The Guthrie Theater Presents H.M.S. Pinafore
Airs Friday, October 14, 2011 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Gilbert and Sullivan’s first blockbuster is among the most crowd-pleasing comic musicals in history, loved for its dynamite songs, gleefully entertaining story and saucy satire. The captain’s daughter is in love with an ordinary sailor but her father has a more sophisticated suitor in mind. Will she and her beloved defy convention and set sail for love?
Filled with Sullivan’s memorable melodies – infused with fresh musical arrangements ranging from big band swing to classic pop – "H.M.S. Pinafore" is pure joy and sensational entertainment for everyone, young or old.
The performance was filmed at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis in August 2011. Directed for the stage by Joe Dowling and for broadcast by Michael Beyer, the show’s cast includes (in alphabetical order) Lauren Asheim, Christina Baldwin, Robert O. Berdahl, Joseph Bigelow, Nathan Bird, Nathaniel Braga, Barbara Bryne, Seri Johnson, Aleks Knezevich, Timotha Lanae, Adam Lendermon, Heather Lindell, Molly Sue McDonald, Nicholas McGough, Robb McKindles, Tinia Moulder, Alfie Parker, Jr., Adrian Pena, Simone Perrin, Kersten Rodau, Laura Rudolph, Adam Sarette, Jason Simon, Brian Skellenger, Brian Sostek, Peter Thomson and J. Tyler Whitmer.
In addition to Dowling, artistic staff for the stage production includes Andrew Cooke (Music Director/Arrangements/Orchestrations), David Bolger (Choreographer/Musical Staging), Frank Hallinan Flood (Set Designer), Fabio Toblini (Costume Designer), Malcolm Rippeth (Lighting Designer), Scott W. Edwards (Sound Designer), Wade Clark (Orchestrations), Mark Henderson (Orchestrations), Adi Yeshaya (Orchestrations), Jo Holcomb (Dramaturg), Lucinda Holshue (Voice and Dialect Consultant), Chris A. Code (Stage Manager), Martha Kulig (Assistant Stage Manager), Timothy Markus (Assistant Stage Manager) and James McNamara (Assistant Director).
Actor Rainn Wilson hosts the evening’s presentation, produced by PBS member station Twin Cities Public Television.