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Our 2017 Show: H.M.S. Pinafore; or, The Lass That Loved a Sailor

After a tremendously successful 2016 run of The Pirates of Penzance, The Savoy Company is proud to return to the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in 2017 with another Gilbert & Sullivan classic: H.M.S. Pinafore; or, The Lass That Loved a Sailor. Pinafore was Gilbert Sullivan's first international sensation, with memorable songs such as "He Is An Englishman," "When I Was a Lad," "I Am the Monarch of the Sea," and "We Sail the Ocean Blue."

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.

Savoy will be performing H.M.S. Pinafore at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre on May 12th and 13th, 2017, and under the stars onstage at the Open Air Theatre amid the tranquil beauty of Longwood Gardens on June 9th and 10th. Click here for ticket information!


  • The Rt. Hon. Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B. (First Lord of the Admiralty) - Ross Druker
  • Captain Corcoran (Commanding H.M.S. Pinafore) - David Price
  • Tom Tucker (Midshipmite) - Stas Kraynak
  • Ralph Rackstraw (Able Seaman) - Michael Maicher
  • Dick Deadeye (Able Seaman) - Aaron Manthey
  • Bill Bobstay (Boatswain's Mate) - Fred Dittman
  • Bob Becket (Carpenter's Mate) - Brian Clark
  • Josephine (The Captain's Daughter) - Rachel Sigman
  • Cousin Hebe (Sir Joseph's First Cousin - Sheila M. Haswell
  • Little Buttercup (A Portsmouth Bumboat Woman) - Shellie Camp

Production Staff:

  • Stage Director - Bill Kiesling
  • Music Director - Peter Hilliard
  • Production Manager - William Kader, Jr.
  • Backstage Directors - Patsy Porter, Scott Russell
  • Choreographer - Jennifer Bradbury
  • Stage Manager - Emily Sturz
  • Assistant Production Manager - Geoffrey R. Berwind
  • Assistant Music Director - Robert Binkley
  • Assistant Stage Manager - Antony F. P. Vickery
  • Stage Left Manager - Jennifer Link Russell
  • Costumers - Hether May, Gail Cooper
  • Dance Captains - Whitney Gelrod, Christopher Jones, Ed Young
  • Dramaturg - Michael Theophano
  • Lighting Designer - Scott P. Cannon
  • Makeup Design - Haley Waugh
  • Orchestra Contractor - Norman Speilberg
  • Properties Manager - Patricia O'Donnell
  • Assistant Properties Managers - Amber Gay, Terese Zaccardi
  • Rehearsal Accompanists - Barbara Browne, Mark Yurkanin
  • Set Designer - Michael Lambui
  • Sound - Lee Longenberger
  • Music Director Emeritus - Dan Rothermel
  • Graphic Designer - Jen Chesterton

The Savoy Company Board of Directors for 2016-2017:


  • President:
    • Martha Smylie
  • Vice Presidents:
    • Aaron Manthey
    • Gene Schneyer
  • Secretary: Lauren Meyer
  • Treasurer: Amber Gay

Board Members:

  • Term expiring upon installation of next president:
    • Geoffrey R. Berwind
    • Michael M. Wittich
  • Term expiring 2017:
    • Linda Marie Bell
    • Amy Williams
  • Term expiring 2018:
    • Jen Chesterson
    • Carly Linder
  • Term expiring 2019:
    • Ben Carlson
    • Christopher Jones

Members of the Advisory Board:Meggin R. Capers, Mark D. Chiacchiere, Peggy Mathieson Conver, Thomas K. Crumlish, Samuel W. M. Griffin, William M. Kader, Jr., Edward J. Kaier, Lisa A. McCormick, Nancy Morgenstern, Esq., Patricia A. Porter, John H. Scott, Suzanne A. M. Segermark, Stephan Stoeckl, Thomas E. Tyler, Anne Lenehan Woodcock


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