HMS Pinafore (2012)

The story 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 opera’s humor focuses on love between members of different social classes and lampoons the British class system in general. Pinafore also pokes good-natured fun at patriotism, party politics, the Royal Navy, and the rise of unqualified people to positions of authority. (from Wikipedia)

[This version of HMS Pinafore was conceived by Ann Pool MacNab of the SF Lamplighters]

HMS Pinafore Program 2012


  • The Rt. Hon. Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B. (First Lord of the Admiralty) – Dennis Britten
  • Captain Corcoran (Commanding H.M.S. Pinafore) – Ron Swingen
  • Ralph Rackstraw (Able Seaman) – Michael Hilton
  • Dick Deadeye (Able Seaman) – Laurence Cox
  • Josephine (The Captain’s Daughter) – Hayley Nasman
  • Hebe (Sir Joseph’s First Cousin) – Jody Spradlin
  • Little Buttercup (A Portsmouth Bumboat Woman) – Jan Rosenthal

First Lord’s Sisters, his Cousins, his Aunts

  • Phyllis Fort (and Stand by for Hebe & Buttercup)


  • Director – Dennis Britten
  • Accompanist – Linda Smith
  • Producer – Paul Roder
  • Stage Manager – Tony Smith
  • Costumes – Phyllis Fort, Sue Ellen Christensen, Dennis Britten
  • House Manager – Karen Roder