constructed story.

Pictured from the UTSA production are David Davila (left) as Captain Corcoran and Thomas Saulsberry as Sir Joseph Porter.

"H.M.S. Pinafore or The Lass Who Loved a Sailor" created controversy when first performed in Britain because of its satire of the hypocrisy of the Victorian society of the day. The story of secrets, snobbery, mistaken identities and unrequited love became so popular that pirated versions of the story were performed in America before Gilbert and Sullivan produced it there.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, and $10 for students, adults 55 and older, and military members with I.D. For the Sept. 30 performance only, student tickets are $5. To purchase tickets by credit card, call 210-458-5685.

--Tim Brownlee

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"H.M.S. Pinafore" plot synopsis

While the H.M.S Pinafore is anchored at Portsmouth, peddler Little Buttercup tries to sell provisions to the sailors. It is revealed that a sailor, Ralph Rackstraw, is hopelessly in love with the captain's daughter, Josephine, who is betrothed to the wealthy Sir Joseph Porter. Nevertheless, Josephine expresses her love for Ralph and wants to elope -- which is scandalous due to their class difference.

Meanwhile, Buttercup has fallen in love with the captain, but he cannot return her love because of their difference in status. After it is revealed that the captain and Ralph accidentally were exchanged at birth, the captain marries Buttercup and Ralph marries Josephine. The lovers express their happiness in song amongst a choir of sailors.

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